In the FGS (Family Generation Sibling)
format, each person is limited to a single line, and a unique reference
can be made to any person using their FGS number.
GG<Tab or hyphen>SSSSS...<Tab>Name & data...[optional
"GG" is an arbitrary generation
# assigned by the d.o.b. of the 1st person in the list (the earliest known
person in each line). My #'s begin with 1=1600, and increase in 25
"F" is the filename,
and usually indicates which family is being considered, such as "JLX_LEE",
"Hugh_LEE", VA_LEEs", etc. Within this file there are the lines,
each composed of 3 parts: a generation #, a sibling order, and the name
& data for a person. Occasionally, this is followed by the source
of the data in square brackets.
"SSSS..." is the sibling
order (the 2nd #). If you're familiar with the "1-2-3" system, mine
is similar, but the hyphens are removed to save space. In short,
the 7th child of "by643" is "by6437", and that person's 3rd child is "by64373".
Note that each column of the # is a generation. Also, the # of digits
in the sib# must be the same as the gen# (done for error checking against
"insert" typos -- unless there's a "." in the sib#, in which case the rule
DOES NOT apply). If the birth order is unknown, a small letter is
used. If the birth # exceeds 9 (ie.2-digit), then a CAPITAL letter
is used, where A=10, B=11, etc.(letters like I & O, which might look
like #'s are skipped). A trailing hyphen indicates "the spouse of"
the same #.
After the name, dates and
places are in the format "yyyy.mm.dd.city,county'state". Note that
the apostrophe replaces "Co.", "m" or "mx" where x is a #, is the
marriage. "u." means "buried", and "r." is "resided".
While this may sound a bit complex,
it's really very simple and easy to use once you get used to it.
If you're looking at an 8th generation person and want to find their parents,
just look "up" the list until you find a generation 7. If you want
the siblings of this 8th generation person, look both "up" & "down"
for all the other 8's WITHOUT passing a 7 or lower #. Finding the
relationship between 2 people is simply a matter of finding their closest
"common" relative. With FGS, just write one # over the other, and
find the common sibling digits. For example:
In this case, "xxb1" is the common ancestor. Then, counting the #
of digits to the right of that common ancestor, we find 7 for the 1st person
and 8 for the other. Applying those #'s to a Relationship Chart (available
from the home page), with the common person in the upper left corner, and
counting out 7 lines in one direction and 8 in the other, we see that these
2 people are 5th cousins once removed. (I know there are other ways
to do it, but that's the way I do it.)
To obtain a unique FGS #
for a person, the proper format is, for example, "JLX_LEE-11-xxb14B11814",
however, when all work is being done within a single file (like JLX_LEE),
the "F" can be left off. Using the longer form, you can make reference
to someone in a different file. For example, if 6-123456 Lee, Mary
marr'd Smith, John, he would have the same # as her, but with a trailing
"-" in the LEE file, but could be 4-bx24 in the SMITH file. He would
then be shown in the LEE file as: 6-123456- Smith, John [Smith-4-bx24].
If I've left anything out,
or you're still confused, please contact me for more explanation.
Jim Williams, Sr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NOTE: If you download an FGS file for later printing, you will
need to select a small font (I use 8 pt. or about 20 cpi), and set the
tabs so that the names line up. My page margins are 0.35" top &
bottom, and 0.5" left & right, with tabs set at 0.3" & 2".
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by Jas. L. Williams, Sr. - K6HIO