Entering Census info in all family members at once
Posted 08 March 2005 - 09:07 PM
Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:00 PM
1. Individual Census Fact, where you assign the fact to an individual. There are 10 members of the family, then you will need to assign this same fact to each individual. There is no way of taking a shortcut through assigning it to all members all at once.
2. Census (Family) fact. This fact gets assigned to both the mother and father of the family at once by simply editing the husband and add the Census (Family) fact to him. His wife will also receive the same fact automatically. However, this same family fact is NOT automatically assigned to the children.
When you add a Census (Family) fact to the parents, their narrative report will read "They appeared in the 1880 Census at <location>.
Some RM users have suggested the following enhancement: "a little check box to popup saying who do you want to include in this census (family) fact? then you could select the ones who qualified. It makes putting in the data for a family a lot smoother."
But the trouble is, if you were to extend this family fact to the children, then when they show up in a narrative report with their own family, then the same family fact will appearwith the child and his spouse as "They appeared in the 1880 Census at <location>".
This statement would be true of the child but NOT his wife because she was not a member of his family in 1880 when he was living with his parents!
Also, the census fact (whether individual or family) should not be automatically assigned to all children because there is no guarantee that all the children were actually present at the time of the census. They could have been off at boarding school somewhere or living with a relative, or living on site at a job over in the next county. There is no telling. Or they might have been born AFTER the 1880 census, so obviously that child wasn't really present at the time of the census.
Posted 11 March 2005 - 10:01 PM
Posted 11 March 2005 - 10:30 PM
Re-import that GEDCOM file and add a source as you import the GEDCOM file.
The source can be added to the person, as a general source, or to each fact or both.
Then, you have to do the Share merge, repository and source merge.
If you only want the source added to the census fact only, you could create a special database that only exports the census facts, import the GEDCOM into that then export it again and import it back into the main database.
Here you would probably only have to do the share merge.
But, I don't think that this is going to be much easier than memorizing and pasting the source to everyone's census fact.
Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:57 PM
Beyond that issue, the Gedcom structure could be enhanced with the concept of a household. It would be analogous to a Family - but would contain parents, children, sometimes grandparents, cousins, lodgers and other hangers-on. And, just as we have Family Data, we would have household data - that wouldn't have to be re-entered for every member of the household.
And, if we can dream of such a thing, there could be a pointer to the census image database (perhaps at Ancestry.Com), so that with one click you could view the actual census page from which the census data has been extracted.
Posted 12 September 2005 - 06:17 PM
But it would be nice not to have to enter the census event each time for the number of family members. I've had numerous cases where there were more then 10 children (plus 2 parents and maybe an in-law).
Posted 12 September 2005 - 09:26 PM
Posted 25 September 2005 - 12:27 PM
Peggy, I really like that idea. If one could paste a fact with its note and its sources to other individuals that would be a great time saver.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 26 September 2005 - 03:06 PM
Posted 28 September 2005 - 03:59 PM
Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:37 PM
TMG has a feature that I like. For any event, you can add witness's. In the case of a census, when you add someone as a witness to the primary person's event, for example the wife you get "She appeared on the census of August 26, 1850 in the census household of (Husband) in (County, State). That line appears on reports for each person listed as a witness. Pretty cool actually.