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Getting Started with Evidentia, tonight at 10PM ET
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Ed Thompson
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WE DID IT!  The Evidentia community has 500 members!
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Yippee!!!
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Ed Thompson
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Still lots of room in tonights Getting Started with ‪#‎Evidentia‬ class! Signup at http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2
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Hi Jane - we saw you in the hangout but I don't think you could hear us. We are starting shortly if you can rejoin.
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Ed Thompson
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Today I hired a researcher at NEHGS to help me answer the research question "who were parents of David Thompson", my 5th GGF.

I sent them a report of my research to date, which is extensive (I believe).

Want to guess what report I sent them?
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Based on the April 24, 2015 video I just watched, "Getting Started with Evidentia," I am guessing you sent in a "Subject Report." By the way, nice tutorial video! I am so glad to have found something that appears to work well on the Mac OS platform and that is easy to learn (especially with all the training videos and the google+ forum). I love the fact that the program is designed to help the user meet the high BCG Genealogical Proof Standard, and that it simplifies the process required to craft a high quality source citation. I also think the report features are outstanding; just what I needed! 

I am am intrigued by the possibility of adding Evernote as a third-party tool. Not aware of "Evidentia," I started using Evernote about a year ago for family history research--it is now my research workhorse. 

I am a newbie to the group and to Evidentia, but not to the field of genealogy and family history research. I look forward to learning from other members of this group, and hope that in due time I too, might become helpful.
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Ed Thompson
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Evidentia Class Tonight! 8PM EST
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Its a mistake - that one is recorded and was on 4/24.  Next class is 5/22, after NGS
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Ed Thompson
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Evidentia 2.3.0 has been released!  And with the new release comes a new report!  Pick a person and the the Sources for Subject report shows you all the sources that have at least one claim tagged with that person!

Update at http://evidentiasoftware.com/evidentia-upgrade/
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Yippee!  And it fixed the DropBox problem I was having on my Mac.  I'm a happy camper!
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Ed Thompson
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Evidentia Software is proud to announce that we are now a sponsor of the Genealogy Guys podcast!  Check it out at http://www.genealogyguys.com/
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Ed Thompson
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Plenty of room in tonights free online  "Getting started with Evidentia" class at 8PM EST.  http://evidentiasoftware.com/events-2
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Ed Thompson
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Had fun at the Fairfax genealogy conference this past weekend, and some of you got to meet my son, Ethan.

Had a little extra time to go to DC today before he had to head home
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Annette it was great meeting you!
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About this community

Discuss Evidentia: Genealogy software that gives a voice to your sources by turning what you know into sentence statements you can use in your analysis. Input what source data you have in this intuitive format and see what you really know about your research. Evidentia is a tool for the modern genealogist whose goal is to draw conclusions based on the sources gathered in their family history research.

Joan Lastra

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Just curious. How do others enter data into Evidentia? Clearly, it's most useful if you enter every document you've found. But that's a great deal of work.

I've been approaching it one ancestral line per quarter. For example, Q1 was my maternal grandmother; Q2 is my maternal grandfather; Q3 will be my paternal grandfather; and Q4 would be my paternal grandfather if I had any info for him. Lather, rinse, repeat each year. It's time-consuming and tedious, but I hope it will help with my brick walls.

I'm sure there are many ways to go about using Evidentia. How do you approach it?
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If you do one database per family, you will have more data entry. You will likely use the same sources for each family (census records, for example). If you have one database, you can use the same source but give it a different citation; saves data entry. Just a thought--if separating by database keeps things straight for you, then that's the "right way" to do it.
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Kent R Frazier

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Thanks for adding me to this group. 
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Anne Scott

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I'd like to hear how people enter claims against the early US censuses where you don't already know the family group.  I'm especially curious how you attach Subjects without making assumptions as to which male is the head of household.  I'm starting a one-name study and want to start capturing claims in Evidentia to support building up those family groups.  I've attached an example line:  
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Anne, when you attach a subject to a claim, its OK to make assumptions (or more accurately, a theory).  When you do the analysis you will then justify (or disprove) that assumption.

So I have a claim that "the household of David Thompson included 3 females ages 30-40".  I attach  Rachel (his wife)/Residence, Anne (his daughter)/Residence and Rebecca(his daughter)/Residence because I THINK that is who the 3 females MIGHT be.

When I get to the analysis of Rachel/Residence, that is where I Justify WHY I think she is one of the 3 unnamed females.  By then I may have other census claims that document her by name and age living in the same household, and can possibly take the position that it is reasonable to assume that the older record referred to her as well.

