One of my favorite parts of my genealogy software is the note field. Seems from what I get when I talk to people is that most people focus on using just the facts and nothing more. Sort of like Sargent Friday from Dragnet... "...just the facts mam.." But you miss out on so much more when all you focus on is the facts.
Things I have in my notefields -
- Holiday stories & memories
- Theories & suppositions
- Newspaper articles
Although I use the notefields for my facts, I also LOVE the general notefields as well. There I put things that I don't really want to make a fact for. Over the past few years another researcher & myself have been working on disproving/proving the identity of a female ancestor. The emails that we exchange, complete with dates (only those that discuss this topic) are copied & pasted in the general or research notes on this lady we are researching. Saves me from having to go and find the notes, clogging up my email box or printing them off and storing them. I make sure that the emails have only pertinent information and I include dates etc. No matter where I am, if I have my file I am good!
I also have many of my grandmother's (both maternal & paternal) recipes in their general notefields. Always backed up, always safe! I don't have every recipe in there, just the ones that when they went to family reunions or church socials, it was the most requested. Hard to choose but I did.
I also keep track of my research process. When I ordered a death certificate, what I have looked at, what I found or didn't find. Alot of software today offers a research journal as part of their package, it didn't work for me. The note field does. I also include my theories and thought processes regarding my searches in the notefields as well.
Not much of my research or my software useage is based on how someone else does things. I tend to look for my own solutions, make things work for me and go from there. The notefields for my facts are filled with much information as well. Facts like newspaper articles, obituaries, Biographical entries & land deeds all have those items typed as found in the notefields. When possible the image of the document is linked after being scanned. Maybe today would be a really good day to stop & look at just how much your software works for YOU.
Making your genealogy software notefields work for you - Its a very good thing!