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December 7, 2006

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Genealogy Tip: Adding Documentation To Your Family Tree At OneGreatFamily

Learn How to Add Sources at OneGreatFamily

In last week's newsletter we featured an article on the importance of documenting your family tree. The following are instructions to add documentation information to your family tree at OneGreatFamily.

To add documentation to an ancestor's record, simply open an Individual Record in Genealogy Browser. On the right side you will see buttons for the different types of documentation features:

Citations: Citations are references to the specific evidence that you have found on an individual during your research. Citations are very important for establishing the credibility of information, but they can also help others in their research. The information you save in the citations becomes part of OneGreatFamily and is available to others to help with the collaborative effort.

Citations are stored with each specific individual's information. When you click the citation button, you are presented with the citation window containing listings for Individual Sources, Birth Sources, Death Sources, Christening Sources, and Burial Sources. These five categories help to group citations for quick access. Be sure you name your citations with a title that is explanatory and easy to understand at a glance.

Biography: Open the Biography window by selecting the Biography icon. This section allows you to insert files of three different formats: text (txt), rich text format (rtf), or hyper-text markup language (html). By allowing these different file types, biographies on individuals can be simple or stylized. You are also not limited to just one file; you can make as many files as you would like to include.

Notes: The Notes section is where you store those extra bits of information that don't seem to fit anywhere else, but are important enough to keep. When editing an individual's information, click on the notes button on the right, represented here in the spot shadow. The notes window will display, and you can add information as needed.

Research Log: Research notes can be extremely helpful to you and others working on the same areas of genealogy. While doing your research, leave yourself memos on recent information you have found, where you have left off, or anything that will help in the process. These memos will be helpful for you, others in your family group, and any others in OneGreatFamily that are trying to further the collaborative effort on research for that person.

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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews

United States 1920 Census

by Mandy Matthews, Family Historian

Continuing our study of the United States Census, this week we will look at the 1920 census. As the census progressed, more questions were asked. Here is what the 1920 census contains:

  • Place of abode
    • Street, avenue, road, etc.
    • House number or farm
  • Name of each person whose place of abode on January 1, 1920, was in this family
  • Relationship of this person to the head of the family
  • Tenure
    • Home owned or rented
    • If owned, free or mortgaged
  • Personal Description
    • Sex
    • Color or Race
    • Age at last birthday
    • Single, married, widowed, or divorced
  • Citizenship
    • Year of immigration to the United States
    • Naturalized or alien
    • If naturalized, year of naturalization
  • Education
    • Attended school anytime since September 1, 1919
    • Able to read
    • Able to write
  • Nativity and Mother Tongue – Place of birth of each person and parents of each person enumerated. If born in the United States, give state or territory. If foreign birth, give the place of birth, and, in addition, the mother tongue.
    • Person – place of birth, mother tongue
    • Father – place of birth, mother tongue
    • Mother – place of birth, mother tongue
  • Occupation
    • Able to speak English
    • Trade, profession, or particular kind of work done.
    • Industry, business, or establishment in which at work.
    • Employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account
    • Number of farm on schedule

The citizenship information obtained on this census can be very valuable. If you can obtain the year of immigration, you can be led to a specific time period to search for passenger logs and immigration records. The year of naturalization can lead you to the actual naturalization records, which can provide valuable information on where an individual is born, sometimes including the town, village, or parish name.

Another valuable piece of information is the mother tongue of an individual. This is particularly helpful in areas in and around Germany. The German borders changed so many times, as well as many of the Slovick nations, the language spoken can give you a clue to the specific demographic area. Whether your ancestor immigrated during this time period or not, the census always sheds light into the details of your ancestors’ lives. The details are what make family history exciting, please don’t overlook them!

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