Evidentia Update

April 3, 2017

There is a recent update to Evidentia that is awesome. After our Wacky Wednesday with the developer, he made some awesome changes. Rather than talking about it, let me show you.

I have ready determined that the two lines are Inconclusive. Meaning, I need to do more research.

To me, the Yellow Check Mark tells me that I have have some data, and that I have drafted by conclusion, really my Current Thinking on the relationships so far.

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Further down the page I see the Summary of Findings, or Current Thinking, and that there are proofs there, but need to be reviewed. More work to do. Each event has my current thinking. I chose to precede my current thinking with the date.

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Running the Proof Summary, I have completed my proof summary, but it is inclusive.

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Now I need to do some work and prove some of these. But, I have a visual indicate on where I stand and the written details.

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Evidentia 3.1–Conflicting Information (?)

March 20, 2017

I have this We’re Related APP cousin to work with.

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When I record the data from my Cell Phone and enter it into EXCEL and I see something strange or not right, I use YELLOW as a reminder that I need to look at this later. The GREEN indicates I have that person in my master database.

Entered the data into Evidentia, as is my current practice for this project. Made an entry for follow up in the “conclusion” / Current thinkings, then went to find what I might already have.

When looking at the Common Ancestor, Phebe Birdsall, her children had two different Surnames. I recorded Phebe Birdsall married a Bartlett (_____ Bartlett) and she married a Havens (_____ Havens). That is another reminder that I have some work to do.

I wondered if my own master database had any hints. When I looked at my master database to see how far I went back on this cousin connection and recognized that, in fact, I had a Source with a Havens and a Bartlett.

Reviewing my Citation I found:

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Alfred C Willits, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com accessed, 30 Sep 2013), online book; mentioned as James Willits’s wife, page 8. leaving his wife Phebe Birdsall.

Phebe (Havens nee Birdsall) Bartlett agrees with my current thinking. The Birth Year of John Havens was about 1728, and Nathan Bartlett about 1738 would confirm for me, at this point in time, the marriage order.

Need to put that citation into the proper format, but that is what I had in my database.


We’re Related–Is the information items the Same ?

March 20, 2017

A couple of days ago, I was asked why not just bring in my We’re Related data from my genealogy software program, using a GEDCOM, into Evidentia.

My reply was that I wanted to look at the original data (again), to see if I was in too much of a hurry, just to select that same Facts for the person that I did when that person appeared again.

I can only share my experience here, but I have two examples of why I want to look at the original data from the APP.

I transcribe my data from my phone to an EXCEL worksheet and then to my database. I may find some issues going from the Phone to EXCEL, then from EXCEL to my database. But I mark up the spreadsheet as I go, because if may be a couple of days before I go from the Spreadsheet to the program.

Along the way, I recognized a couple of people with some differing pieces of information, but not sure that I picked up the fact that the information was, in fact, different going from EXCEL to my database. Since I already had the person in my database, I had NOT picked up the fact that it was different.

I have two examples of my error.

The person to look at is Jane Addie Worrell (1864 – 1936). This is from one of my We’re Related APP cousins.

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From another APP cousin.

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It’s Jennie Adella Worrall this time, 1865 – 1936. The names before and after are OK, but her entry is WRONG in EXCEL. When I entered it into my database, I made the mistake of just adding a citation to the wrong date and name.

Here is another example:

William F Allen, 1834 – 1857

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and

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William F Allen 1830 – 1860.

It wasn’t until I did my data entry AND Evaluation of the data, did I discover the error, my error in data entry into my database.

Two lessons here:

1) Look at the original data when working with a program like Evidentia which is Document focused

2) The We’re Related APP may give you data from different people with the similar names, and dates. Don’t assume that the APP will give you the SAME information for that same relationship.

Now to go back and fix my database.


Evidentia 3.1 – What about my DNA Cousins

March 19, 2017

So far, I have been talking about Information from the We’re Related APP for building a Possibilities Tree. Why not toss in some DNA Results.

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I know my side already has some We’re Related entries, maybe this will help Prove some of the APP information.

