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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