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Re: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document
Posted by: Richard Lake (ID *****8414) Date: March 29, 2008 at 06:29:07
In Reply to: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document by Deezak of 4315

Deezak: Have you found the indexing function in MS Word 2000? Frankly, I was confronted with exactly the same situation as your friend. My family history notes morphed into a 300+ page narrative and by the time I knew that I should index it, I was stuck. I had entered all of my data into a genealogical program which was fine but I wrote the narrative using MS Word 2000. Try as I might, I never could find any automatic indexing function. Seems like it should be there and Betty says MS Word 2002 has it but it's sure well-hidden in my version. I searched "Help" until I was blue in the face but never could find it. Ultimately, I indexed manually and it was indeed a time-consuming, tedious and confusing task. The duplication of names can make it fiendishly difficult so I ended up using birth/death dates to differentiate individuals. I also indexed all females under their maiden names with parenthetical notes as to married names. I indexed the married names with a bracketed note referring back to the maiden name. I started to index all proper names (towns, churches, businesses, etc.) but gave up early on with that one. I figured that I had my hands full with individuals.
If you have discovered how to use the index function in MS Word 2000 then I'll be most grateful if you pass on the secret. I may just go back and enter all those place names.

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