Can someone volunteer and explain to me what catagories are and why we would use them?

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asked in Policy and Style by Donald Gibson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway




  1. 1.

    a class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics.

    "five categories of intelligence"

    synonyms: classclassificationgroupgroupingbracketheadingsetMore
  2. 2.


    one of a possibly exhaustive set of classes among which all things might be distributed.

 In lay-mans terms it allows searches of Categories. It makes Groups to help us track information about our ancestors, so we have Projects & Leaders. Example: Military and War, Quakers, Mayflower, Etc...

1 Answer

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Categories list profiles that share some common thread, for example all the people buried in one cemetery are a category, all the passengers of the Titanic are a category.

While most people could be placed in thousands of different categories, it is usually best to put them in categories that potentially help further our research, ones that help us connect individuals, or ones that can add context to the persons life. For example, multiple children of one family may be baptized at the same church so a category for that church may help us connect individuals. The journals of a soldier may contain mentions of the comrades he served alongside but even if they don't the experiences of that soldier may add more context to the life of someone who shared their experiences - adding them to a category such as their military unit allows us to more easily 'browse' these other possibly non-related people looking for clues.
answered by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (272k points)

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