In a recent post in the Busting Your Brick Wall Challenge, I talked about researching the friends, neighbours and acquaintances of our ancestors and I thought I would share the FAN fact that I created in Roots Magic to help me keep track of these people as I research my family.
From the post:
I wanted to put the George and Mary Draycott family into my Roots Magic database so that I could record what I found when I was researching them, however these people, as far as I know, are not actually related to my family and it would be easy to lose track of why I added them. To link them to my family, I created a FAN fact type that I could share between the two families.
I’m interested to hear how everyone else keeps track of their ancestor’s FAN club. Please share your comments below.
May I ask what you used for a sentence please after creating the FAN Fact? I would like to complete this but do not know how to enter a sentence. Thanks so much, Regina Bruner Markowicz
Hi Regina, sorry for the late reply but only just noticed your question. For the principal, use [person] was a friend, neighbour or acquaintance of [OtherPersons]. and for the witness use [person] was a friend, neighbour or acquaintance of [ThisPerson].
Could you explain a little more about how you set this up? Are you creating fake marriages? Family Facts? Individual facts?
My personal preference is to always create individual facts, but that is just my way. This is not a fake marriage but rather just note (using a custom fact type) that the Draycott family and the Brown family were FANs on this date. In this case, it would appear that they were both friends and neighbours.