That's just one example.
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Ed Thompson
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Looking for some feedback...

I learned while working with FamilySearch that Facts and Events can be assigned one of three categories:  Personal (Birth, Death, Baptism), Couple-Relationship (Marriage, Divorce, Annulment), and Parent-Child-Relationship (Parent of, Child of).

In E3, a Couple-Relationship will combine both parties; e.g. instead of John Smith having a marriage claim, the claim will be "John Smith Marriage to Jane Doe", "John Smith Marriage to Mary Jones".  Each will have its own separate proof (so the marriage to Jane will not be commingled with the marriage to Mary as it is now).   Also, the reciprocal "Marriage of Jane Doe to John Smith" will no longer be a separate proof.  One marriage one proof, searchable by either name.

Attached images show how that will look on the Catalogue Claims and Assign Subjects screen. This is much more intuitive, less duplication of effort, and easier to share.  There are other advantages I am not ready to reveal.

Where I am struggling is with the Parent-Child-Relationship - should it combine a child with two parents, "John Smith is the Child of David Smith and Susan Brown", or should each parent be separate, "John Smith is the Child of David Smith", "John Smith is the Child of Susan Brown".

In the former case, evidence for David as the father of John would show up as part of the same proof as evidence for Susan as the mother of John, and evidence that David and Susan are the parents of John being the mother of John.  

In the latter case the proofs for David as father and Susan as mother would stay separate, with evidence that David and Susan were the parents of John showing up in each proof.

Don't confuse this issue with the scenario where I only know one of the parent - I have a different way of handling it.

I am waffling on which approach to take because of things like adoptions, step relations, etc..., Parent-Child-Relationships other than biologicals.

Feedback?
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Hi, new here, but wanted to comment

I also would prefer to have the single parent/child documented separately, which could go either direction (parent->child or child->parent). I have one family where HE married and had 9 children and SHE married and had 8 children and they married and THEY had 7 children, so on one census there are 12 or so children under 10. Figuring out which is whose is a nightmare, so the Abu
It's to pull it apart in claims and proofs would be helpful.
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Ed Thompson
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I don't JUST code - The Logo in Lego..
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+Deb Yarbrough too much time?  No,  I was filling a "whimsy deficit"
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Is there a way to quickly find what I was last working on in Evidentia? I don't see a way to order by most recent or date added.
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A menu item for a edit log would solve this issue, surely the database tracks the date and time of each edit. Turning that data into a log from most present to older edits would be very helpful.
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Ed Thompson
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Beginners class starts at 8PM EST
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Will start in 3 minutes
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Beverly Locke

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I am a brand new Evidentia user.  My first entry was an obituary. It amazed me how much information was packed into that obituary that I would have missed in the past.  I also appreciated the efficiency of entering data with the mini editor.  How do other people capture all the relationships mentioned in an obit?  I used residence as the claim type, since most of the sentences in the obituary said something like:

[Deceased] was [pre-deceased/survived] by [relationship, name] of [location.]

While residence is useful, I think I really want to capture the relationship.  I see parent & child listed as claim types but I don't see other relationships.  Before I attempt to create my own (I'm thinking a generic "related to") I thought I'd ask how others handle this.
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+Deb Yarbrough 

Evidentia can export a GEDCOM file. I have done that and brought the information from Evidentia in my genealogy database program. No retyping anything, including the all of the proof statements, arguments and citations.

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Ed Thompson
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I am looking for a "Cousin Russ", someone who can help me with a training class this Friday at 8PM by monitoring the comments thread and feeding me question from people not on the panel.

I hate to keep asking Russ, and this would be a GREAT opportunity for someone who is thinking about helping to teach Evidentia to others.

Interested? Let me know at ed@evidentiasoftware.com. This can be a one time gig or ongoing fun.
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Done :)
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Teresa Sleuth

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Hi all, here's my first stupid question. When entering "Subjects" on the "Catalogue Claims" screen, I am fine with entering/selecting the claim type and then doing the same for subject but how, for gosh sakes, can I avoid having to remove my hands from my keyboard to click the little DONE button? I've tried the Control-Enter combo used with success in the mini editor to no avail.
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Hi Bob! Eureka! (You make it look so easy....lol)
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Ed Thompson
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When I started Evidentia in Dec 2012, I never really thought about CDs and shipping, etc... until +Pat Richley-Erickson talked me into RootsTech 2013.  I realized "I should have something physical to sell there"

This year things have really taken off, and while most business is still downloads, and I ship physical CDs weekly.

These arrived this week. Boxes of them.

Becky?  Has anyone seen Becky?
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And the rest, they say, is history! 😊
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