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Old 09 November 2018, 07:24 PM
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Thank you, Susan!!!! And Paul Reitz!
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Old 12 November 2018, 09:25 PM
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It's actually Paul Reitz's idea, so kudos to him. I've found it very helpful.
Thanks, good to know we can help each other!

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2. Proximity of birth years can show potential sibling relationships. In this case, I might find from further analysis that Joseph b1798 and James possibly born around 1805 could well be brothers. Same for Henry possibly born 1852 and Hugh possibly born 1862.

Misc note: I use a question mark after a birth year if I'm just guessing at a birth year from other data: marriage date, parents' marriage date, known sibling's birth year, birth year of a child, etc. In the memo field, I write "guessing from X date." This is to help with grouping with potential siblings, such as shown here, AND because I got tired of clicking on a person's name (who has no known dates) in the right-hand People column to see if this is the person I want, only to find that I'm a hundred years off. A guessed-at date is better than none, IMHO. If I have a Source for an approximate birth year, THAT's when I use "abt 1805."

Hope this helps!
Susan, how exactly do you get those collectors to show in yellow in list views? Most of my collectors are at the top of the tree, and I don't know any simpler way to do it than to add a dummy parent and change the child gender via Children -> Batch Entry, then delete the parent. Is there a simpler way?

Absolutely agree with you on point #2 and the following note!! With many people of same first and last names, having a dob is essential to be able to separate them generationally, from the list, even if it's just an educated guess.

If there is data that provides a calculable year of birth, such as age in census, I use the term "ca." before the year, and have Reunion sort on that year and for source use a census year designator (i.e., 1900 census is source 1181 in my file.) I know them all by heart, now. ;>)

But if there's no data on which to base YOB, I use "est." and estimate a child's father's YOB as 25 years before the child's, or vice-versa. Usually use 22 years for the mother, unless there's a known string of children.

To differentiate likely families when looking at a list, having a location for everyone is very helpful. Even if an exact birth location isn't known, the census location works for a custom 'lived at' Fact, with the census year designator as the source.
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Susan, how exactly do you get those collectors to show in yellow in list views? Most of my collectors are at the top of the tree, and I don't know any simpler way to do it than to add a dummy parent and change the child gender via Children -> Batch Entry, then delete the parent. Is there a simpler way?
Put your Collector "person" in Family View, as if it's the parent. Click on it as if you want to change the name, add a Source to the name, etc. You'll be on the Name tab (not Events or Facts, etc.) Look to the right of the First/Middle Name box, and you'll see Sex. Use the arrow to change it to Unknown. That should make it yellow after you hit "Done" and go back to Family View.

I agree with all your other comments about ensuring there is an approximate date so that generations can be spotted, and having a location. We are just using different abbreviations to show how we get the dates. :-)
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