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.
From another APP cousin.
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
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.