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By makas_nc - Posted on 08 February 2007

As Arturo has already mentioned there is a great need to standardize the
submissions from the newest group members. If you go to these new
submissions within their folders sometimes it is very difficult to
understand who is who because of the way the information is entered.

If you are a new member and just started your research you need to start
working toward standardizing your information within a genealogy
program. One very good and FREE option is PAF.

Go to the www.familysearch.org site
(http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/Welcome/simplePAFRegistration.asp)
and download a free copy of PAF and start entering in your data. PAF
will help you be more organized and later we can then resubmit your PAF
assisted file.

thanks,

joseph

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Joseph Puentes
http://H2Opodcast.com (Environment Podcast)
http://NuestraFamiliaUnida.com (Latin American History)

But those of us with MACs cannot use that. Now what? Marge:)
On Feb 8, 2007, at 6:49 AM, Joseph Puentes wrote:

>
> As Arturo has already mentioned there is a great need to standardize
> the
> submissions from the newest group members. If you go to these new
> submissions within their folders sometimes it is very difficult to
> understand who is who because of the way the information is entered.
>
> If you are a new member and just started your research you need to
> start
> working toward standardizing your information within a genealogy
> program. One very good and FREE option is PAF.
>
> Go to the www.familysearch.org site
> (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/Welcome/
> simplePAFRegistration.asp)
> and download a free copy of PAF and start entering in your data. PAF
> will help you be more organized and later we can then resubmit your PAF
> assisted file.
>
> thanks,
>
> joseph
>
> ===================
>
> Joseph Puentes
> http://H2Opodcast.com (Environment Podcast)
> http://NuestraFamiliaUnida.com (Latin American History)
>
>
>

Marge:

The descendancy charts in your file folder are beautiful and so full of information that I you need not worry about fixing or improving them. I believe Joseph was refering to people who have simply listed names without a way of tracking relationships between the names in any coherent manner and/or without dates or locations.

But the fact that you have such beautiful reports and use a Mac brings up an interesting question... what software did you use to produce your charts?

There is a site dedicated to Mac genealogy software:

http://www.macgenealogy.org/

Among the software they list is Personal Ancestry Writer II, which is basically software produced to take over the PAF Mac version project after the LDS abandoned supporting it and still provides the software for free:

http://www.lanopalera.net./Genealogy/AboutPAWriter.html

Also, any member can have a personal tree created in the GEDCOM database where they can enter their data so that it is organized and displayed in standard formats. The software produces printable reports as well, though they are not as pretty as those that come out of PAF or FamilyTreeMaker.
http://www.macgenealogy.org/personal-ancestry-writer-ii-pawriter/

I would just like to say a word of caution. While each of us is probably meticulously referencing our work, we may want to safeguard that information. While it is good to share with those you know are researching the same family and as we know two, three and four researcher sharing information work more efficiently and avoid duplication of the same work, please err on the side of caution. I ran into a woman who regularly publishes her information and she said she knows a someone who sent her information, which was years and years of research, into a website complete with references and someone else took credit for her work. Of course individuals may not care if this happens, but then I felt I should just post a warning.

Maureen Bejar

Maureen, you bring up a very good illustration of the goals of doing genealogy work.. We all have a different agenda on our reasons for putting in years and years of work researching records. It's alway nice when someone credits us with what we've shared with them, some will and others won't, that's the reality of putting it online for others to find. Some do the work and offer their records and research skills for a fee, that's a good thing, I'm always happy to pay for someone else's time if necessary.

When we join a group like Nuestros Ranchos we know that some in the group fit into every catagory, I'm okay with that because of what others have freely shared here I've advanced my own personal research but it's a good reminder to always give credit where it belongs.

Personally I'm in the share for free group and do put my research online in the hopes that my work will help someone else who doesn't have the time or money to reconnect with thier family history. I get e-mails almost daily from people online trying to learn how to find records, do research and learn about thier Mexican ancestors.. We open a door for so many to get started, hopefully what I share is just a start for them and they will just use it as a foundation to further their knowledge and research skills.

I do thank you for the reminder to give credit where credit is due..
Linda in Everett

Maureen Bejar wrote:

I would just like to say a word of caution. While each of us is probably meticulously referencing our work, we may want to safeguard that information. While it is good to share with those you know are researching the same family and as we know two, three and four researcher sharing information work more efficiently and avoid duplication of the same work, please err on the side of caution. I ran into a woman who regularly publishes her information and she said she knows a someone who sent her information, which was years and years of research, into a website complete with references and someone else took credit for her work. Of course individuals may not care if this happens, but then I felt I should just post a warning.

Maureen Bejar

I did forget another thing I should have said abt sharing our work online.

I want to thank Steve Campos for all the research he's shared on Familysearch.com. He has helped me link more lines together than any other person sharing info online. I sent him a thank you but never heard from him but now I see his name in our files list.. So, Steve I can't tell you how much you've inspired me to share for the joy of sharing and helping others. You have been a mentor to me without even knowing it. Your example has truly been inspiring.

Thank you again, Linda in Everett

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