Hi Julie, I have collected some Census information, Marriages and Cemetery Records for my one name study. I would like to start entering individuals into Roots Magic. The marriages have spouses and marriage dates but no age or parents for the early marriages.
Would you suggest I begin with Census, marriage, or cemetery records? Once I enter an individual or married couple should I enter all of the information I can find about this person/couple from all my sources? Or stick to one set of data at a time and add all the individuals in that source before adding other information from other sources? I’m itching to begin playing with Roots Magic.
This was a question posted to me via email. I have removed the individual’s name, so they cannot be identified and whilst I did answer the question privately I thought I would also share it here. Firstly, there is NO right or wrong way to start entering data into your program of choice.
I responded by saying that I would start with a marriage of an individual. I then went on and said that I would likely continue with marriages, but sometimes it is useful to flesh the married couple out further, either as individuals or as a couple. Regardless on the method you choose, sometimes there are individuals whether in your own family or not, study or not, who are just interesting for whatever reason and then you want to flesh out their lives using material across a variety of data-sets.
As long as you keep a log of what you have done, you will not waste time or repeat work.
I also commented to try both methods, so enter a few marriages then switch to entering a couple where you flesh out their details. Which way seems the most natural to you? Once you know the answer to that then you will be off to a flying start. Remember though, you can change your methodology when it suits you. Just remember to cite sources and make notes in your research log and your to do list.