I got on a roll today and started with some more searching. I decided this time to try to print out a direct descendants tree. It came out in 6 pages, so here I am trying to tape all of that together and figure out a way to lay it out and still be able to add essential things to it as I added to the Family Tree Legends software.
It worked pretty well, but I think the navigational tree would've been easier. I just wish the navigational tree would put the dates on there. I started concentrating on the direct line to see how much of the tree I could get filled in. I got to an area with a lot of branches without a whole lot of leaves tonight! I did find as far back as a Great(x13) Grandfather....but I don't have a name on him yet. Just his birth year. So I should probably say that I found back to Great(x12) Grandparents to be more realistic.
I did go back and print a few charts through the navigational chart. I figure I can look up the dates for the ones that I see that I need right away to find the next blank unknown name. Anything to keep from burying myself in the monster taped together paper chart! I do wish they had the option of a print-to-page option on the charts....but I keep reminding myself...the software was free!
A future project is definitely figuring out a way to make a huge chart that I can add to as I go along. Who Do You Think You Are made that so easy for Ashley Judd tonight too (even though it was only a small part of her tree.)
Off and on, I'd looked at records for my father's side of the family. I kept hitting brick walls in the very early searches in looking through census records. I finally had a breakthrough last night simply by googling! I was able to go directly back as far as my Great x3 Grandparents (born in 1814 & 1819).
With this latest find, it looks like I could be distantly-related to one of my best friends from high school. Possibly. It's a common name though. I also found the surname of another friend that's not as common but it appeared to be questionable. Definitely intriged to do some more digging to find out!
I started trying to put everything that I was finding down on paper. I really didn't want to sit here and print the amount that I was finding knowing it was going to take a TON of paper and ink. But then I found that I was getting myself confused with my notes when you get into children of this one and that one.
I finally decided to split the screen and open up the Family Legends software and put them directly in there as I clicked on the next finding. I put a lot of information in there last night. Luckily, the software has a "relationship" button and I was able to find out who some of these people are to me without a lot of brain power. Goes back to that "...for Dummies" thing! Maybe they need to have a series ".....for Blondes!"
I suddenly looked up last night from what I was doing and realized that it was 3am! I still had a lot of links open though. I ended up saving all of them to a desktop sticky note and then realized that it wouldn't have saved the "back" feature when I did that. So I may have to do some redigging...but this time I will have the software open instead of trying the paper and pen route unless it's to make notes about what to look up later at the library.
I guess I learned to never underestimate the power of google! Well, google or organization! I'm finding that organization is key and trying to tame myself into not jumping around from relative-to-relative in searches unless I have to. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but I'm trying to be better about it.