Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Colors Can Make a Difference

When it comes to organization, one of the easiest and yet least thought of is using color to help identify various lines.

I teach a class about a system of color coding developed by my dear friend, Mary Hill, many years ago that helps one to keep files and documents organized by colors. This process once set up works very well, however, it can be a daunting task for anyone who has been doing genealogy for a long time. Mary's advice as well as mine would be to do this over a period of time. She has information on this system set up through "FamilyRoots Organizer", while some of the links are not working, there are enough sections working to see how it works.

Ancestral Quest follows the same color patterns set up in this same system, the colors are:

Blue for the Father's Father

Green for the Father's Mother

Red for Mother's Father

Yellow for Mother's Mother

To get to the color coding section is under the "Tools" drop down menu, it is the 5th in the list. Once you click "Color Coding" this is the window that opens up for you:

If you notice the color chart in the upper right hand corner, the colors match the above list although the colors are lighter. Note that the "Set standard ancestral colors" is selected.

You can make changes here but if you are using this system you will always know which line you are in as you work in your database. Note that the colors are set according to the individual who is set in primary position.

This coloring can follow into the printed fan charts too.

Take advantage of these tools to help you as you work in your database, it helps a lot especially as you work on various lines.

Remember comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;) 
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