I must be crazy. That’s all there is to it. Yesterday’s announcement that Family Historian 6 released a new major update got me thinking, again.
I have been thinking about a new version of the Genealogy Do-Over, but as a second Go-Over. Last year’s Go-Over involved completing the scanning and attaching of 6000+ documents and images. I started thinking about a second Go-Over at the end of 2015, but have been busy with other projects.
With all the new BSOs in the form of four new genealogy software programs, I began toying with the idea of creating a new family tree in one of them. I knew the most about RootsMagic, so I didn’t want to use that program. I wanted the time spent on creating the tree to be worthwhile in terms of learning how to use features in one of the other new programs.
Family Historian 6 caught my fancy early on, so yesterday’s announcement of the new update was just the impetus I needed to get started.
Unless I decide for whatever reason to abandon this
foolishness great new brainstorm of mine, I think realistically that it will take me at least until the end of 2016 to complete the tree.
What is involved?
- Entering 7600+ individuals by hand
- Renaming about 5000 images and documents
- Attaching those 5000 images and documents
- Using the link-to-faces feature in Family Historian on the photos with more than one person in them, which is most of them
- Citing the sources in those
frustrating and annoyinghandy and useful source citation templates
- Not going completely mad when doing the citations
I have already decided on a plan of attack. Thousands of the documents and images belong to the first three generations of my family. A huge chunk of the first weeks will be spent working on those items, especially family photos, that are of my immediate family.
I have decided to rename the images in this format:
Category.place (state, city).LastNameFirstName.Description.Date
I have copied all of the images onto a flash drive and set up a new permanent folder on my computer titled “Genealogy Media – Final” and added surname sub-folders. As I collect the images, I will rename them, copy them into the appropriate sub-folder and attach them to the software. Lastly, I will add the source citation.
For family photos in my possession, I have decided not to do citations for those I have of the immediate family. Common sense would tell any descendant that they were created in my lifetime and were in my possession. I will note the provenance of older photos that I inherited.
Can I find things the way I have the folders set up? Yes, definitely. I rarely have trouble finding an image when I need it. However, others would likely have a much more difficult time if they waded into my folders. This way, searching will be on more of an even playing field for everyone.
If I knew how to set up a one question survey for my readers, I would, but since I don’t know how and have no time to figure it out (remember, “free” time in 2016 just got filled with this Go-Over), I will just ask you to post an answer to this one question?
Am I crazy or sane?