Sunday, June 27, 2010

How to create a family group sheet

Last year I downloaded the free Legacy 7, and transferred my family tree file from PAF to the new software. Today, I thought I'd give a little guide on how to create a family group sheet.

Open your family tree file on Legacy:

Click on 'Reports' button on top and a window will appear, click on the 'Family' tab:

Type the full name of the chosen persons family sheet in the title box:

Click on the 'Report Options' icon and choose various information to be included and the format (whatever you prefer). I chose to include the RINs and MRINs.* You could also take out the christening date and place, which I realised afterwards!

You can then preview and print. Voila!

My preview looked like this:

*What are RINs and MRINs?

Each person in your database has a number called a Record Identification Number (RIN) and each family has a number called Marriage Record Identification Number (MRIN).

Can readers of this blog provide a guide to creating a family goup sheet with other software?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Remembering our shaheed .. 11

I'm posting more announcements of our shaheed (martyred) who are fighting for our country, our people and our freedom.

Friday May 21st 2010

'Two soldiers were killed and three others injured in a landmine explosion in the Safi tehsil of the Mohmand Agency on Friday, officials said.

Security forces were conducting a search operation in Garhi, Kandharo and Ferman Kore areas when the landmine planted near the main road exploded.

Lance Naik Nooruddin and Naik Rehman Shah died were killed in the incident occurred in the Garhi area.' (Dawn)

Saturday May 29th 2010

'Jahanzeb Khan, a local administrator, says the attacks Sunday targeted militants in the Orakzai tribal region who had fled from an army offensive last year in nearby South Waziristan.

Khan says two soldiers were killed in Orakzai on Saturday night when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.' (Dawn)

Wednesday June 9th 2010

'Dozens of militants attacked a security convoy in an area near Afghanistan where Pakistan declared the Taliban defeated, sparking a battle that killed six soldiers and 40 militants, an official said Wednesday.' (Dawn)

Note: I can only provide you with names if I find them in the news articles I browse. If you think something needs correcting, please do leave me a message. I try my best.

We should all pray for these men and their families and recognise their courage and sacrifice for their country.

Are you related to a soldier? Do you have memories of a loved one dying in a war? Do you have a message for the soldiers fighting? Leave me a comment.

Monday, June 14, 2010

How to use message boards

Let me introduce you to a genealogy research tool: message boards

The one I'll be talking about today is:

The main page shows different message boards divided into surnames, regional and general topics. For instance, if I choose a surname to search for example, 'DIN', I am unable to find a message board. However, you can 'request' a forum for that surname by clicking on 'Add a Forum' at the bottom of the page:

If I want to search for a forum by country, e.g. Pakistan, I can click on 'Countries' which brings me to a page listed with various countries. I search for and click on 'Pakistan' where I can view previous posts that have been published on the forum.

How to write a post of your own ..

The first thing you have to note when writing a post on a forum is the title. Example of a bland and boring title would be 'Information required'. Most likely, people viewing the board will immediately glance away from this post as it doesn't seem that interesting (unless they are the types who have to view every post). Instead you should try to pack in information such as names, dates and regions. A good example of this is: 'Looking for Imam Bukhsh from Dargan village, Pakistan 1910'

Usually I have come across messages that offer no information but simply demand it. It's not good enough just to say you are searching for your family tree since most likely your family tree is not lurking on the Internet, waiting for you to find it. Your posts have to be clear and concise so don't waffle otherwise readers will be put off.
Also try looking for answers locally by asking family members, historians in the region you are researching and searching for books at your local library.
People with similar research interests will most often share their information with you so saying 'thankyou' and 'please' are some pleasantries that should not be forgotten.

Lastly, don't be despondent if you don't have the amount of feedback that you had hoped for. As genealogy becomes more popular within the Pakistani community, more people will look to the Internet as a means to do their research.

Please do give your comments below or even email me your thoughts at pakistani_g[at] - I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

One year on .. (2)

Sepoy Shahid Khan, Raza Mohammad, Naveed Khan and Sharifuddin
embraced shahadat (martydom) in South Waziristan Agency (SWA)
on 5th June 2009

An unnamed soldier
lost his life near Angoor Adda
on 5th June 2009

Burial: Unknown