Saturday, June 22, 2013

SNGF: Database Stats

This week Randy Seavers of the Geneamusings blog has challenged us with the following tasks:

1)If you have your family tree research in a Genealogy Management Program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database (hint:  the Help button is your friend!)
2)  Tell us which GMP you use, and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ stream comment.

This was more easily said than done for me, since (1) I don't have all of my families in a single tree and (2) I'm still using an older version of Family Tree Maker (2009). I could not find the number of places (just the number of unresolved places) nor the number of sources (just the number of source groups).

What I was able to generate for my THREE family files is shown below.

                                 SWICEGOOD                  SHARP              SOMMARSTROM
                           (my maternal lines)   (my paternal lines)    (husband's lines)
People                       14,684                           2,014                    1,855
Marriages                     4,868                             734                       558
Generations                      14                               14                        11
Surnames                     2,485                             593                       417
Source groups                 596                             156                           9 (?)  

Is there any doubt as to where I spend my research time?
It could have something to do with the fact that I have NEVER met ANYONE on my father's side of the family and that nobody in my husband's family has shown any interest in family history. On the other hand, I regularly correspond with a number of cousins on my mother's side (from 1st to 5th!) and several of them keep asking me questions about truly tangential lines (for me).

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