Sunday, May 6, 2012

Where is it?

I haven't written an article for my blog in months, and how shocked I was to find nothing on the front page! Thank goodness articles may still be reached through the dynamic keyword link in the left margin. It is time to get busy and to start writing about family history again. Hopefully by writing this post, I will return IsMeetsWas to life. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could rejuvenate ourselves so easily?

The absence of articles is not a reflection of my inactivity. Most recently, I am lost in tons of busy work, massaging the over 9000 names of places in my database on Family Tree Maker. 

I have reduced the number of place names to under 6000, but I still have more place names demanding my attention. I am concerned about the loss of the historical integrity of the names of places as I strive for consistency and update the place names to make them recognizable to online maps. Often as I make changes, I have included the old name of the place in the descriptive field. Regrettably, I have not been consistent.

For closer relatives, I sometimes have included the street address in the place name. On the one hand, I hate doing this because it clutters the field and makes it harder to maintain consistency in naming places. Nonetheless, it is so nice to have this information for locating places in Google Earth and for finding the ancestral home in the real world. As a compromise, I have sometimes included the street address in the description field. At other times, I have left the street address as part of the place name.

Where has the time gone? I am hoping that creating this post will do something to return IsMeetsWas to the here and now. Hello world. Here I am, hectically thinking and as inconsistent as ever.

© 2012, Cathy H Paris


  1. Hi Cathy,
    Welcome back. ;-)
    Will I see you in the flesh on Tuesday?

  2. Glad your back, missed you.
    Michele Smith