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This week, I have been looking at the way I will be handling Source Citations going forward.  As indicated earlier, Legacy Family Tree allows you to reference a Master Source, and then have individual detailed citations for each unique use of the Master Citation. But for some reason, when you export a Gedcom from Legacy, these detailed citations get lumped under the Master Source, but with all of the notes combined in Reunion.

So going forward using Reunion, I will be utilizing two types of sources: 1) Detailed Sources, and 2) Free-Form Sources.

Detailed Sources, are ones where there will be an unique source citation that will be limited to an individual or the members of a household. So where in the past I would have a single "1920 US Census" Master Source Citation with several Detailed citations for each household; now to be detailed there will be a separate "detailed" source citation for each "1920 US Census Household".  

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One of the first Genealogy Programs I bought in the mid-90's when I restarted my ancestry research was Legacy Family Tree, and it has served me well. But there has been a nagging problem in how it's GEDCOM exports did not play nice with my website genealogy database - TNG. Successive imports of GEDCOMs from Legacy into TNG would cause redundant media links to the Event and other images. Legacy does two things that affect TNG: 1) it defaults all Document images to be "Default", and 2) it exports all images as "Photos" even those designated Documents and Headstones.

This problem became worse in 2007 when I switched from a Windows PC to a Apple Mac - which required me to run Windows in a virtual machine on the Mac. There are fixes for the default images problem, but I have not been able to find a way to get Census, Immigration and event images, and source citations to load consistently. The generally held solution is to run macros on the GEDCOM to change the Document type from "Photo" to "Document" - frankly this is just too much work.

So in March 2013, I switched to

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Last week I received a call from the local Family History Center and asked if I was interested in working (volunteer) at the center on Wednesday afternoons. I had earlier expressed some interest, so I said okay. Last Wednesday was my first day, and they provided me an overview of responsibilities, and who my co-volunteer is on Wednesday afternoons.  Yesterday was my second day, and no problems. It was a quiet afternoon, with only one patron there who left about 3PM. It was a beautiful day, and that is probably why there were not many visitors. So while it was quiet, I did some updates on my FamilySearch tree.

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This weekend, I started pruning names in the Public Tree to include only individuals relating to my family ancestors, and their descendant families. These are the individuals that relate directly to my children. So this weekend I removed the ancestors of my sister's husband's family, retaining only his parents in the database. Six years ago I researched and added his ancestors as I created a Family History binder wedding present for my nephew. No additional research has been performed since then. 

So why remove this data, and why now? Last year I moved from a Windows based desktop genealogy program, to a Macintosh one. The Mac program had many advantages, and did not require me to run windows on my Mac. But the migration totally messed up the source citations. To make matters worse, the GEDCOM exports from the Mac program to update this website did not have the same flexibility and functionality that my previous Windows based program had.

With some regret, I decided to migrate back to the Windows based program. I will be working to correct all of the events and source citations. Since the pruned data had not changed, it can always be added again later from a pre-2013 merge version of the data. The focus this year is to resolve all Event and Citation issues in data that has been merged from various sources. The issues are significant, and only affect the login-required TNG database which is limited to family members. 

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Now that the Family History Writing Challenge for 2014 is over, I have moved this year's Stories over to their normal location under http://fhwc.kuehnfamily.org where they are still accessible to Family Members after successful Login.  

This year's challenge was less productive than last year, partially because I am in process of revamping my genealogy databases. But the biggest issue was my decisiont to write about an ancestor where my timeline and source documentation was not as well organized as it was for last year's challenge. I do plan to write some more stories, but only after I reconcile all my database issues. As new stories are posted, they will likely have a lead-in paragraph shown on the home page, but will require login to view the entire story.

If you have questions, contact me.

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This site was created to share with relatives, extended family, and friends, the results of my research into my Ancestors, and their descendants. Major surnames include: Kuehn, Rist, Mueth, Zinck, Jung, Bersett, Roettgen, and Schaeffer. Most on my U.S.A. ancestors lived in the area near St. Clair County, Illinois.

Rist Photo AlbumsMy interest in genealogy started as an early teenage, from listening to stories told by my grandmother Clara (Rist) Kuehn as she looked through old family photo albums. The photo at left is one of these albums that she handed down to me for safe keeping. She was the only grandparent I knew. This website is dedicated in her memory. 

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