SNGF: Creating Timelines

Randy’s Saturday Night Challenge for this week is to create a timeline.  I love playing with timelines!  This is going to be fun.

I chose my great great grandmother, Ana Jacinta de Mello, for this challenge.  I’m using RootsMagic 5 to create my timeline.

This is her timeline using the timeline feature (click on image for larger view):

Timeline for Ana Jacinta de Mello Pa

What I noticed right off the bat is that this timeline leaves out an important piece of Ana’s life.  It leaves off giving birth and children that died young.  I don’t think a mother’s timeline can be complete without this data.

I created an Individual List report on Ana to catch the details of her life that the Timeline report missed. (Click on image for larger version)

Individual List for Ana Jacinta de Mello

This is far more reflective of the events in Anna’s life than the timeline.  I only wish it had generated the report in date order, then the children’s births would be in the proper place.  (Note:  I have no idea why an empty child field came up at the end.  It’s not in my database.)

I edited a text version of the Individual List so it would reflect the proper order of events:

MELLO, Anna Jacinta de-2 (F)
Birth    30 Jan 1835 in Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl.
Parents    Jose Francisco de MELLO-200 and Rosa PIMENTEL-2013
Baptism    8 Feb 1835 in N.S. da Annunciacao, Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island (age 0)
godparents    Jose Furtado and Anna de Pimentel (her aunt and uncle)
Spouse    Jacintho PACHECO-1
Marriage ca 1860, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Child    Antonio PACHECO-52 (1850-1932)
Residence    1865 in Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl. (about age 30)
Child    Manoel “Manuel Algravia” PACHECO Sr.-114 (1863-1945)
Child    Jose PACHECO Sr.-54 (1865-1916)
Child    Maria PACHECO-1859 (1868-    )
Child    Joao PACHECO Sr.-115 (1869-1906)
Child    Francisco “Frank Algravia” PACHECO Sr.-53 (1870-1937)
Residence    1870 in Rua Diveste (?), Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Isl. (about age 35)

Child    Maria “Auntie Cosma” PACHECO-44 (1874-1951)
Child    Theodoro PACHECO Sr.-5 (1876-1914)
Emigrated on    SS Hansa; 14 Jul 1882 in Feteiras, Sao Miguel Isl., Azores (age 47)
Immigration    Sep 1882 in Honolulu, Honolulu Co., HI (about age 47)
Spouse    ??? SIMON-147
Marriage    HI
Death    4 Dec 1902 in Kilauea?, Kauai Co., HI (age 67)
Burial    aft 4 Dec 1902 in Kilauea Catholic Cem. (St. Sylvester’s), Kilauea, Kauai Co., HI (after age 67)

I think that’s better!



Thirty-one Individual Summaries About Thirty-one Women Relatives

I’ve decided to give myself a challenge for Women’s History Month.  I’m going to post thirty-one individual summaries from my RootsMagic about thirty-one women relatives.  I’ll be adding the links to those summaries to this post.  Refer back to often!

Do you use the Individual Summary report that comes with your genealogy software?   They can be a helpful tool when assessing what you know about a certain relative.  I print these out when I want to work on a specific person, see what gaps I might have in their story, and determine which sources to search for next.

The Individual Summary report shows your information in a slightly different way than a family group sheet or timeline.  Each has it’s place in genealogy.  Sometimes when we look at different reports, we can build a better picture about our relatives.

If you haven’t tried the Individual Summary report that your software supplies, give it a try.  You might find you like the format for analyzing data.

These are the 31 women I am highlighting from my database.   I didn’t really use any methodology for those I’ve chosen, though I did pick some who may have been forgotten.

Day 1:  Viola (Jackson) Winter

Day 2:  Catherine (McSwegan) Baddley

Day 3:  Amelia (Pacheco) Kanehe

Day 4:  Placida (Argues) LaClaustra

Day 5:  Minnie (Ventura) Smith

Day 6:  Marie (Condrey) Jacquemet

Day 7:  Margaret (Caetano) Mello

Day 8:  Bridget (Coyne) Wall

Day 9:  Dorothea (Furtado) Pacheco

Day 10:  Josephine (Jones) Pohley

Day 11:  Genevieve (Lassere) Segalas

Day 12: Isabella (Pacheco) Ventura

Day 13:  Winifred (Kelly) Small

Day 14:  Emma (Cabral) Barboza

Day 15:  Sophie (Pacheco) Figg

Day 16:  Catharine (Kelly) McSwegan

Day 17:  Maria Candida de Jesus Ferreira Grota

Day 18: Guilhermina (Clemente) Ventura

Day 19:  Francisca (Mello) Pacheco

Day 20: Mary (Kelly) Meincke

Day 21: Marthe Magdeleine (Labourdette) Segalas

Day 22:  Branca Gil de Miranda

Day 23:  Margaret (Coffin) Jones

Day 24:  Joaquina Roza (Raposo) Jacinto da Camara

Day 25:  Barbara (da Silva) de Mello

Day 26:  Carolina (Freitas) Pacheco

Day 27:  Alice Jones

Day 28:  Alexandrinha (Jose) Pacheco

Day 29:  Maria (Silva Baptista) Correia

Day 30:  Maria (Sousa Sampaio) Barbosa da Silva

Day 31:  Mary Collis

This completes the collection of women from my family tree.  Looking at these individual summaries, I learned that I know a lot about some women and very little about the majority.  In some cases, I hope to be able to fill in more of their stories.  But, I am somewhat skeptical that I can do it for most.

I hope you enjoyed the last 31 posts.  I hope it has inspired you to use your genealogy software and find out which reports may be helpful to you.






Mary Collis Individual Summary

I saved one of the most mysterious people in my tree for last.  I would not have known about Mary Collis except for Patrick Dolan’s disputed Probate case.

Mary’s claim to fame is that she was the only descendant of one of Patrick’s siblings who did not get any money from the estate.  Why, you ask?  Mary was found to be the illegitimate child of Patrick’s sister, Bridget Dolan.

I have yet to find any records of Mary’s existence except for the probate records.  I haven’t found her with her mother or without her.  I don’t know her father’s name.  I do not know who she married or when she died.

My lack of ability to root out any part of Mary’s story makes me wonder if the probate file has the wrong surname.  Could her married name really be Collins?  Some day I want to find Mary’s story and bring her back into the tree.

This is all I know.

Name:    Mary DOLAN?-8519
Sex:    Female
Father:        ??? ???
Mother:    Bridget DOLAN-8516 (1820-1905)

Individual Facts
Birth    abt 1850
Living    1907, MA (about age 57)

1. ??? COLLIS-8525 (1850-    )