This weekend, I scheduled a significant block of personal genealogy time to work on my own Super Duper Family Tree. Last year I started building a family tree from scratch, with each and every fact backed up by a reliable source and citation.
At this point, I have 301 people in this database. It's mostly compiled of great-great grandparents and descendants. I'm trying to bring all these lines as far as I can into the present. Then I will work backwards again, making sure I've examined and used facts from all the records in my semi-organized pile of papers.
It's a slow process, but the results are starting to look awesome. When I look at individual records, there are check marks by each fact. That means there's a source that you can consult, should you want to verify my research.
I've been patiently building source templates, one at a time. Each template has information about the repository as well as the pertinent citation information. RootsMagic, my software of choice for this endeavor, has a set of ready-made templates in the style of Evidence Explained. So far, I've been able to use these for most of my citations. The trick is to take the time to fill in all the blanks, including repository information. For the times when I have to create my own templates, it's slightly confusing, but I always figure out a solution.
Now that I have more people in my tree, when I print up mock reports, there are actual facts in them. I'm starting to add head shots (cropped out of other photos) for people as well.
In the spectrum of family tree databases, mine is quite small. However, it grows a little each time I work on it. In the future, it will look great.
Slow and steady wins the race. It also provides great satisfaction in knowing I have all my ducks in a row and all my citations in order.
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