|Individual Detail screen overlaid with Tag Entry screen|
- The first solution adds a non-printing note tag used simply to attach all background references, etc. to the person being studied. Note that this example also has two Research tags used to track references in which no relevant information was found, as well as those in which the information required a lot of analysis before it could be handled in TMG. This is a fine solution for one person, but it still made some of the background references difficult to find when needed for another person.
|Source Definition screen - Supplemental tab|
- In the second solution, I designated Memo3 in the Source Definition's supplemental tab for keywords. Some keywords I've used include: War of 1812, privateers, Growler, Navy, pensions, spotted fever, postpartum depression, final payment, and federal land laws. This way, if I have a question about pension laws, for example, I can search for any background reference in my TMG database with the keyword pensions.
- This screen shows the "List of Sources" report associated with the Growler events entered in my TMG database. Ho, hum.
- This screen shows the bibliography created when I combined all sources associated with my Growler "person" and all sources with "privateer" in my source keyword field. Those highlighted in blue were used only as background references. They were not cited in TMG, nor were they cited in the report I wrote for the June assignment. It's a much more complete bibliography!
Remember this year's goals.
- We want to develop the habit of analyzing each record we use, and not just enter each information bit without thinking about its meaning.
- We want to make conscious decisions on what data we want to enter into TMG, how we enter that data, and how we will use that data in our research.
- We want to develop the habit of writing research reports and real family histories, not just printing out pedigree charts and family group sheets.
- We want to make TMG fit our research needs and goals. We don't want to make our research practices fit TMG.