Where do I Start?

April 24, 2013

Continuing my research for this “ancient” family line, where should I start to look?

The first record that I found was a marriage record in an Anglican Parish in Manchester, Lancashire, England. The Record group covered 1573-1812. Perhaps there are other records that I might find there, since the collection was for Baptism, Marriage, and Burial’s from that parish.

Back to GenDective­™. In GenDective Reporter, there is a listing for “Which reports help with my research efforts?” That sounds like what I am looking for.

 

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Clicking on the “+” sign, I see a report that might be helpful. Families who lived in state.

I selected ALL “Degree of family kinship”, Country is England, and State, territory or region, I selected Lancashire and clicked on Generate Report.

 

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This generated a report of 30 people who had an event in Lancashire. Looking at the report, which included Dates, I might find any one or all of them in that area of England.

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So far, with that first “hint” there have been not helpful hints. Because I have so few dates, the hints are not “my person”. So back to Ancestry.com AND FamilySearch.org, as they have Church Records from that area in that time frame. But, at least I can focus on this group of people (30).


Where should I start looking ?

April 21, 2013

Last week, I posted about a Marriage Record from 1663 that I found.

Marriage Record for George Worthington and Elizabeth Sandiford 11 Jun 1663

The file that I am working on, is a collection of Pedigree Charts from a surname project. What I am trying to do, is work from these “undocumented” pedigrees and begin to document them. The Pedigree Charts have been documented by the Compilers, Examiners, and those that are proving them, but I don’t have that information.

Now that I have my first “hit” (or hint), I now want to start researching. But, I want to focus the research by location to see what I can find. All of these records are in the UK. I don’t live in the UK, don’t know much about the areas in the UK, so this is new territory for me.

I have used a program called GenDective® by Rumblesoft.

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I have used this program for some analysis, so I created a GEDCOM file, from my genealogy database management software program, imported it into the GenDetective® Analyzer so that the GenDetective Reporter program can be run.

I am trying to determine WHERE I should start looking, or what location will give me the greater number of results, as the records I should find will be church records. Once I know the location, then I can return to my genealogy program and start the search.

Running the GenDetective Reporter, I selected What Place names need to be standardized. My genealogy software does that for me already, so I select the Event Occurrences by Location Report.

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I know it’s difficult to read, but the two boxes on the Right are two locations in England, each with 8 events there. Lathom, Lancashire, England, and Manchester Lancashire, England. So, those will be the first places that I will search. Actually, the people who had an event in those two location.

Here is what I see in my genealogy database, as a report. The names and Events that took place in Lathom, Lancashire, England

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I can also see it on the map that the program provides.

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Now I know who to look for and where. The report from GenDetective helped identify that information for me.


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