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Subject: Re: [TMG] Unknowns
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:38:34 EDT
My approach is slightly different from some. I do a lot of one name studies.
For example, right now I am working on a Sorrells family with North Carolina
roots. Buncombe County (Asheville) is the area where most of these people
are to be found. I have to believe that almost any Sorrells person I find in
Buncombe is probably related. I create a fictitious person named Dad BnNC
(Buncombe County, NC). Any person I find first in Buncombe County whom I can not
identify becomes a son of Dad BnNC. If or when I identify the person it is a
simple task to change the person's father. I find this method a real timesaver.
I do not linger too long over a person I can not identify. I simply list him
or her as a son or daughter of the fictitious person, in this case Dad BnNC.
I include everything I know about him, BMD, census or whatever. If I find a
match at some future time I can easily merge the son of Dad BnNC with the
identified person and his information to get all information under one person.
Quite often an identification of another Sorrells will help to identify one of
the unidentified. TMG again helps those of us who are memory challenged. I
always check the pick list for possible matches when adding anyone either
identified or unidentified. The new feature of TMG where possible matches are
listed also helps. All sorts of groupings are possible using the fictitious
person concept. For example I also have a father for Dad BnNC called Dad NC. Dad
NC has as sons any county in NC with unidentified persons. This system keeps
all unidentified folks in easily found categories and I check them
frequently to see if I have learned anything since the last time I checked them. Dale
In a message dated 6/21/2008 12:50:36 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Anyone, like me, doing a "one-name" study collects all sorts of initially
unrelated people. Seems to me that there are several good reasons to keep
them all in your main project:
1. Someday they may connect up and you will be glad you have them and know
where you found them.
2. Would think that all of the line-related reports out of TMG will ignore
them, so they will not clutter up standard output vehicles.
3. You can set up a flag to identify them, so you can include them or
exclude them in website development.
4. As you add new people to your project you will get potential matches
identified that will remind you to check those strays.
Like others I use a flag and an accent color to make these people (I call
them "strays") visible in the picklist and Project Explorer. I get lots of
them in my Ball project from census data that I can't immediately link up to
known families, but that I hope to eventually connect to one of the several
hundred Ball immigrants to New England.
> From: [mailto:] On Behalf
> Sent: June 20, 2008 5:31 PM
> Subject: [TMG] Unknowns
> I'm just curious as to what the people on the list do with a bunch of
> unknown people.
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