This time I finished entering all the California death certificates and started the Oklahoma ones. Each state gets it's own source label (Death Certificates - California, Death Certificates - Oklahoma, etc.), because the records come from different repositories. It's just easier for me to input one state at a time.
Death certificates are (usually) rich with information. You can find birth dates and places, death dates and places, spouse names, occupations, parent names and often birthplaces, residences, cause of death, and name of the informant--which is often a family member or friend.
For each fact I entered in my fancy new database, I'd include the respective death certificate as a source. When all is said and done, it can take a while to mine all the information off of a detailed death certificate. That's why this is an all day process.
This weekend also provided an opportunity to work with RootsMagic 4 some more. I am getting better at navigating the program. When I screw something up, like attaching great-grandparents to the wrong kids, I can fix it now without much searching for help.
RootsMagic has two features I'm starting to use a lot: notes and to-do lists. I am a list maker in real life, so this is right up my alley. You can write notes about a person or event. What you write shows up in reports. For example, my great-grandfather was a physician and signed several of the death certificates of ancestors. I included that observation in the "notes" section of certain ancestors' death facts and it will show up when reports are printed. I think you can check a box so notes don't show up if you want, but I haven't made it that far yet.
The to-do list is wonderful. You can record each item on your to-do list and print them out if need be. You list a task, rate it's urgency from 1-10, and make notes on what you've searched, what still needs to be done, etc. It's sort of like a research log for any given task. I love the to-do lists.
As of today, I have a whopping 89 people in my new database. I've got a looooooong way to go. But you know what? All those folks' lives are recorded and include citations, glorious citations. The result is very cool when I create mock reports.
Hopefully, I can carve out another day to play with this database between now and the holidays. I need to finish the death certificates (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri).