Three New Pages

Thanks for the kind comments people have left me both on the blog and elsewhere.  It’s nice to get some feedback!  Last night I started to set up the actual website.  You can connect to the pages using the links on the right side of the blog.

The first page is About the Author, with some information about me.

The second page is part of my family tree, starting with my earliest known Dańko ancestor, Józef Dańko down through my grandfather and his siblings.  I ran into a few difficulties here, the biggest of which was that when I copied the Register report from Family Tree Maker (FTM) to my webpage, all the formatting was lost.  I have now reformatted the report and will link the events in the report to the actual images as I post those images to this site.

The third page is the start of my Vital Records page.  For now, I just have links to some sources of vital records in the United States, but will add more as time goes by.

When I first started entering information into FTM back in 1999, I noticed that FTM offered three basic report types:  the Register Report, the NGS Report, and the Ahnentafel Report.  All three are useful from different perspectives, and I chose the Register Report for my webpage on the Descendants of Józef Dańko, although I may decide to add an Ahnentafel Report later.

The Register Report and the NGS Quarterly Report are descendant-ordered, that is, they start with a single individual and show all the descendants of that person.  The reason for the names of these reports is that these are the report formats preferred by The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Register Report) and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGS Quarterly Report), two very well-respected genealogy journals.  The third type of report is the Ahnentafel Report (Ahnentafel is from the German for Forefathers Table) and is ancestor-ordered, meaning that the Ahnentafel lists all the ancestors of a single person and the resulting report is essentially a pedigree chart.  The Ahnentafel uses a strict numbering system, where the subject of the Ahnentafel is #1, a father’s number is always twice his child’s number, and a mother’s number is always twice her child’s number plus one.  Thus, except for the person listed as #1 (who can be either male or female), all the even numbered individuals will be male, and all the odd numbered individuals will be female.

Well, I’ve rambled on enough for today.  I have to pack tonight and get ready to fly to Salt Lake City tomorrow evening.  I plan to post on this blog each day during the conference directly from the Family History Library, so keep checking back.  Be sure to leave your comments, too!

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