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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