Preparing a Life Story

How long does one keep researching before you have to say, enough is enough? Recently someone posted on the Legacy User Group on Facebook, that every so often they print out an updated Ancestral Report and leave it lying around on their coffee table. When family visit, they pick up the book and start reading and asking questions. Well, we can but hope!

So, I thought why not print out an Ancestral Report for the MacKay ancestors and another one for the Cripps ancestor, both maternal and paternal on my husband’s and my family.

Well, that was easier said than done. Over the years, I haven’t been consistent in entering data. The dates, names etc., are fine, I’ve been diligent in connecting the leaves to the branches and build a tree, but it was the rest of the information, the finer detail that builds the story. Like, who were the witnesses to a wedding, what church they married in, occupations? And the UK census records, they needed entering too, but where? In my early days of using Legacy Family Tree, I didn’t press all its buttons, so kept to the bare basics, by entering this extra detail into General Notes. But that wasn’t very successful, as although you can enter multiple sources, it didn’t mark which source belonged to which entry.

I’ve watched a couple of webinars and saw that entering this data as text in the source records was an option. And another webinar showed using Events. This was a better option as the event would sort itself chronologically which allowed you to build on the information and you can see at a glance what information you have or don’t have. So this has become my preferred option.

But! When I went to print out my reports, I noticed that I hadn’t gone back and tidied up the Notes, nor the Sources, so I have double up of information, which to the non-genealogist would prove to be overwhelming and off-putting.

So much for printing one of these out and have it lying around, I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of tidying up to do first. No more research for me, just print out a draft copy of the report and start tidying it up. Didn’t I say I was going to do a Do-Over sometime ago? Well, I can but try again. I’m sure someone will thank me one day!!

Don’t you wish we just knew how to do things properly from the beginning and you wouldn’t have to keep going back!!

Legacy Family Tree is my software of choice, although I have recently purchased RootsMagic, I haven’t delved into it too far. I felt that I need to tidy my Legacy files up first before importing.



About Jenny MacKay

Just a person who is looking forward to retirement and enjoying the golden years!
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3 Responses to Preparing a Life Story

  1. kardu13 says:

    I haven’t done anything for awhile 😳😳😳😳

    Karen Yates Advisor Creative Memories Mob: 0427381089


  2. Kerry & Jim says:

    Jenny, it is often the case…we start something without realising that the final outcome may not be what we thought it would be. Unfortunatley with anything computer related though, it certainly seems to take an awfully long time get it just how you want it. Good luck, we already appreciate all the work you do!!!!! Merry Christmas to you all!

    • Jenny MacKay says:

      The trouble is Kerry, things keep changing when someone finds a better way of doing something, and if we want to use their software, we have to suck it up, and accept the changes. Too bad if it messes with my brain! Merry Christmas to you and Jim too. Would love to catch up if you’re ever up this way.

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