Randy Seaver has assigned another mission for this weekend.  Even though I have two humongous stacks of “stuff” to scan, label, and catalog, and even though I’ve been relatively unproductive all weekend, I thought I’d do it anyway.

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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 to find 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.


I use RootsMagic.  I converted from FamilyTreeMaker about 2 years ago in an effort to clean up my database and only include those people for whom I have documentation.  After spending the first several years of my research as a “name collector,” I was able to shrink my FTM database down from over 3,000 individuals to a nice tidy sum of 512 in RootsMagic.

databaseThe remaining statistics are as follows:

  • Events:  1238
  • Places:  184
  • Sources:  276
  • Citations:  1439

Compared to my FTM database (which hasn’t been updated since July 2011):

  • People:  3247
  • Places:  846
  • Sources:  81
  • Citations: (not given)

I feel pretty good about my itty bitty RootsMagic database.  At least I am more confident that everyone is who I think they are, plus the ratio of sources to events (or sources to people in FTM) makes me think I’m at least moving in the right direction.

I guess I’d better get busy … the weekend’s almost over!


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