My Research Progress: Occupational Research

The next research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Occupational Research. If you click on the Occupation Research link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear.  In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

In My Personal Research Goals occupation research is simple and straight forward: does a person have an occupation (job) or not?  Occupation is tracked separately by gender (male & female) and you can configure different target years for men and women.  Looking at the chart below, it may seem odd that more occupations have been located for more women than men.  However, I have configured tracking of occupations for women beginning in 1920, when many societal changes were occurring, but for men the target date is from 1750 forward, because it is much more likely the occupation of a male will be mentioned in historical documents.

Occupation Research

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 3 colored bars:

  1. Located research: people whose occupation has been located
  2. Missing research: people whose occupation has not been identified

Below the bar chart, look to the left of the text that says “414 Direct Relatives”. Do you see the hyperlink “Print this list”? Clicking on this link results in a report that looks similar to the report above. The report generated will reflect the context of the bar that you clicked on (missing death date, has an obituary, etc).

In GenDetective the following demographics are included in occupation research:

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Men’s Occupational Research: men who have an occupation identified or men whose occupation has not been identified

Men without an identified occupation

Occupation Research

Women’s Occupational Research: women who have an occupation identified or women whose occupation has not been identified

Women with an identified occupation

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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My Research Progress: Immigration Information

The next research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Immigration Statistics. If you click on the Immigration Statistics link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear. Immigration information is highly customizable in GenDetective by using My Personal Research Goals.  Due to this flexibility you may not see as many of the research areas listed in your bar chart as discussed here, or if you do not research immigration, the link for immigration statistics may be disabled.  In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

Immigration Statistics

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 3 colored bars:

  1. Located research: people with an identified date or location
  2. Partial research: people with approximate date (about 1783, circa 1850, between 1850-1850) or a generic location (Germany, England, California).
  3. Missing research: people without the date (dates in report are guesstimated by GenDetective) or people without any location for the event (born 15 Jan 1783, no country identified, information left blank)

Clicking on any single bar or link below the chart will display the names of the people who meet the selected criteria. For example: people with a full immigration date, or people with an approximate immigration date or people with an estimated immigration date. To get a list of people who have estimated immigration dates (maybe they disappeared between census years), click on the colored bar or link for people with partial immigration dates! Once you click on a colored bar, below the graph a list of the people who meet the criteria will appear. It is really is that easy, your research opportunities with a click of the mouse!

Below the bar chart, look to the left of the text that says “414 Direct Relatives”. Do you see the hyperlink “Print this list”? Anytime that you want a list of the people listed in the lower section of the screen, click this link and press print!

In GenDetective the following demographics are included in immigration statistics:

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Immigration Date: people with immigration date or an approximate immigration date, or missing immigration date

People with an immigration date

Immigration Location: people with a specific immigration location, a generic immigration location or a missing immigration location

People missing an immigration location

Emigration Date: people with a specific emigration date, a generic emigration date or a missing emigration date

People missing an emigration date

Emigration Location: people with a specific emigration location, a generic emigration location or a missing emigration location

People with a generic emigration location

Naturalization Date: people with a specific naturalization date, a generic naturalization date or a missing naturalization date

People with a naturalization date

Naturalization Location: people with a specific naturalization location, a generic naturalization location or a missing naturalization location

People with a generic naturalization location

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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My Research Progress: Military Research

The next research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Military Research. If you click on the Military Research link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear. In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

Looking at the screen shot below, you will note a difference from other research progress areas.  Instead of being static, the “labels” are labelled by a specific war (or draft) and the conflicts listed is constructed from the list of wars where your family lived, during the years they lived there and the males in your family were of an appropriate age to have served.

Military Research

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 3 colored bars:

  1. Served: men who served in this war
  2. May Have Served: men who may have served in this war
  3. Did Not Serve: men who did not serve in this war

How do you identify men that you have researched and determined did not serve in a specific war?  GenDetective includes a location Did Not Serve which has special meaning as a location.  When associated with military service it identifies men who did not serve.  For example:  Mark Smith has an event Military Service 1861-1865 at the location “Did Not Serve”.  GenDetective interprets this negative research to mean that you have researched possible military service for Mark, but in fact can find no record that he served.  This special location provides a way to differentiate between men who did not serve and men whose service you haven’t had a chance to research!

