I just watched this offering:
Ancestry.com LIVE: Keeping Track of All That Research: Using Notes in FTM and Trees
I found that Crista Cowan does a far better job at documenting her research notes then what I do. I would RECOMMEND that you watch that video.
I just have a couple of comments, not against what she offered, but the use of some of the features in Family Tree Maker that I use that is Different then what Crista uses.
There are a couple of options in Family Tree Maker that she doesn't use, that I do. That's not right nor wrong, but different.
1) Person Notes and Research Notes
2) Timeline Feature
3) ToDo / Task List
There are a number of "Notes" in FTM2012. Person Notes, Research Noes, Fact Notes, and Media Notes. What the video used, from the best that I can tell, is the Person Notes. The Person Notes are on the People Workspace, Person View, lower left.
The first NOTES ICON is the Person Notes, while the Second ICON (that is hi-lighted with the hover message "Research note").
This question is, Which one would I use? I would enter the data into this second ICON and not the Person Notes (first ICON). I use the Person Notes for Stories, not my research notes. However, Crista's notion of a quick biography makes some sense. I am not sure that I want to change, but I REALLY like what she did in this presentation.
The second item that I would use, that was not in the video is the TimeLine feature. I have blogged about that in the past, and how it helped me identify a research problem.
I would use the Timeline feature to review what was going on in a person life, then add the Family History to that Timeline. That 2nd link pointed what is showed me.
As for missing Census records, the positive results, would be in the Fact page for the Residence Fact. Below, it is obvious to me, that I need the 1910 Census.
The Task List for the person, is where I would put the ToDo items that she pointed out. In fact, it could be in both places, but I RELY on the ToDo list. Reason: I don't have to search for it, Its on the Plan Workspace, a reminder every time I open the program, and it's listed by person. I didn't even have to look, as here is the ToDo list
Lesson Learned: Actually, in watching this YouTube, I learned something new. I have talked about the use of FACT Notes, but had NOT looked at the Notes ICON on the People Workspace, Family View, Right Hand Panel, Notes ICON since I started to use the Fact Notes. The third ICON is ALL of the Notes (Person and Fact) for that person. The notes are labeled. This example is the Person notes, as can be seen above.
Scrolling down that column, are the other notes. The top of the image (below) are notes from the Find-A-Grave Fact notes, and below is the Notes for 1920 Residence Fact Notes.
Based on the Video, both ways of using Research Notes would work. The way I do them, and the way that was suggested by Crista.
I have mentioned before, Check the Output. When and how do you want to present this information.
In the Publish Workspace, Person Collection, Notes we have control over what notes we can include in a report.
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