Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Persons in your biggest family tree

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)  Look in your preferred genealogy management program (e.g., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, Ancestry Member Tree, etc.) and determine how many separate “trees” (or “bushes,” or “twigs”) you have.

2)  How many persons are in your biggest family tree in your collection?  What persons are in your biggest tree (e.g., your ancestors, a person’s descendants, etc.)

3)  Share your answers in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on a Facebook post.

I currently have 3 family trees that I am currently using

  • The Family of Lois Willis that I use for my online family trees
  • The new tree I created at the beginning of the year, where I created a base tree from the Family of Lois Willis tree, and then uploaded this to Ancestry, and which only has the sources I found from Ancestry, Fold3 and Newspapers.com. I used TreeShare in RootsMagic to download this tree, and all the media, to my computer.
  • My “complete” tree which, as well as the information on my children’s ancestors, also includes information I have found for branches not directly related, and living individuals that I don’t include in my online tree.

I use Legacy Family Tree as my preferred Genealogy Management Program.  In the “View” menu, there is the “Trees” list.  When I generated the list, there were 428 separate trees in the “Complete” tree of 46,860 persons.  I have 42,517 persons in my largest tree.  This includes all of my ancestral families and their descendants, as well as some of the families they married into.  I periodically merge the Family of Lois Willis into this tree, to pick up new people I have added, and I also recently merged the Ancestry tree, so there are still double ups of individuals that haven’t been picked up in the merges.  This list I just generated will help me to identify these double ups, so that I can merge them into the main tree.

In the new tree from my Ancestry Public Member Tree, there were 32 separate trees in the database of 14,026 persons.  The largest tree had 13,308 persons. Most of the other trees were for people with the main surnames I am researching (Whimpey, Meiklejohn, Clyne, Moncur, Prain, Dandie, Docwra, Sell, Leete, Slawson, Campkin) that I haven’t been able to link yet, although there do seem to be a few “strays” that I need to check and either merge into the main tree, or delete.

Background of featured image is a Photo by Conner Shaver on Unsplash