My Family View: Detailed Worksheet

The Detailed Worksheet found in My Family View is a the most detailed report about an ancestor available in GenDetective!  This detailed examination looks at each person including parents, marriages, children, a detailed timeline, notes and citations for each event.  While most genealogy programs do not limit the size of notes, due to page/report restrictions, GenDetective only includes the first couple of sentences.

The fields in this report include:

  • Header Section
    1. Birth date and location
    2. Death date and location
    3. Citations – a list of citation numbers assigned to each citation associated with this person
    4. Parents – names and lifespan
    5. Spouses – including spouse birth date, marriage date and location
    6. Children – includes names and lifespan for each child
  • Timeline Section
    1. Date – date of this event, may be estimated or approximate
    2. Event – the type of event
    3. Citations – number of each citation supporting this event
    4. Event Name – descriptive text assigned about the event
    5. Location – location event was recorded at
  • Notes Section
    1. Notes for – the event the note is associated with.  When person is listed, it identifies a note attached to the person, not a specific event.
    2. Note – the first few sentences of the note associated with this event.  This note may not be the complete note, but hopefully includes enough information to jog your memory.
  • Citation Section
    1. Citation id – the number of this citation (used to locate citations associated with an event or person),
    2. Source – the short source name of this source
    3. Citation Text – the details of this citation

Detailed Worksheet

Notes and Citations Sections of Detailed Worksheet

The Detailed Worksheet is one of my favorite reports to use when I am focused on researching a specific person, especially when the basic demographics have already been located.

 

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My Family View: Research Worksheet

The Research Worksheet found in My Family View is a detailed report similar to a traditional family group worksheet with additional information.  This detailed report while lacking the timeline included in other reports, focuses on the details of his life, grouping the information by research area.  Missing information in this report is highlighted (default color is yellow) immediately drawing your attention to this research opportunity.

The fields in this report include:

  • Father and mother
  • Birth date and location
  • Death statistics
    1. Death date and place
    2. Burial date and place
    3. Probate information
    4. Obituary date and place
    5. Grave-site (located or not)
  • Religious related events
  • Identified and missing census records
  • Military service identified and missing
  • Occupation history
  • Parents
  • Siblings and their spouses
  • Spouses of this person
  • Children for this person and each spouse
  • Event summary – a chart summarizing the types of events and the number of them recorded for this ancestor
  • Location summary – a chart summarizing the number of times this ancestor has been placed at each location

Research Worksheet

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My Family View: Research Progress

The Research Progress worksheet in My Family View begins with the visualization of your research progress, based on your settings in My Personal Research Goals, and combines that visualization with a detailed timeline.  While this worksheet lacks the detailed source/citation information found in either the Source Timeline or the Detailed Worksheet, it conveys a detailed summary of the information you have recorded for this ancestor.

The header section includes:

  • Birth date and location
  • Death date and location
  • Relationship to the home person
  • Research progress in each demographic area that is configured in My Personal Research Goals and applicable to this person.
    1. Vital Statics
    2. Death Statistics
    3. Census Research
    4. Military Research
    5. Occupation
    6. Religious Research
  • Census Records: this section includes a list of each census records located (regular print) and not located, but that GenDetective projects the person may be enumerated in (bold, italic, dark blue).
  • Military Service: this section includes a list of military service records located (regular print) and not located, but that GenDetective projects the person may be enumerated in (bold, italic, dark blue).
  • Parents
  • Spouse(s) with Marriage Date
  • Timeline: this section includes a timeline for each event that includes
    • Age: age of the person at this event (may be approximate)
    • Date: date the event was recorded on
    • Event: the type of the event (birth, census, military service, death ..)
    • Sources: the number of unique source and citations supporting this event
    • Event: the description of this event (3rd column, 1st item)
    • Location: the location the event was recorded at
    • Supporting Documentation: number of multimedia files that support this event

Research Progress

I must admit, this is one of my favorite go-to reports for an ancestor.

