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25 April 2006 @ 08:46 pm
I have finally finished comparing over 6,000 people in my old 1993 database to my current 12,000 people database. I was surprised on how many people I had to add from my old database. There were so many notes I had long forgot about. Overall it was a successful project and worth my time and effort. Now I will no longer grieve for the loss of that old database. I did find many in the old database that I wasn't going to include in the new one because they were not my blood lines. They have all been submitted long ago to Ancestral File so records are out there for people if they need it. I just am not maintaining them in my current database.

One thing I found interesting is I'm related to Edward and Samuel Fuller brothers who both came over on the Mayflower. They are my 12th great-great uncles. My 12th great-grandfather is their brother John Fuller. I never remembered that I was related to them. See it was a good thing I looked at every note I had in my old database. I found mention of many old books my father looked at to do our genealogy years ago. I need to go back and find them. Hopefully they are on microfilm so I can scan and copy them.

As I sit with the completion of that very important project I look forward to my next project. Not quite sure what I will do next. I am either going to look everyone up in the IGI - using Legacy's IGI search function - or I'm going to do some data entry. I have a lot of work on my Jenkins line to enter still. My primary goal is to get at least some estimated dates on everyone in my database. This will make my database finally ready for Family Tree. I sure don't want someone in the 1500's showing up as living because I don't have any dates on them.

I will be using standard genealogical approximations for my dates.

From a marriage date, you can estimate birth dates. You can estimate that a man was married at age twenty-five and a woman at age twenty-one. You can also estimate that a first child was born one year after the parents' marriage and that subsequent children were born every two years after that.

For example, if a couple were married in 1825, you could estimate that the husband was born "abt 1800", the wife was born "abt 1804", their first child was born "abt 1826", their second child was born "abt 1828", and so on.

One other thing I am considering is the program GEDCOM Estimator. Dick Eastman has a nice write up on it at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/10/gedcom_estimato.html. I guess I would use that as a last resort. I want to get "other" estimates out there that might of already been made for people before I start estimating. Just hate to see a lot of different figures floating out there. Well there is a lot to think over. Maybe a good nights sleep will give me a clear vision on what to do next. If you have any suggestion let me know.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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