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Family Websites Genealogy Notes

The genealogy is maintained in Family Tree Maker 2017 (FTM) and exported to this web site which uses The Next Generation (TNG 11.0) web software for display of the detailed genealogy data.

Source-Citation and Fact Conventions


  • Data and notes on living persons require login.
  • No Social Security numbers (SSNs) are used.
  • Information on living adopted children is not shown unless requested by that child.
  • Text may be blocked by Redacted in italics except for authorized users, or Private if blocked for everyone (by a local modification to TNG gts016).

General Standards and Conventions:

  • For each person, the reasoning and reliability of the relationship and other facts is discussed in the general notes. This is incomplete at this time, but clues, problems, and logic are included in the notes and citations.
  • Everyone is documented by their birth name. Aliases and name changes are documented as additional names (especially a woman's married name if she adopts the husband's surname or is so named in supporting documentation).
  • Serious name difficulties or variations are documented as a separate name - not just spelling or typos.
  • Married names may be given for women even though the husband is not documented, when the husband has no children in the descending ancestral line.
  • For unknown surnames names, an artificial name is used such as FamilyLastFirstRelation or FamilyLastFirst where Last is the married name for a wife with unknown birth name. For example, "FamilySmallIsaacWife1" or "FamilySmallJane". Unknown is used for first names.
  • Places in the United States are given as city, county followed by "County", and State. Places outside the US, are generally given as recorded.  Details follow in parentheses (address, location name, ..).
  • For deceased persons, "Unknown" is used for birth or death if actual dates not known. Partials such as "6 Dec" for death cannot be used (TNG web software does not recognize such as a date).
  • Couples in a Census are evidence supporting marriage even if not explicitly stated.
  • TNG uses the ISO-8859-1 character set and data is exported from FTM as a GED text file in UTF-8 characters. This should provide a consistent English character set. While this also provides most Western European characters, such characters are avoided in data because search input from most keyboards does not easily allow European characters. Such characters may appear in citations.

Citation conventions:

  • Each citation contains all text with family related data. The data itself is an exact transcription or explains the problem. Pro forma wordage need not be quoted in full. Elisions in flowing text usually marked by "...".
  • A single source is a a single citation. For example, all of the Census lines for a family are one citation. If related persons are on the same Census page, all are included in one citation. This preserves the implied relationships between the persons.
  • Information is transcribed from the original document if available. Existing transcriptions of such documents are not used. Problems or notes are given in square brackets[].
  • For documents, the image and possibly a text transcription are saved in the data area of the web site, such as Census images, newspaper articles, certificates, etc. These are primarily for blood-line ancestors.
  • For computer sources, text is cut and pasted into citations to save time, but some cleanup may be done for clarity or compactness.
  • Line breaks in citations will show as line breaks in the TNG display. They are used for readability, whether they occur in the original document or not.
  • Notes on citations currently show after the citation as if just more text. However notes on citations are not used, and text in square brackets [] are used in the citation instead
  • Media links are not currently used, because  FTM and TNG do not agree on format.

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