The end count was 33!
Here are the steps I followed:
- Once I see a name on the list that is a “possible” I go to that person in my Legacy 8 database.
- I check whatever death record information I have for that person. In some cases, I had already noted that the death record was on FamilySearch under the Michigan Death Certificates 1921-1952, but with no image. When I find an index only, I copy and past the information under “notes” for that event on the Individual’s Information in Legacy.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
- Next I went to the Seeking Michigan site, which was already opened on my browser and I began entering the search criteria for that person. When I did this I made sure that I was ONLY searching the death certificates for 1921-1952 (we know they only go to 1939 right now). But, there are many databases on the Seeking Michigan site and I only wanted to search this single one. A fellow blogger, Amy Johnson Crow, wrote a post with some tips for using this new collection. Here is a link to her post: FINDING NEW DEATH CERTIFICATES ON SEEKING MICHIGAN
- Once I located the correct death certificate I wrote down the RIN number and name on a piece of paper (yes, a piece of paper), on my desk. I just wanted a real quick way to keep track of what I was finding.
- Next, I downloaded the image (I always use the “large” option when saving). My computer automatically opens any image in an editing program that I find very easy for everyday cropping, straightening and resizing etc. I use Microsoft Office 2010 Picture Manager. I wrote a post about this and will site it at the end of this article.
- I straightened, cropped and enhanced the image and saved it in the proper surname folder with my standard, consistent naming method. I will not allow any of those black borders or crooked pictures to be added to my database.
- The process of editing and properly saving your images immediately, guarantees they will be in the correct place on your computer. And, it only takes a few seconds to do. After all, we get interruptions in our daily life and may not get back to them right away.
- Now I’m ready to begin the process of adding all this wonderful information to my Legacy database.
- Start with the first name on that list I made.
- Adding the death certificate image in the “pictures” area next to death event (see my RED arrow in the screen shot above).
- Adding the source citation in SourceWriter. I already have a Master Source for Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952.
- Copying the citation to the clipboard so that I can add the source to whatever fields are necessary.
- Adding information to the Events/Facts area of the Individual’s Information. I have created my own events when I didn’t find the ones I wanted on the list. Here are my additions:
- Informant on Death Certificate
- Funeral Home or Mortuary
- Residence at time of death
- Autopsy at time of death
- Occupation at time of death
- Physician listed on death certificate
- I will also go to the Parents list for that person and add the source (using the clipboard).
- I’ll add the cause of death in the medical notes.
- And enter the date of burial and location (if listed)
Have I missed anything in my procedure? Is this how you process your records or do you have a different method?
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I'm curious why you used a Master Source that referred back to FamilySearch. Usually if there is an original website such as www.Seekingmichigan.org I would use that site in my source, especially if the other option is a paid site like Ancestry. Is this just a matter of preference or is there another reason?
Thanks for being Miss Eagle Eye. That Master Source was created when the only option we had for those Michigan Death Cerificates, 1921-1952, was family search. They had the index, but no images. And Seeking Michigan had nothing for those years. What I'll do now is go in and edit that Master Source to reflect both sites as sources for this information. Or, perhaps create a separate Master Source. I'll have to see which is proper. I'm so glad you caught that. Thanks!
And, thanks for stopping by.
I want to let you know that two of your blog posts are listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/03/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-march-20.html
Have a great weekend!
Thanks so much Jana. I hope the post is helpful to people :) :)Delete