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Re: Pettus Book Status
Posted by: William Pettus (ID *****9435) Date: April 01, 2008 at 07:31:51
In Reply to: Pettus Book Status by William Pettus of 941

After considerable experimentation, I have found no suitable way to generate multi-page descendant charts for inclusion in my book with any of the standard genealogy programs. The essential difficulty is with resolution (crispness) or achieving proper alignment between successive pages. I think that I will have to generate a series of one-page charts with at most three or four generations on each chart.

As this will be a time-consuming task to accomplish, I decided to set charting aside until I have tied up the remaining loose ends in my book. In particular, I have been in contact with distant relatives who have provided additional pictures and vital statistics where I did not have them before. This information will strengthen the chapters I wrote on the last two generations to be included in my book. I have also continued working on source documentation, which is a very time-consuming task. I often wish that I had a librarian to keep track of all the documents I have on file.

I plan to visit courthouses in southern Virginia later this month to look up and copy some deeds that should help me trace the chain of ownership of certain tracts of land owned by family members in the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.


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