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From: "Darrell A. Martin" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Fwd: Re: Name changes in narratives
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:04:15 -0500
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On 3/22/2011 8:09 AM, Teresa Elliott wrote:
> You did find these people someplace, right?
In fact, I actually have a few people in TMG who exist because, when I
did the data entry in my first computer in the late 1980s, it was from
my recollection of a discussion that had happened at least ten years
earlier at a family reunion. Elderly Grand-aunt (By Marriage) Mildred
and Ancient Second Cousin (Twice Removed) Bertha had a lively
back-and-forth about certain relationships among people who died in the
1800s. I was in my 20s at the time of the reunion, and had already
caught the genealogy bug. The conversation between Mildred and Bertha
made a deep impression on me, but not enough to write anything down --
and now I can't even remember Mildred and Bertha's real names.
When I tried to clarify and verify this information before typing it
into "Family Ties" on my CP/M Kaypro 2X, a decade had passed and Mildred
and Bertha were no longer with us. Other relatives vaguely recalled the
family in question; a few even remembered the discussion at the reunion;
none were willing to express an opinion on whether what I thought I
remembered was correct. "Family Ties" had no ability to record sources.
Storage was a 360KB floppy disk, and maximum usable RAM was 59KB. All
documentation was kept in physical files. The actual data entry has
survived; I GEDCOMed from FT-CP/M into FT-PC, and GEDCOMed again from
there to Roots III. I upgraded until UFT, then transferred to TMG. There
was some cleanup at each stage, but no rekeying of old data.
Someone may say all that is a "source". Sorry, but no; no way, no how. I
take source documentation much more seriously than to put such a
fractured fairy tale into TMG. "You think you recall an argument from
years ago, between two very old distant relatives whose names you can't
No, that is not typical for me; but it is not the only case like it.
Yes, I believe not having credible evidence is a problem. To me, it is a
BIG problem. But it is a problem to be solved by finding real evidence,
not by creating bogus source records in TMG just so I can say "I don't
enter people without sources".
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