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Keep track of ancestors that need additional work.

You have a to do list on the front page It would be very helpful if that could link to the person page. Even if you just clicked a box on the person page so the next time you sign in you have a perfect list of where you are and who you need to work on. This would improve the To-do list 100%. Hopefully you could click on the ancestor right there and go right to their page.
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    I maintain bookmarks in a folder in my browser for this function.

    One could add an URL link to the relative in the todo list, of that is what was wanted.
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  • Hi Brian,

    I believe that the list you linked to only works as a watch list for changes to those who are being watched.

    There is nothing with regard to the list that I can do to indicate that the person needs additional work. At least, that I can see.

    I would not thought of using a list similar to that of the watch list, so thank you for suggesting it.

    I actually like the idea that I could (somehow) flag an ancestor that needs additional work and it would show up in a list similar to the watch list.

    Hopefully, someone at FamilySearch will understand what a terrific idea this is.
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    Maybe an upgrade to the watch list where there is an additional flag for those where more research etc. Many of us use the watch list to make sure incorrect changes are not being made to relatives - I use if for that purpose but if there were additional flags for those that need more research or other issues - it would make the watch list more useful. .
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    In other words, what we want and need, is the ability to be able to make, "Watch Lists" that are "Personalized", to our own individual wants and needs.

    And, the ability to add individuals / persons to those "Personalized" lists from where we are working ( ie. any page / screen ).

    Sounds like a similar request.

    Brett
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  • What type of "additional work" you are referring to?

    Is seeing a certain additional information (such as temple ordinances) about a specific list of names what interests you?

    It sounds like your idea is focused on going back to people's pages, in which case bookmark, or recent list may work.

    If your idea is more focused on getting a certain type of additional work resolved,
    Findarecord.com is good for showing you a to-do list based on types of tasks you want to focus on.

    I think having the ability to make a to-do list by selecting a tasks (such as those from findarecord.com) may motivate people to make better use of the home page to-do lists.
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  • I use a checklist to look for different types of records. These vary with the age of the person and help paint a complete picture. The checklist is a laminated sheet that I can tick with a dry-erase marker as I look through suggested sources and when I am done, I can wipe it off and reuse the sheet for another ancestor.

    A lot of times, it involves searching online newspaper sites, some of which are specific to a location, while others, largely the commercial (pay subscription), cover a wide area. Lately, the Library of Congress site has been particularly useful (and is free). I also explore directories and yearbooks for photos. These are usually not those sources that produce hints for ancestry and FamilySearch , but involve searching for certain types of records, such as military, ship's registers for immigrants, county histories for biographical sketches (not always reliable), and original sources for early colonial and pioneer records. Eventually, I should be able to produce a decent life sketch from the sources for each person.

    Many older sources are available as .pdf downloads and their age puts them in the public domain, which means I can convert selected pages to jpg and then edit down to just those sections that deal with my relative.

    The ones that take the most time are those where I fail to find online material. In some cases, I have to travel to where the people lived. Despite claims to the contrary, not everything is available through the internet.

    I can easily spend several days with just one person. I spent a month with Pieter Claesen and stopped when I realized that I needed to decide what to post into FamilySearch, especially the different ways his name was spelled during his lifetime.

    One of the big frustrations is the lack of ability to fully detail a person's adult like with their companion, whether through marriage, or just living together. Some of the narrow minded attitudes I have run into with FS personnel have been frustrating and not conducive to completely sourcing a couple relationship. I believe that persistence will eventually pay off as the site is rewritten. I also believe that by fully sourcing an individual and writing good

    A person's history, if we want it complete, is more than facts and events and related conclusions. It is about them, how they lived and what motivated their actions.

    Ron Tanner, especially as a major player in the FamilySearch organization involved in the development of FamilySearch itself, has been a contradictory person. First, in his RootsTech presentation, he talked about wanting to know what lay behind the decisions of a particular ancestor, but without seeking and recording all of his life, especially that with his future companion (spouse), much of the material gets lost in what should be research notes. Then he and other FS reps basically do not want to expand the couple relationship area to include recording key events in a couple's life, such as a 50th wedding anniversary where all the family gathered in recognition of a milestone in the couple's life.

    The narrow view that these are essentially unimportant bothers me, because a record of a person's life is more than just individual in nature, but in many instances, involves family. I use the checklist to look for those.

    One of the reasons that I use Ancestral Quest is that I can paint a fuller picture of the couple in what I find. So a lot of what I find does not get shared because of the narrow view that the FamilySearch organization has taken with regard to the couple and family relationship.

    Hopefully, someone will point out my goals to Ron, so that he wakes up to the fact that reaching these milestones as a couple needs to be recorded and often answers the "why" questions Ron asked about his own ancestor in his RootsTech presentation (available on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0itqD...).
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