I’ve been busy lately “collecting” relatives!
Well, at least that is the way it seems.
Part of getting ready for my South Carolina Genealogy Trip is to try to create a database specifically for that task! I put everything else on hold for the last few days while I began researching my Stevenson, Freeman, Brown and Seawright roots around the Anderson County, South Carolina area.
Now I find myself questioning that decision!
Think about it! Why do I need to create another database? I have a folder on my hard drive called “Backup FTW files” that contains 75 files! When is enough enough?
Simply put, over the last 11 years I have fooled around with so many different ways of doing database for my research. At one point, I had a database for each specific line. At another point I decided to just focus on my four main lines. At another point I decided to do it another way. Now I have all these databases and I am hesitant to throw them away because I have no idea what I might be tossing.
I need to stick with my plan. I need to focus on ONE database! Not 4, not 6 and definitely not 75! So, all that information I entered into the new database needs to be put into my ONE true database. I’m going to try to export it all into a GEDCOM and see if I can transfer it today. Hopefully everything will go OK. Fortunately I added myself, my parents and my grandparents without any info and just started adding everything when I got to my great-grandparents, Emmit and Nettie (Freeman) Stevenson.
I don’t know why I feel the urge to start a new database every time I decide to start something new. Life would, and will, be so much easier if I just stick with ONE database.
The good news, and back to my original subject, is that I have found quite a bit of info on my Stevenson, Freeman and Brown lines. I’ve found folks I never knew of before and found sources to back it up! Granted, all this research is being done through Ancestry, Family Search and other sites but it’s still working out pretty good! I am doing a pretty good job of not just throwing stuff in the file just because it is listed on a site or in an on-line tree. I try to make sure there are some sources to back it up! Unfortunately, I can’t always find the sources in the trees.
Here’s a question, why is it that you find trees on Ancestry.com and they have no sources? Seriously! Unless of course you don’t have a subscription there. When I am researching these trees and find info, I simply type that name into the search engine and find that info pretty quickly. That’s what Ancestry is there for!
Oh goodness, this post is starting to turn into one of my ramblings.
I’ll wrap things up today by saying this: I am making a new commitment to stick to this idea of having only ONE database! If I need to have a GEDCOM for my “newfound” cousins someday then I can always just choose to do so by using a certain ancestor and say I want it to be just “that person’s” descendants only!
I hope everything is going well for everyone today!