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 the mission was:

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) Because I have been trying to organize my genealogy for years, I have not always taken the time to cite my sources properly, so I haven’t done as well as I could have citing my sources. Now that I have finally found a system that seems to work for me, I plan to remedy this situation.  I’m still at the stage of setting up my database, and once that is done, I plan to go into my tree (or start a new tree), and fix up my source citations.  In the meantime, these are my statistics.  I use Legacy Family Tree, and to find the basic statistics, I selected File from the top menu in Legacy, and then File Properties.

I have 11850 individuals in my tree, 3403 master sources, and 25277 citations.  The source/person ratio is 2.13308.

I remembered doing this mission before, and found I had done a post in June 2015 called  Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – What source have you used the most? My statistics back then were: 3327 master sources and 24691 citations, and 11039 persons in my tree – the source/person ratio was 2.236706.

 2) When I did my post back in June 2015, I found an easier way to determine which source I used the most. Rather than going through the Source Citation Report, and checking each source individually, I created a PDF file of the Source Citation Report, using the Master Sources and Citation Summary counts option.

Then I copied the file into Microsoft Excel, and sorted the report by Column A.  I then deleted everything except the lines starting with the word Individual.  I then used Data: Text to Columns to move the number to Column B.  I then sorted Column B from Largest to smallest.

This gave me this list, which shows the top 10 numbers.

Individuals: 1724
Individuals: 1162
Individuals: 1056
Individuals: 880
Individuals: 652
Individuals: 595
Individuals: 429
Individuals: 392
Individuals: 330
Individuals: 306

Then it was just a matter of searching the PDF file for these numbers, to find which source they belonged to

1724

My top ten Master Sources are:

  1. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 Index to Deaths in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 5302 2. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Services, December 1998).- Individuals 1724
  2. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 5300 6. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Service, November 1998). Individuals: 1162
  3. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 Indexes to Births Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 0614 8. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Services, August 1997). Individuals: 1056
  4. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901. CD-ROM database (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Services, August 1997). Individuals: 880
  5. Year of birth calculated from age at time of death Individuals: 652
  6. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 Indexes to Births Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 0616 4. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd, August 1997). Individuals: 595
  7. NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages online [http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm]. Individuals: 429
  8. Rootsweb WorldConnect – database submitted by sixzero@sympatico.ca, Rootsweb online (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:a23238), accessed August 1999 – some of the information has since been privatised. This information hasn’t been added to this tree. Individuals: 392
  9. Search Old Parish Register Births & Baptisms, ScotlandsPeople online (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/search/oprbirth/index.aspx]. Individuals: 330
  10. Ancestry.com (U.K.), “England & Wales, FreeBDM Birth Index: 1837-1983,” database, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : citiing the General Register Office’s England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. Individuals: 306

It will be interesting to see what my top ten master sources will be, once I go in and update my source citations.

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