14 June 2009
It's primarily a question of personal preference. I've kept my father's family separate from my mother's to make exchanging data with the two sides of the family easier. My paternal cousins have no particular interest in my mother's side of my family, and vice-versa.
Other families that I've done some research on are kept separate even though there is a family connection. A sister of my grandfather is tied into a large group of people in Canada, and I've made contact with a few of them, but I keep that branch in a separate PAF database.
No matter what genealogy program you use, it's usually easier to combine databases (provided there isn't a big overlap) than it is to separate them.
So I can't give you any specific advice, other than to consider what you want to do with the data, and arrange your databases to make that process the easiest.
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