Created a New Most Recent Common Ancestor Possibilities Tree. In this case, the DNA shows the common ancestors, I will use the male side, as he is already in my APP data.

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I didn’t have to add my side, as they were already in my database, so just added the two new people.

The Cousin Tracker status completed very quickly, as I added the Source for the DNA Results, recorded the Claims, Evaluated all of the data, so far, and created a Proof Summary

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This DNA Cousin isn’t on Facebook, so he won’t show up in the APP. The good news is that the DNA screen from Ancestry and the Relationship information from Evidentia are the same. 1st Cousins, once removed.


Review of Cousin Tracker Log

March 19, 2017

One of the things that I have been trying to do at least once a day, is to see how the Cousin Log is doing. I noticed that I had an entry that has “Not started”

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I thought that I had done that relationship. So I pulled up my EXCEL file and recognized that I have two (2) Nathaniel Allens here.

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I had done a Nathaniel and Jonathan Allen relationship, but missed one. When I reviewed the Claims from this source, I had missed that father / son Claim. Here is where including the birth and death year in the display comes in handy.

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It was very easy to pick the right Nathaniel Allen when Cataloging the Information.

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Reran the Log and it’s resolved, or showing Complete.

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Evidentia V3.1–We’Related APP Input – 2

March 18, 2017

In my last blog post on this topic

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I took the data from my EXCEL spreadsheet and entered that information into the Cousin Tracker Log.

I then created a Source for the We’re Related APP and a Citation for the APP Cousin. (again, not going into the details about how to do this)

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The APP cousin name appears in the Citation. As you may be able to see, there are also 2 other We’re Related APP Cousins in this database. The Citation must tell me which APP Cousin the information came from.

I now Catalogue the data from the Spreadsheet into Evidentia.

The Classification of the Claims or Information Items is done with the pull down menu, and the linking the Claims to the Profile or person is done as usual. The results are seen below.

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What was really handy is the Mini-Editor that I could put right over the EXCEL Spreadsheet

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Now the EXCEL information is now in Evidentia for me to evaluate.

Again, this is not a How To blog or blog post, but my initial experience with this new feature.


Evidentia V3.1–We’Related APP Input – 1

March 17, 2017

In Evidentia V3.1 Cousin Research Tracker first try I got us started in this process, now I am going to start a new Cousin Tracker person, from the We’re Related APP.

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I selected New Cousin and select the Pencil (Edit) ICON to start a New Research Log.

I have recorded the information from the APP on my smart phone and entered it into an EXCEL worksheet.

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And will enter my side and to my We’re Related Cousin’s side.

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I entered the Common Ancestor from my spreadsheet into the MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor fields.

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I entered my name the Select Self field and my APP Cousin’s name in the Select Cousin field. Since these three names are NOT in my database, I enter the name and hit the ENTER Key to add the name to this database.

In that list of names in the spreadsheet, I realized that I have some repeated names. So, I added the Birth and Death Year to the Common Ancestor. Since the APP doesn’t provide those dates in the APP, I don’t have those dates. (I don’t have that information, yet)

In the “Your Side” there is a green + sign and Add Descendant Of and a field will be there to enter names. Each name will have the birth and death year, as provided by the APP.

Here is the completed screen.

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But, I don’t want reports show this, but it will be helpful when I work a little more with this database.

Once this is Saved, and I close this task, I go to the Manage List ICON and select List Manager.

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With the list of individuals appears, I select each of my new entries and remove the Dates from the Name as shown on REPORTS field.

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The previous list of cousins, now looks like this.

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Here is an example, from my spreadsheet above, as to why I have done the name to include the dates.

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I can tell that there were two Nathanial Allen’s and will see that it is a Grandfather / Grandson that I am working with through the rest of process.

So far, I have taken the information from the We’re Related APP and have that information into Evidentia.

I probably will not do may detailed blog posts on the use of Evidentia, like creating a Source, Creating a Citation, inputting the Claims and the other steps of Evidentia. I will do several blog posts on findings along the way.


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