A weekend well spent
When I use Ancestry (now only when it is free! )here is what I do:
- If I am in a hurry - save the document in legacy under a file called "todo", and call it by the name of the senior person, 1,2, etc. - then come back to them later.
If I am not in such a hurry:
- Check the 'hint' information to make sure it is my ancestor.
- Open the document in the viewer.
- 'Save As' and save it to my computer under the first or most senior person on it (eg. census information has several people). I do this under their file 'legacy pictures' in the program 'legacy'
- Put the details of the event, source and the picture of the document into Legacy under the senior person.
- THEN I save it to the person in my tree on ancestry.
- Make a note on my post-it notes on the computer so I can come back and continue to use the source document, and follow up.
So now I have to check the documentation on at least 7 people that I downloaded to Legacy, and lots of work to do. I will go through them one by one and update all the people in the documents. Mostly these were electoral rolls, so they will give me an idea of addresses for a lot of my Clark family in particular.
Unfortunately, Ancestry is the only place you can find Australian electoral rolls online, so there is no alternative. It is a pity though, that our government archives are only accessible this way. I know that this is because Ancestry partners with govt. departments and uses its technology to get them there, but I do object to their monopoly.
So my next person to really take a good look at is my Uncle Roy, its about time I tracked down the coroners report on his death..............