Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Source Have You Used the Most?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another challenge for us:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.

1)    I try to create source citations for all of my events, but I still have many events where the source citation is part of notes instead. This is left over from my PAF program which I used for nearly ten years. When I work on a family, I try to move these Notes sources into real sources, but it takes time.

My current database, RootsMagic says I have 8,839 citations coming from 1,512 different sources. I have 7091 people in my database and 16,603 events. My source to person ratio is 8,839/7091 = 1.25. Obviously, I have not sourced all of my events yet. I’ve only done about half of them.

We did this same exercise three years ago and my ratio then was 1.09. So I have been improving!

2)    I ran the statistics for the number of sources I have. It came to 356 pages! My most used sources         in order are:

Find A Grave
Texas Deaths 1890-1076
Cemetery & Bible Records Vol 1 (Mississippi)

Skaraborg Parish Records

California Voter Registration1900-1968
Barron & Allied Families

Nilsen Family: From Jonkoping to America

Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

World War I Draft Registrations

Parish Records

*I didn’t record all of these databases in 2014

Again, if I didn’t separate all of my census entries by county, I would have a very high statistic for the U.S. census.

Copyright © 2017 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Top 10 (or 20) Surnames in Your Family Tree

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another assignment this week for us. I have not had a chance to participate because I was away from my computer on vacation.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.
2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.
3) Tell us what the top 10 (or 20) surnames are in your database and, if possible, how many entries. How many different surnames are in your family tree?
4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

I use RootsMagic and Randy was so kind to explain in his blog post how to do this in RootsMagic. It is a report called "Surname Statistics."

I was very surprised by the results. I expected the surname GORRELL to be tops, but rather it was LOVELESS.  See the table below.


The first three names are from my southern roots and these families had very large families, who in turn had large families.

As for the number of different surnames, there were 28+ pages of names. At 53 names per page, the math would be  28 X 53 + 38 (no. on p. 29) = 1522.

There were 16+ pages of names occurring only once (889 names).

Some of the names could have been combined.

  • Bischof and Bishop are the same family. 
  • Horoch and Hork are the same family. 
  • Eliasson and Lundquist are the same family. 

And then there are all of the Swedish surnames that changed each generation. If they had not used patronymic system of naming, the Swedish names would have had higher counts.

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