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#1 rlgleason51

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 05:24 AM

I have ancestors who served in the revolutionary war and the war of 1812. Until now I've used the
mili-begin and mili-end tags to reflect their service and annotating the details (commanders, special accomplishments, etc) in the memo field. Is this how others do this? Is there a better way?
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#2 Sue G

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 05:56 AM

That's the way I've been doing it for years.  If necessary I'll change the wording in the sentence to make more sense for a particular person, but not change the default for that sentence.



#3 Terry Reigel

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:17 AM

I find the information I get for various service members is so varied that trying to create a standard Tag Type or Tag Types seems hopeless. So I use a custom Mil-Serv tag, but most of the time I change the sentence to [M] and write the whole story in the Memo, inserting Sentence Variables in the Memo to pick up the Date and place data. I include enlistment and discharge information, units, and information about campaigns involved, etc., when I can find it. I often use several tags to pick up different dates and places. 


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

I have added the Memo variable to both the standard Milit-Beg and Milit-End tag type sentences, but like Terry also created a MilService custom tag type which basically is nothing but the Memo variable.  For my examples see the sentence templates for these three tag types in my book.

 


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#5 rlgleason51

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:43 AM

Thanks everyone. I will look at the tag sentence suggestions.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:37 PM

I initially used "Mil-Beg" and "Mil-End" tags for entry and exit into service information, and the memo of the more general "Mil-Svc" for all other information, but this didn't quite work.  I tend to focus more on war service and the units they served in, so modified these tags to a "Mil-Svc War" and "Mil-Svc Unit", using ​the memo of the more general "Mil-Svc" for the more generalized data.  For Example, in "Mil-Svc War" I might enter "Civil War (Confederate Army" and in "Mil-Svc Unit" I would enter "7th Virginia Cavalry, Company K."  This give me a great ability to search and sort.  In the later instance, I found seven brothers and cousins in the same company of the 7th Virginia that I hadn't realized served together.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:50 PM

One additional comment; Terry is absolutely right, the sources and possible data are just too varied to create a standard for data entry.  I have tried several ideas, and didn't find one satisfactory.  So, focus on how you intend to use the data.  if you just want to record information, a MEMO field entry would probalby work.  If you are wanting to sort out every one from a particular war, unit, or service, you will find it easier to a DETAIL kind of entry.  In the, I think, as Terry suggests, you will find you need be flexible.



#8 Terry Reigel

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:39 PM

In addition to using the Tags described here to record military service and display it in narratives, I use a separate tag to record Military service for an index page in my website created with Second Site. See http://reigelridge.c...ts/toot-mil.htm

 

This tag collects the data used in the index in an organized way in order to build the index.


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#9 rlgleason51

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:18 AM

Thanks. Terry, your info will,help a lot.




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