- I am forced to review the information. This serves to get me back "in touch" with families I have not researched in years. It is also giving me some writing ideas.
- I can customize the display as I please. I realize that some genealogical databases allow for the creation of customized reports of this type. I've got a general format that I follow. I could have used a computer generated chart to edit, but I chose to.
The table is a nice way for me to see where I still have gaps in my research. It does not substitute for larger, more detailed charts and forms that are used in working on specific families. It does not substitute for larger studies of all children and extended family members. But it is a nice way for someone to see how I connect to a specific person.