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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents  & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.

Locations (above and to the right). Here you can find my family names associated with each location, useful websites and blogs, books, maps and other resources that are helpful for research there. Do you have a favorite resource:  archive, book, website to share? Let me know.

Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

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  • November 18, 2015: Time to Write: #3 Table of Contents - Leaves & Branches

    A Table of Contents is a necessity for a well-organized genealogy book. When I am in an archives or library and I am trying to decide if a reference book will be helpful to my research I first look at the Table of Contents and the Index. Therefore, when writing my own books, I am sure to include both.

    In Microsoft Word there are manual and automatic options for inserting a Table of Contents. I like to use the automatic option. It is easier because my contents may be altered as I write and Microsoft Word will change my Table of Contents as I make those alterations. To make that happen I had to first set up Heading Styles.

    Heading Styles

    I looked at my outline to decide the sections of my book. Then I decided on the styles I wanted. Because my book is titled ‘Remembrances’ I named my Styles REM1, REM2, REM3, etc. I made notes on my outline to keep track of my ideas.

    REM1. All Capitals; size 18 font; double underline

    REM2. All Capitals; size 18 font; no underlines

    REM3. All Capitals; size 16 font; etc.

    Here is a section of that outline with my Style Markings. {I made changes here to make it fit easily in this post.]

    REM1         TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                 

    REM1          INTRODUCTION          

    REM1         ANCESTOR TREE OF A J  GARDNER                       

    REM1         THE FAMILIES                                                                       

    REM2                   BRADY                                     


    The Brady Family Tree           

    REM3                            The Brady Family Timeline                                   


    The Thomas & C (Gibney) Brady Family Story    


    The Children of Thomas Brady       


    Patrick Brady                        


    The Children of P & E (Reilly) Brady 


    William Brady                       


    The Children of W & B (O’Reilly) Brady 


    Owen Brady                          


    The Children of O & M (McGovern) Brady  


    Ann Brady Kilday                   


    The Children of J & A (Brady) Kilday   


    Bartholomew Anthony Brady  


    The Children of Bart & M (Reddan) Brady    


    The Descendants of Thomas Brady    

    REM2                   COYLE              

    REM3                            The Coyle Family Tree                      

    Table of Contents

    Next I clicked on the spot I wanted to add the Table of Contents. Then I clicked on the Reference tab & clicked the Table of Contents box. The drop down menu gives Automatic & Manual options.

    I wanted more options. For example, I set up 5 Style Headings [REM1 - REM5] and I want 5 levels in my Table of Contents. My outline & my Table of Contents will begin at the margin for level 1 & then move over 4 times for subsections, giving me 5 levels.

    There is a video that shows the steps more clearly than I could list here.  

    Once it is in place I can work on my book, click on the Table of Contents & then click ‘Update Table’. The table will be updated to show the changes I made.

    Have you made a Table of Contents? What did you use to generate it?

    Next: Index

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