Clicking on any single bar or link below the chart will display the names of the people who meet the selected criteria.  Once you click on a colored bar, below the graph a list of the people who meet the criteria will appear. It is really is that easy, your research opportunities with a click of the mouse!

Below the bar chart, look to the left of the text that says “414 Direct Relatives”. Do you see the hyperlink “Print this list”? Anytime that you want a list of the people listed in the lower section of the screen, click this link and press print!

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Conflict Name: men who served, may have served, and men who did not serve.

Men who may have served in the War of 1812

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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My Research Progress: Census Research

The next research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Census Research. If you click on the Census Research link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear. In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

Looking at the screen shot below, you will note a difference from other research progress areas. Instead of being static, the “labels” are labelled by a specific census, either state or national and the list of censuses constructed from a combination of the defined censuses, their years, the list of places your family lived and the years they lived there.  To select a specific census, click on one of the bars; it does not matter whether it is the found/missing census records.  Either colored bar for each census will take you to the next bar chart of census research.

Census Research

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 2 colored bars:

  1. Located Research: people whose census record for this census, this year has been located
  2. Missing Research: people whose census record for this census, this year as not been located

Clicking on any single bar or link below the chart will display the names of the people who meet the selected criteria. Once you click on a colored bar, below the graph a list of the people who meet the criteria will appear. It is really is that easy, your research opportunities with a click of the mouse!

Below the bar chart, look to the left of the text that says “414 Direct Relatives”. Do you see the hyperlink “Print this list”? Anytime that you want a list of the people listed in the lower section of the screen, click this link and press print!

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Year XXXX (ex. Year 1850): for each year in the census, people who have been located in this year of the census or people who have not been located in this year of the census

People not located in the 1860 US Federal Census

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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My Research Progress: Death Statistics

The next research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Death Statistics.  If you click on the Death Statistics link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear.  In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

Death Statistics

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 3 colored bars:

  1. Located research: people with an identified date or location
  2. Partial research: people with approximate date (about 1783, circa 1850, between 1850-1850) or a generic location (Germany, England, California).  Several death statistics do not have a partial research option and when the case, not applicable will be displayed as the hyperlink text, and the hyperlink will not work.
  3. Missing research: people without the date (dates in report are guesstimated by GenDetective) or people without any location for the event (born 15 Jan 1783, no country identified, information left blank)

Clicking on any single bar or link below the chart will display the names of the people who meet the selected criteria.  For example: people with a full death date, or people with an approximate death date or people with an estimated death date.

Print this list report

To get a list of people who have estimated death dates (maybe they disappeared between census years), click on the colored bar or link for people with partial death dates!  Once you click on a colored bar, below the graph a list of the people
who meet the criteria will appear.  It is really is that easy, your research opportunities with a click of the mouse!

Below the bar chart, look to the left of the text that says “414 Direct Relatives”.  Do you see the hyperlink “Print this list”?  Clicking on this link results in a report that looks similar to the report on the left.  The report generated will reflect the context of the bar that you clicked on (missing death date, has an obituary, etc).

In GenDetective the following demographics are included in death statistics:

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Death Date: people with death date or an approximate death date, or missing death date

People with an approximate death date

Death Location: people with a specific death location, a generic death location or a missing death location

People with a generic death location

Burial Date: people with a specific burial date, a generic burial date or a missing burial date

People with an unknown burial date

Burial Location: people with a specific burial location, a generic burial location or a missing burial location

People with an unknown burial location

Will/Probate (Estate): people with a located or  not found estate

People with located estate records

Obituaries Found: people with a located or missing obituary

People whose obituary has not been located

Cemetery Marker Found: people with a located or missing cemetery marker

People whose cemetery marker (grave) has not been located

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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My Research Progress: Vital Statistics

The first research area we will explore in the My Research Progress view is Vital Statistics.  If you click on the Vital Statistics link, the center area of the screen in My Research Progress view will appear.  In the top 2/3 of the screen you will see a bar chart and below the chart a series of links that echo or repeat the information that is graphically displayed in the bar chart.

