I would like to introduce My Research Goals, a major new visual component in GenDetective v2. My Research Goals partners with your personal research goals to present you with a graphical view of your progress. GenDetective uses the foot prints to measure your path as you .. walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.
As genealogists we know that we are never truly finished researching an ancestor. Instead, personal research goals help you identify the gaps in your research towards locating the demographic information about each relative.
The main areas of the My Research Progress view include:
- The number of people found in each generation and your progress researching this generation (relationships displayed are to the home person)
- Your research progress for each demographic area for this generation, each link can be clicked
- A clickable list of demographic areas and accompanying research progress
- Reports of Interest that match the contents of the information shown in #2 & #3
- List of relatives with this relationship; clicking on the name takes you to a report about this person in the My Family view
- A way to filter list of people by your criteria: gender, location, years
To see additional information, click on one of the research areas shown in area #2. I selected Vital Statistics which results in a graphic similar to the one shown below.
There are two notable areas in the above image.
- Bar chart: this chart shows your research progress, by each demographic that makes up the research area. There are three possible colors for each bar: Purple (located research), Pink (partial research), Blue (missing research
- List of research areas, broken down by amount of research complete. Possibilities include: Located research, Partial research and Missing research.
Located and missing research are obvious, but you might be asking yourself, what is partial research? Partial research can be an approximate date, a generic location (country or state), or one parent instead of two, or none. Each of the bars in the graph, as well as the text in area #2 can be clicked. Doing so results in the following:
This list (#1) shows the list of relatives whose parents have not been identified. Clicking on a different bar, such as people with a located birth place, shows us the list of people with a known birth palce. Clicking on the pink section of the graph for birth locations will show the list of people with a generic birth location, places such as England, Germany or California. From the list of people, you can click on any person and jump to the My Family view which we discussed last week and see a detailed report on your research into this specific relative.
So, what do you think?