Wow...when I started to enter my family on the database, there where only 26
entries. Now there are at least 120. This is great. It does the soul good
to see those names...and each a story!
First, kudos to all of you have taken time to make the entries.
Second, perhaps some of you will remember me as the one who asked questions
about the consistency of entries...you know, date format, name of ship..etc.
Well, here I go again. I know many of you have worked hard to find time to
even make the entries so please bear with me. To some of us, just listing
the family is enough. To others, compiling, sorting, and analyzing the
information contained therein is an honorable task within itself. For those
of us (myself included) who just want the information logged, we need to pay
heed to the format of the entries. It is a courtesy to those to whom being
able to "sort" is important. There is room for us all in this world if we
just take a little more time...just moments!
I cannot speak for Patrick Janis with whom I discussed the ability to "sort"
the data...but I saw several date entries which began with "c" for circa or
"about". From what Patrick wrote, I believe that we should always put the
most important information first. So, if we only think we only have
reasonable belief as to the year, we should enter 1881 c. instead of c. 1881.
Perhaps Patrick could provide further guidance but I think that if we all
remember to put the most important information first, all will be served best.
I do really, really appreciate the database. So familiar are those names.
In a way, it has eased my mind too. For you see, a distant relative
contacted me via e-mail about one clan of relatives. I provided her with all
information and then I heard no more...I feared the worst...coma..death...or
somthing even more horrible. And now I see that she has made numerous
entries concerning the other branches of the family. No longer do I fear for
her well being. I am pleased to see that she is okay.
But seriously, some of you probably will want to throw cabbages, kohlrabi,
and sugar beets at me for wanting to pay attention to detail; but, truly it
is important to some of us. (And; as a side point, even if you could and did
throw cabbages, kohrabi, and sugar beets at me, I would simply sort them and
stack them into neat piles, though I be bruised and battered!)
Anal Attentively Yours,
Susan Rektorik Henley