Initial Vital Statistics

Each bar in the chart displays a series of statistic labels and up to 3 colored bars:

  1. Located research: people with an identified date or location
  2. Partial research: people with approximate date (about 1783, circa 1850, between 1850-1850) or a generic location (Germany, England, California)
  3. Missing research: people without the date (dates in report are guesstimated by GenDetective) or people without any location for the event (born 15 Jan 1783, no country identified, information left blank)

Clicking on any single bar or link below the chart will display the names of the people who meet the selected criteria.  For example, people with a full birth date, or people with an approximate birth date or people with an estimated birth date.  To get a list of people who have estimated birth dates (maybe from a census record), click on the colored bar or link for people with partial birth dates!  Once you click on a colored bar, below the graph a list of the people who meet the criteria will appear.  It is really is that easy, your research opportunities with a click of the mouse!

In GenDetective the following demographics are included in vital statistics:

Demographic or Statistic Sample Chart
Birth Date: people with birth date or an approximate birth date, or missing birth date.

People With An Approximate Birth Date

Birth Location: people with a specific birth location, a generic birth location or a missing birth location

People With Unknown Birth Location

Two Parents?: people with both parents identified, one parent identified or no parents identified

People With Only One Parent Identified

Last Name: people who have an identified last name or people where their last  (frequently maiden) name is unknown

People Without An Unknown Last Name

First Name: people with a known or unknown first name (Mrs. John Smith), can I have a first name please 🙂

People With An Unknown First Name

You can see the power of this graphic depiction of your research and how quickly you can identify research opportunities.

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What Is The My Research Progress View

My Research Progress is the first view seen in GenDetective.  My Research Progress works hand in hand with My Personal Research Goals, to present a visualization of your genealogy research.  The goal of visualizing My Research Progress is to quickly and visually identify research opportunities, simply by clicking on a link or a bar in a chart!

Using My Personal Research Goals to identify the various demographic records or information, in an ideal world, you would locate for each ancestor.  While these demographics are limited to specific areas of research, and do not include the variety of records required for a reasonably exhaustive search, they are the basic building blocks  are used when researching the life of an ancestor.

The initial screen in My Research Progress is shown below:

  • On the left is the list of relatives and their relationships to the Home person for your tree.  Listed with each relationship is the number of identified ancestors (59 Fourth Great Grandparents) and an image associated with your research progress for this relationship.  This graphic, showing your progress in walking the path of your ancestors, gives you immediate visual feedback where research opportunities exist (grey footprints).
  • The middle of the screen is filled with a summary of the demographic research areas covered by My Personal Research Goals.  Each area is accompanied by a picture showing your research progress in each demographic area. Looking at the chart above, note that the selected relationship is Direct Relatives and that the research progress shown at the top of the middle section shows your overall research progress and a picture of footprints!  Below this line, each of the demographic areas shows your research progress.  Looking at my research I’m sure you can see research opportunities (without the details yet), I certainly can!  At a glance you can see census research, immigration and military service have missing information, or as I prefer to call it,  research opportunities.  What does your family look like?  To get additional information about the research opportunities, click on any of the links.
  • On the far right side of the screen is a list of the relatives with the selected relationship to the home person.

The next several posts will examine each of the demographic areas encompassed by My Research Progress and how to use each chart to identify your research opportunities!  This post will be updated with the link to each post as it is published.

Research Area Initial Chart
Vital Statistics

People With Unknown Birth Location

Death Statistics

People with located estate records

Census Research

Census Research

Immigration Research

People with an immigration date

Military Service

Military Research

Occupation Research

Women with an identified occupation

Religious Research
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