"In looking at your sample census citation for the 1850 Census, I see a nice summary of extracted information for the Lawton Wade household. Do you store this extract in your RootsMagic database? If so, where? I'm looking for a nice, compact way to summarize the census information for a family in my RM database."
My answer was:
"Good question. I was an aerospace engineer, and always thought in bullet points. So it seemed natural to create a text summary of a family in a specific census record, with a summary of where the household was, and a bullet point for each family member, with all of the information for a person in a list separated by commas.
The blog post that Jay saw with a family bullet list was 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 75: #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857) (posted 5 June 2015) which had, among others, this list in the Notes:
"In the 1850 United States Census, Simon Wade was in the Lawton Wade household in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut. The household included:
* Lawton Wade - age 34, male, a machinist, $100 in real property, born foster, R.I.
* Aleph Wade - age 37, female, born Killingly, Ct
* Lewis Wade - age 16, male, born Killingly, Ct.
* Lucy A. Wade - age 14, female, born Gloucester R.I.
* Julia A. Wade - age 13, female, born Killingly, Ct.
* Henry L. Wade - age 8, male, born Bendville R.I., attended school
* Mary A. Wade - age 4, female, born Killingly, Ct., attended school.
* Simon Wade - age 82, male, a laborer, born Foster, R.I."
In RootsMagic, I enter this extracted information into the Fact Notes for an event, in this case the 1850 United States Census. Here is a screen capture from my "Edit Person" screen for Simon Wade in RootsMagic 7:
After highlighting the Census Fact for 1850 on the Fact list, I clicked on the "Note" button on the right-hand side of the screen and saw what I had typed into the Fact Note:
I also copy this Fact, Fact Note and source citation into the "Edit Person" screen for all of the persons in the census record.
One reason I do this is that I can transfer these Facts and Fact Notes and source citations efficiently to the Person Profile, including Notes and Sources, in the FamilySearch Family Tree as evidence to support my conclusions for persons.
Does your genealogy computer program support Fact Notes? It should.
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