Rainstorms have been extremely good for my vegetable garden. The weather has forced me to work indoors and that means sitting at the computer. I’ve spent hours documenting (for a friend-cousin) and NEVER found a connection to my extended family. I’m not complaining; in the future, I may find a connection. My effort may be helpful to another Ancestry subscriber. I encountered individuals with the surname “Deal” and suspected they were descendants of immigrants with the surname “Diehl.” I recognized the possibility that I might have duplicates where the (recent) individual’s “hint” arrived with “Deal” and I already had them in my database as “Diehl.” Solution: Have two computers side-by-side with one listing “Deal” and the other listing “Diehl.” The lists were checked and one duplicate located. A lot of time… but I “deal” with details (lol).
More than three hundred individuals added to my Ancestry database in two days. It isn’t a simple matter of “adding an individual.” There may be five to fifteen “sources” to add to the record. Here is a comparison: The name is like a garment hanging on a rack. The sources put a man or woman in the garment. (Attention to details!!)