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Subject: Re: [APG] NGS Quarterly format
Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 12:44:45 EDT
I am worrying about something in Elizabeth's comments.
The most important point to note regarding the children's list in NGSQ
format -- and this is a point that many of the genealogical programs
ignore -- is that birth, marriage, and death details should be given on each
child in that children's list. Don't just list the children with birth dates
and stop there for everybody who is carried forward.
Now I have been suffering over this in writing an article. If dates and
places are straightforward and can be handled with a few footnotes, this is
great. What do I do with the person who is not so straightforward? I have one
individual who has 4 different birth years, etc in different records. A
discussion of his birth date takes up most of a page. However, wouldn't this
discussion be better placed in the later discussion of the man rather than
here? And if so, what on earth do I say here? I have an opinion as to which
date is correct based upon a complicated set of evidence. But it offends me
to just quote ONE date and not mention other contradictory data. Should I
just mention that there is contradictory data and not list it? I am very
uncomfortable with this situation.
My people never seem to be straightforward.