As a slight diversion, I decided to revisit some work I had done on my children’s Swiss immigrants to Davenport, Iowa. The only problem was that in one family there were several people in the family whose first and middle names were Christian Anton and Anton Christian. There were several different last names as the various men with the first and middle name combinations of Christian Antons and Anton Christians were sons of two men named Christian Anton and Anton Christian and their sisters. The men were all first cousins (or the two brothers) and I was constantly confusing them.
So I made a quick chart with each man’s complete name, year of birth, place of birth, names of parents (if known), and other identifying information. The list helped to keep me straight and was faster to refer to than a database or a chart of the entire family.