So Many Reports, Where Do I Start?

There are over 170 reports in GenDetective which are organized by category, or type of report.  So where do you start?

Select the report category
GenDetective Report Categories

By viewing reports in a specific category, you can target the reports to the type of research you wish to perform.  The list of report categories is found at the top of the GenDetective Reporter, just below the toolbar.

The report categories include:

  • Trip Reports: These reports help you plan your research trips.  They focus on information that is missing, and very frequently can be found, when taking a genealogy research trip.  Types of data include: wills, birth, death and marriage certificates, obituaries, deeds, military service, cemetery markers and other local sources of information.
  • Census Record: Reports for families and individuals related to missing or located census records
  • People: The people reports provide ways to find additional research opportunities.  Common examples include: a complete timeline for a person, a research worksheet identifying the facts that need to be located for a person, people without a death date, people without a marriage, people who are older than born afterand who lived in (identifying people born after 1860, who are 60 years or older and lived in California, enabling quick use the California Death Index to locate death dates).
  • Family: The family reports provide information on each family, summarizing places the family lived, families that are missing events, such as marriage date, and provide detailed information on the family, generally aiding your research.
  • Event: These reports identify people in your family tree, where you have not located a specific event, such as occupation, a will, or religion, or conversely, identify the people, where you have located an event.  Some reports provide a way to “pull out” or extract information that has been recorded.  A common example of this type of report is to examine at the cause of death or illnesses that run in a certain family line.
  • Military Service: The military service reports provide a way to identify people who were age eligible to have served in a war (or register in a mandatory draft), and identify people who served in a specific war.
  • My Reports: My Reports is new in version 1.3 and provide a way for you to identify, and quickly locate, your favorite reports.  Highlight a report, right-click, and select add to add a report to this list.  When you select this category of reports, it will include your favorite reports, making them easier to return to!
  • Marker and Obituary: The cemetery marker and obituary reports detail for whom cemetery markers or obituaries have, or have not, been located.
  • Location: These reports help with standardizing your place names, detail the events that happened at locations, identify the most common locations in your family tree (helpful when planning research trips), and identify events without locations.
  • Media: The media (multimedia) reports identify events with, or without, supporting media files, files unreferenced on disk, as well as files that are referenced by your tree but are missing from disk.
  • Source:  Reports that help identify people, families and events that are missing a source, identify references to sources of dubious value, as well as compile complete references to each source.
  • Statistical: The statistical reports take a slightly different look at your family tree with reports that measure the demographics of your family, as well as progress towards locating data.
  • Located Data: These reports help you identify data you have already found.
  • Missing Data: These reports identify data that is missing from your family tree.
  • All Reports: An alphabetical listing of all of the GenDetective reports.
  • Configuration: Reports that provide a definition of census, military conflicts and countries.  These reports are of interest if you are adding census or census substitutes, military conflicts or changing country definitions and abbreviations.

Over the next several blog entries we will highlight the most popular reports in each category, enabling you to make the most of GenDetective in your research.

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