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“5 Minutes or 5 Hours: Stopping Mistakes Before They Start (FamilyTree)”

Kathryn Grant

Talk Abstract:
“Just fix it later.” “The important thing is to add names to the tree as quickly as possible.” “Someone else will clean it up.” This advice may be well-intended, but the truth is that cutting corners now almost always costs more in the long run. This presentation gives two examples of mistakes in Family Tree that were easy to make but hard to clean up. It also gives principles to help stop these kinds of mistakes before they’re made. It takes a little more effort to be careful up front, but it saves time in the long run.

Speaker Bio:
After years on the sidelines, Kathryn began doing family history. Somewhat to her surprise, she discovered that she loved it! Her specialty is helping new family historians find success—and maybe even avoid some of the mistakes she’s made. Kathryn teaches Sunday classes at the BYU Family History Library and presents at other family history events. Her column on family history ran in the Nauvoo Times for about a year and is still available online. In addition, she’s a regular contributor to the FamilySearch blog. Kathryn works as a technical writer and instructional designer with a focus on usability and process improvement. Her current work assignment includes developing training used on mobile devices. Besides family history, she loves uplifting music, thought-provoking books, and fresh raspberries.

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NOTICE: This presentation is part of a set of over 400 presentations on genealogy and family history produced by "UVTAGG: The Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group".
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