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Entering Data

Posted: 4 Mar 2012 3:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have downloaded RootsMagic's free genealogy program. I've never used any software before, and cannot make up my mind as to where I should begin my "tree" or pedigree. With me? Or, should I keep my paternal line and maternal line in two different trees/pedigrees? Any suggestions, pros, cons? I don't want to enter a ton of information and then decide I should do it differently. Thanks.
(P.S. I also posed this question on the RootsMagic Software link.)

Re: Entering Data

Posted: 4 Mar 2012 12:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
First off, it's YOUR tree, do it however you want to.
Personally I am doing my CHILDRENS' tree. That way I do mine and my wife's all in one go. If you keep your maternal and paternal trees seperate YOU will not appear on either, nor will your siblings, nephews and nieces.
And no, you don't have to make your mind up before you start, when you have entered a few dozen folk you will have a much better idea of whether the style suits what you want to achieve. If not then starting again will not be as bad as starting from scrtch (the research will still hold good). Changing your mind after entering a few thousand people is much more of a bind!
Rob

Re: Entering Data

Posted: 4 Mar 2012 6:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Voyager

I use Family Tree Maker but I think the same conditions would apply to RootsMagic or any other program.

In FTM it is fairly easy to split of a part of your tree to share with others or for whatever reason you may have to split of a part of your tree. It can be very difficult to combine trees. The more individuals you have in the trees the harder it is. People duplicated in both trees do not always get merged. People with similar names and vital stats sometimes are merged even though they are two distinct individuals. It can become a major problem reviewing the combined tree to find these and other problems.

If you make paternal and maternal trees you may find individuals that belong in both trees. The brother of your paternal GG grandfather married the second cousin once removed of your maternal GGG grandmother. Now you have to start entering individuals in both trees. Every update you make to one tree you will have to check to see if it applies to the other tree.

Curt


Re: Entering Data

Posted: 5 Mar 2012 7:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for some good thoughts. From your reply and other posts I have decided to start with myself.

Re: Entering Data

Posted: 5 Mar 2012 7:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you. Your post (and other posts) have told me exactly what I wanted to know. I'm going to start with myself.
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