Lists 101 -- Part Two
by Dixie Haas
Establishing and identifying how you are related to others is your primary objective as a family historian or genealogist. You can create relatives lists to identify how people in your family file are related.
Tip: A printed, relatives report is the perfect visual introduction to give or send to family members when requesting information.
To create an ancestors-only, relatives list for yourself or anyone in your family file:
- Open the family file and type Command + I to access the index.
- In the Index window, type the first few letters of the surname you want to locate.
- Use the scroll bar to navigate to a specific person's name. Double-click the name to move to the family card.
- From the menu bar, select List -> Relatives.
In the Relatives window, choose the person you want to identify relatives for and click the Identify button. Identifying relatives changes the current source person to the name you have just selected.
When relatives have been identified, the List tab opens automatically. In the List section, check the Parents button and uncheck all others. Use the arrow keys to specify the number of generations. When you've made your selections, click the Report button to name the list report and choose a destination.
Notes: If you usually specify yourself as the source person in your family file, once you identify relatives for the person you've selected and prepare the list report, remember to return to your own family card and establish yourself as the source person. Leister Productions recommends identifying relatives for the current source person each time changes are made to a family file.
Place lists are particularly useful for generating reports showing where people in your family file were born, married, died, or are buried (other options may be available if you've added custom event fields to your files).
To create a place list, select List -> Places from the menu bar. This action opens the Places window where you can choose the event or events and people to be included in the list. When you've made your selections, click the List button.
With the List window open, you can then choose sorting options, mark people, navigate to records you would like to change or correct, or print a report.
Tips: Save time and eliminate errors more quickly by scheduling a regular interval (once a month, once every six months) to create and use a place list or report to fine tune data entries. You can also use a printed report to review, evaluate, and proof place entries while you're away from the computer.
Though census reports were created for a completely different purpose, they are an invaluable genealogical resource. Though you don't collect and record information in order to compile statistics on your family, comparing the average number of children or average age at first marriage for people in one family line can enhance your research efforts. To access statistics drawn from your family file data entries, choose List -> Statistics. Use the submenu to view statistics for All People or Marked People.
Citing the sources used in compiling information is vital to genealogical research. Without a complete and accurate list of sources, it is impossible for you (or future generations of researchers) to duplicate, confirm, or expand on your work.
The source list is a helpful tool for organizing, changing, or correcting the source citations linked to facts, events, notes, and records contained in your family file. If you cite sources as you enter information, you see the Source List window each time you choose to link data to an existing source. The Source List window can also be accessed by selecting List -> Sources from the menu bar.
The All tab displays a listing of all existing sources. The Found tab displays another listing of existing sources. To use the Found tab to display search results, click the Find button at the bottom of the window and use the pop-up menus in the Find Sources window to select search parameters.
In the past, gravestone inscriptions routinely included the deceased's age in years, months, and days. Age is often a central component for civil and church records such as marriage licenses. Reunion calculates detailed age information for each person listed in your family file, based on the way you enter age-related data.
The Ages window shows information for all people listed on a family card, providing separate tabs for each spouse. The number and types of events displayed in the window varies depending upon the information you've entered. Create an Ages list report by clicking the Report button to open the List Report window.
This article contains brief descriptions of Reunion's lists and their capabilities. To learn more, search the electronic manual for detailed instructions and explanations.