Reading This Book
If, while reading the following pages of this book, the reader will keep these few facts in mind, a much clearer understanding of the contents will result. The format or style used in this book is known as the Modified Register System, which has been refined by the National Genealogical Society.
When an individual is introduced in his/her separate sketch, the name appears in boldface letters with the surnames solid capital letters. The name is preceded by the identification number. In parentheses following the name is a list of direct ancestors back to the starting individual.
When the list of children is presented, the plus (+) sign indicates that more about this child will be presented in his/her separate sketch. The ID number is printed, followed by M/F indicating the sex. Next a small roman numeral in front of the name designates birth-order. Next the name is followed by the birth and death dates.
The term "Spouse" may have several different meanings: husband, wife, partner, mate, parent, or significant other. The couple involved may not be legally married.
The index is arranged alphabetically by surname. Under each surname, the given names are alphabetically arranged. The index has two columns of numbers labeled No. and Page. The number in the Page column indicates the page where this name appears. The number in the No. column is the unique identification number assigned to each individual. The Letter "S" in the No. column indicates spouse.
It is necessary to understand the use of the word "about" preceding a date when the actual date is not known. Please note that the compiler has inserted this word (usually regarding the date of birth of a spouse or a marriage date) to enable our genealogy program to search for possible family links within designated year limits, rather than having to pull up every person of a certain name (sometimes going back hundreds of years) for matching purposes. By giving a spouse with an unknown date of birth about the same birth date as the spouse with the known date, or by making the marriage date about 20 years from the birth date, it is easier to match up likely daughters and sons in families with possible husbands or wives in family groups that have not yet been linked to a family line. Please don't be upset by these dates or take them for anything more than they are - a search tool. So just remember that they are open to revision. They will be corrected as soon as new data comes in from our readers.
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