I am working on a project which I may be using categories with. The scope of the project is over a single Swiss Province.
This is a project that is about transcribing source documents.
Each family name (ie REGLI) has a book which contains families from around 1600 to 1900's. The families are numbered.
My plan is to create a Category for each SURNAME Stammbuch.
Further, I would like to create a category for each family.
SURNAME Stammbuch FAMILY#.
The profile of a father would go into a family with his parents and a separate family with his wife and children. He may also be listed with his wife's family and her parents and siblings.
The reason this structure works for me is this: By looking at the main SURNAME Stammbuch I can identify which families have been transcribed and which ones have not. I will also be able to navigate from one family to the next by number which is very important when navigating these records. IE Often the number of one's family is given in their spouse's family book. It is much easier to find Joesph Walker family 53 than to simply find Joseph Walker born around 1710-1740. As the record does not contain birth information for spouses, only a family number, a duplicate may have to be created until the family can be identified by opening the book and hunting through it to find the family then identifying a birth and seeing if the individual exists. If I was able to create a new key (category) I could easily see if WALKER family 53 had been created and who was in it.
I am planning on nesting these categories under both One Name Studies if they exist and the Uri Province categories.
I experimented with creating a listing of families on a page of its own, but I can see it will quickly become too large and unwieldy to be of use.
Please let me know if this is problematic and if it is, why.
I believe it is a similar approach to how we categorize the US Census pages.
Please see the Regli v. Goschenen Stammbuch for an idea of what I have discussed.