Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

Well, I got all the surname files done and so this morning I started adding the data to my FTM database. THERE IS SOOOOOOOOO MUCH STUFF TO DOCUMENT!!!!! In the FTM, there are several places to document one piece of data, so you end up repeating yourself. That’s just for one person. When you have a document that involves several people, like a census, then you have to repeat yourself several times for each person.
And then there’s the confusion of the “maiden name vs the married name”. Where do you put a wife? With her parents’ surname or her spouse’s surname? And if she outlives her husband, do her later records stay with her husband or go back to her parent’s? What if she remarries?
I have got to work out a system that I can remember and easily follow. I get so confused trying to document everything in duplicate for each individual, family, surname.
And then there’s the problem of where do you stop, as far as adding names to the data base. It’s very easy to get lost when documenting family that is “off the beaten path”, in other words how far away from my direct lines do I go? 1 generation, 2 generations, 10 generations?
I think this will be my next, most urgent task. I’ll have to figure out a system and then write it down so I can remember and follow it. This before I try to document anything else!
Why didn’t I figure this all out when I first started looking into my family history, just 4 years, 1 month and 2 days ago!!!
I think this may be the reason I sometimes drop genealogy altogether, and leave it for several months at a time. Too stressful!

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