Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – What source have you used the most?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.

This week’s mission was:

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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 haven’t been as diligent as I could be with citing my sources, as I had planned to start a new tree, to fix a number of errors that had crept in to my tree over the years.  At the moment I have 3327 master sources and 24691 citations, and there are 11039 persons in my tree – the source/person ratio is 2.236706.

2) I use Legacy Family Tree Version 8, and to find this information I chose Other Reports, Source Citations, and then Master Sources and Citation Summary Counts. Since I didn’t want to search through over 3000 master source citations to find the ones with the highest counts, I found another way of finding this information. The details on how I did this can be found on my post Finding source citations statistics in Legacy Family Tree.

The top 3 sources I have used are:

Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 CD:  1724 citations (7%)

Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 CD: 1163 citations (5%)

Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 CD: 1056 citations (4%)

Over the years, I have ended up with more than one master source in my database for the same source, and I also accessed these indexes in a number of different formats (microfiche, online databases) so these figures are actually higher than this.