OK, I love pondering strange questions here! Today, I want to investigate how many family tree files one should have.
So, first off, I would ask how many family trees do you have on your computer? My first guess would be 4. One for each of your grandparents. That’s the way I started off when I first started researching. That way if someone asks about just the Forbes research, I can reference that tree. Same with my other 3 lines. Some may argue that just one is enough. You can extract information about Forbes ancestors from within that tree into a separate gedcom file. So, how do you all feel? How does everyone else (and I respect the wisdom of my fellow genea-bloggers) do their family trees?
In case you are wondering, this post is a result of my cleaning up some of my genealogy research on my computer. Other than the 3000+ files I have to sort through, I still have 23 family tree files! Six of those were called the same thing! How can that be? Maybe that is where I lose a lot of my information. I really am not sure which file I am entering my info into.
For the record, as of this moment I have only one family tree file. It is called Ken’s Documented Research (2008) and it only has 254 individuals right now. That is because I am starting completely over right now. If I don’t have bona fide proof of a relationship I am not including that person. I may have a file that will list possibilities but I want my family tree file to be one that I know is right!
So, has anyone else ever had this dilemna? Share with me (and my readers) how you solved your problems!
Have a great day everyone!