03 October 2012

Software tracks 'unrelated' persons of interest as you research your ancestors

Source:  http://conifer-trees.treephotoss.com/famly-tree-com/

Just the other day, I had a client ask me when I would compile a family tree?  The reason he was asking this is that we had been talking about several individuals who I “think” are related to one another as siblings, though, beyond geography and the same unusual surname, I have nothing “proving” a connection.  Without a visual “image,” it is getting hard to keep track of who is who!

I explained to him that I actually had a “bunch” of little trees and that I just didn’t yet feel comfortable creating one composite tree!  Some day, I do hope to “connect” all my little trees into one “proven” family and for now, I’m afraid my client will continue to suffer!

This is one of the techniques described in Sharon Tate Moody’s post Software tracks 'unrelated' persons of interest

... For example, someone using FamilyTreeMaker can go to "People" in the main toolbar. Click "Person>Add Person>Add Unrelated Person." Someone using Reunion would go to "Edit" on the tool bar and then select "Add Unrelated Person."

Using the "unrelated person" feature of our software will allow us more control over our records — and our aging memories.

When we identify someone as an "unrelated person," we can use subsequent panels in the program to build an account for him. Some programs call these panels "events" and others call them "facts."

Do read her full post.

How do you track people who you “think” might be related until such a time as you either prove the connection or need to “prune” them from your tree?

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