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My Family Tree: Document Inventory

The Document Inventory report in My Family View provides you with the unique list of all multimedia files associated with this person.  This report is very useful in several situations which include:

  1. You are conducting an inventory of the resources you have in a file folder for this ancestor.  Use the empty check column to indicate you have the document.
  2. You are scanning documents into your computer and you are verifying that you have associated each document with this ancestor.

This report only has 3 columns:

  • Column 1: empty check box, convenient if you are conducting an inventory the documentation for a person in your file folder
  • Column 2: the title of the multimedia file
  • Column 3: the path and name of the file on your computer

Document Inventory

When I am stumped, facing a brick wall, or when I am creating an application for a lineage society, I like to print all of the documentation associated with the relative.  I use this report as an inventory of the documents I have, and to identify the online documents I have located that should be printed!

 

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My Family View: Source Timeline

The Source timeline report in My Family View is an enhanced timeline that includes the details of the sources and citations that were used to support each event.  This report provides a detailed view of each event INCLUDING the citations that support each event.  This does mean, that events without a citation will also be evident.  As you study each event, evaluate whether you have used the best source possible, and if there are other sources you might want to consider locating.

This report contains an expanded header that includes your research progress and basic demographics for this person.  The columns in the Source Timeline are:

  • Age: the persons age (may be estimated) at the time this event occurred
  • Date / Event / Note?: in a vertical column under this header is the following information
    1. Date: the date of an event
    2. Event: the type of event will be listed below the date
    3. Note: if there is a note for this event it will be indicated by *** event note *** and will be listed under the event type
  • Event / Location / Supporting Documentation: in a vertical column under this header is the following information

    1. Event: the text description you entered for this event
    2. Location: the place where the event occurred
    3. Supporting Documentation:
      • X multimedia files: the number of multimedia documents associated with this event
      • Source & Citation: a list of each source and citation used to support this event

Source Timeline

I must admit that this is one of my favorite reports as it allows me to “see” everything in a snapshot and to quickly evaluate whether I have used the best sources possible in support of each event!

 

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My Family View: Timeline

The Timeline report in My Family View is a traditional timeline, that automatically includes: the birth of a child, death of a minor child, death of spouse.  This provides you with a more robust timeline as of the person.

The columns in the Timeline report are:

  • Age: the persons age (may be estimated) at the time this event occurred
  • Date: the date of an event
  • Cits: the number of unique citations that support this event
  • Media: the number of unique multimedia files associated with this event
  • Notes: the number of notes associated with this event
  • Event: the type of event
  • Location: the place this event occurred at

Timeline

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What Is My Family View?

My Family View is a view in GenDetective, which combines traditional genealogy reports with the graphical representation of your family created by My Personal Research Goals.  Remember, the goal of GenDetective is to shuffle your data and present it in different formats to trigger thoughts on ways to break through your brick walls.

My Family View

My Family View can be accessed in multiple ways:

  1. The View Menu
  2. The Current View toolbar button
  3. The Family button on the toolbar
  4. By clicking on the details of a person in any other view in GenDetective (My Research Progress, My Maps, My Tree)

My Family View provides a way for you to select the report format that you most prefer to work with.  GenDetective has taken “standard” genealogy reports and customized them to fit the way that GenDetective views each person.  To change the report that is generated whenever you click on a person, click on the Report: link (in picture labeled Report: Research Progress).

My Family View Pick Report

This list appears when you click on the Report: link.  My Family View will generate any one of these seven reports for you to use.  A sample of each of these reports is displayed below.  Be sure that you view one of your people in each of the different reports to help you determine which reports you prefer to work with.  A detailed post discussing each of these sample reports will be coming soon.

 

 

This post will be updated with the link to each report post when it is available.

Report Name Sample Report
Ahnentafel (post coming soon)

Ahnentafel

Detailed Worksheet

Detailed Worksheet

Document Inventory

Document Inventory

Research Progress

Research Progress

Research Worksheet

Research Worksheet

Source Timeline

Source Timeline

Timeline

Timeline

My Family View also incorporates an additional filtering option which we will discuss in another post.  Experiment with these key individual reports to pick your preferred report or three.

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