Including a different line of my family from Madisonville. I know the shipyard well and will be near there next week. I have no problem with the shipyard because it stayed in one place so I can figure out how to create a category for it.
My problem is that there is no category yet for the Rock Island company, at least not one that I could find. If there were I would just use it and not worry about all the places. We need to create a category for the Rock Island company. What is the proper name. Would it be Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad? The name seems to have changed somewhat over time as they merged with or took over other railroads.
Unlike the the Jahncke Shipyard, the Rock Island wasn't just located in one place, and I want to be able to connect together the ones in different places, or to use a more overarching category to link them. I have one man who worked for the Rock Island and his family lived in Rock Island, then later in Kansas City and Saint Joseph with the expansion of the line and as he got older he became a brakeman and traveled most of the time. His family settled in Council Bluff, Iowa at that time. All his working life, he worked in different positions for the Rock Island, but definitely not in the same place or really in any fixed place.
So do I need to figure out all the places he worked for the Rock Island and create categories for all of them? I was hoping we could create one category for the company and put all the family members who worked for the company in the same company category and see how people and families lives and movement around the country was influenced by the railroad.
I just don't know enough to figure out what the right name would be for the Rock Island railroad company.