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Re: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document
Posted by: Deezak (ID *****6767) Date: March 24, 2008 at 05:43:31
In Reply to: Re: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document by Betty of 4315

I assure you my mentioning the gent's age was not meant to imply that he was incompetent.

I've never met this gentleman in person, only spoken with him on the phone. So I really know very little about him other than the fact that he 1) has over 500 pages of genealogical material he's gathered and typed up and 2) he is steadily employed full time. It occurred to me that, given his age and the fact that he continues to work 40 plus hours per week, the prospect of re-doing/re-entering all of his information into a different sort of software program might not seem as attractive an option as it perhaps would to someone who is 45 or 50 years old, or even someone who, as I am, is almost 62.

But I realize I certainly didn't make that clear in my post and I take your point. ;-)

Nor did I mean to imply it was stupid to use a word processor, merely that I suspected it was not the best choice. As I stated in my original post I know almost nothing about genealogical work so I'm certainly aware that my opinions on these matters are not well informed. I was merely trying to head off suggestions that he start over and use a different tool that might allow easier indexing of his information. As I mentioned, I have the distinct impression from talking to him that he's hoping there is some indexing software that will do most of the work for him and I think that might be more likely if he had used genealogy software instead of a word processor. But again I certainly realize I may be mistaken about that.

Thank you for your suggestions which I have noted. May I ask how you created your index for your much larger document? Did you use an indexing feature that is part of <Insert> in the Word Perfect software you used at first? And have you been able to update your index using a similar feature in Word 2000?

I appreciate your suggestions and help. I'm sorry if I posted in the wrong forum. I selected this one as its name suggested to me it was an appropriate place to start with such a question by someone like myself who has no experience doing this sort of work. If a forum moderator thinks it appropriate to move this thread to another forum that will certainly be fine with me.

Again, thank you so much for the information and suggestions you've provided.


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