Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Trees in Your Database?

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:

1) How many different “trees” do you have in your genealogy management program (i.e., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, reunion, etc.) or online tree (e.g. Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage tree)?

2)  How many trees do you have, and how big is your biggest tree?  Do you have some smaller “bushes” or “twigs?”

3)  Tell us in your own blog post (please leave a link in Comments here), in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

To find this information in Legacy Family Tree, I selected View from the menu, and then selected Trees

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This is the top of the list.

 count trees internet tree

And this is the bottom of the list.

count trees internet tree end

I have 29 separate “trees” or “bushes” or “twigs” in my Legacy Family Tree.

The largest “tree” is my family tree with my ancestors, my ex-husband’s ancestors, and their descendants.  This tree has 10,231 individuals.

On the other end, I have 10 “twigs” with only one person.  These people appear to have become unlinked from the main tree.

Some of the other “bushes” are for individuals that share the surname of my ancestors with uncommon surnames (such as Docwra, Campkin, Moncur, Prain etc), who I haven’t been able to link to my direct line yet.

I also need to do some pruning, to either merge or delete some of the “twigs”.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Trees in Your Database?”

  1. How do you think those people got unlinked from your main tree? On my Ancestry trees, there appear to be people in my main tree, but when I look at them through the pedigree view, it shows absolutely no connection to anyone else on the tree. I have yet to be able to figure that one out!

    It looks like your program can do things that I have no clue how to do or even where to look in my Family Tree Maker program. It looks like yours can do some very interesting reports.

    Have a blessed day. 🙂


    1. In reviewing these people, there appears to be a different reason for each one. In one case, I had unlinked a person because her mother was unmarried, and there were two females (who were cousins) with the same name that might have been her mother.
      In another case, the person was married to someone who is still living, and I had removed her spouse, and his parents (because they might also still be living), from my tree.
      I’m still checking the rest of them, but in most cases, I would say that the reasons would be similar, that I unlinked them because I wasn’t sure they belonged where I had them, but I didn’t want to delete them.

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      1. Thank you for explaining. Is there any particular reason to remove the living folks from your tree? As I understand it, even on the public trees on Ancestry, they don’t show the information about the living people. That’s the way I understood it, though maybe I understood it incorrectly.
        Have a blessed day. 🙂


  2. I do have some living people in my tree, but I decided that, since the information doesn’t show up anyway, there wasn’t much point including them in the tree I use for the internet. I have another tree on my computer where I include the information for living individuals. Most of the information I have for living individuals is second hand information anyway, which is another reason why I don’t include them.


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