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.
- 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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