So I finally have the pages for Millard Melvin Spence and descendants completed. In the middle of working on this task, I upgraded to Family Tree Maker 2017 and after over 10 hours on support chat, I learned that my tree that I created in 2008 is corrupt and I cannot download it or link to it with my existing tree I have on my computer. So I have basically had to start over. At least I do have my original tree to guide me, but it is a very overwhelming feeling. The only people who are completely finished are Millard Melvin and his descendants! 😯 Only 8400+ more to go! So, anyone looking closely at my sources will see that there may be some small differences in the way sources are documented. I do like the new way sources are showing in FTM. There is one major drawback that I want to point out to anyone who may use FTM 2017 in the future. The new functionality of being able to search and link data with Family Search, although exciting as a new option, beware! All sources that come from Family Search will link to all facts. For example, if one fact is that someone lived in Kansas in 1900 and another fact is that he lived in Missouri in 1940, the 1940 census will be a source on both the 1900 residence fact and 1940 residence fact and the 1900 census will be a source
There is one major drawback that I want to point out to anyone who may use FTM 2017 in the future. The new functionality of being able to search and link data with Family Search, although exciting as a new option, beware! All sources that come from Family Search will link to all facts. For example, if one fact is that someone lived in Kansas in 1900 and another fact is that he lived in Missouri in 1940, the 1940 census will be a source on both the 1900 residence fact and 1940 residence fact and the 1900 census will be a source on both residence facts as well. Not terrible, no, but the one person I pulled information over on pulled in about a dozen sources on more than a dozen facts and on top of the issues I was having before knowing that I had a corrupt file…. I have turned off the Family Search option as I would rather have my sources matching to correct facts, personally.
Since I’ve given a review of MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker, I feel like I should also give kudos to Ancestry.com for my recent experience with them lately. I was working with the California Voters Records for Millard and family and although I could see Millard, and could search to see Millard’s wife, no matter how I searched, I could not get the record to pull up for Millard. I submitted the issue about the OCR not being complete, because I was able to read it clearly, and the next day when I was trying to figure a way around the issue, I discovered that it was fixed! To my surprise, when I searched for Millard, not only did they fix that one record I complained about, but there were several more records that I had not yet found! I was disappointed that I never received a response, but at least the issue was fixed, so if you ever have the occasion to send an issue to Ancestry.com and never hear back, just go back and check it out, you just might be surprised! 😀
So back to Millard and family. You will see that I wrote quite a bit more than I have about others. As I mentioned previously, something really got me about this family. They mysteriously moved to California, I still don’t know why, but Millard, both grown sons with wives, and the parents of William’s wife all moved about 1944. Not too very uncommon, I suppose, My sister and her husband moved to Florida and my mom, my husband, and I all moved to Florida as well. One day someone may wonder why. If they find this blog, they will know, just because! 😛
In reviewing other family trees online, it appears that no one was able to find the trail of Millard’s son William Jefferson. William Spence born in the 1920s is not a very easy trail to follow, there are 3 or 4 that could fit the bill, but I was able to narrow it down by a few different factors, including the 1942 Pittsburg directory showing William J. and brother Floyd living in the family home with their wives, William married to Luella. When I found William J. in California in 1957, he was still living with Luella and also with his mother Maude E.
Lastly, I have discovered that there is a limitation to WordPress with the cleanliness I was trying to have with the organization on the list of pages on the sidebar to the right. There is obviously a limit to how many I can hide, and rather than having things looking wonky, I have all descendants showing at this time. I will try to get it cleaned up at some point, just like I will try to get sources more uniform at some point. I’d rather push forward with adding more information rather than keep going back. I’ve accepted that is where I just keep getting stuck, and I don’t want to get stuck anymore, I want to keep going forward! I hope you all agree! 🙂