Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Many Place Names in Your Family Tree Database?
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission: Impossible music, please!):
1) Go into your genealogy management program (GMP; either software on your computer or an online family tree) and figure out how to count how many places (e.g., towns, counties, states, countries) you have in your family tree database.
2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.
3) Tell us how many place names are in your database and, if possible, which place has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames [places?][ are in the top 5! Or 10!! Or 20!!!
4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google+ post.
I use Family Tree Maker 16. I was unable to learn much information from my lovely family tree program for this task.
First I had to figure out where I could get a list of the locations that appear in my database. Searching through the help index got me nowhere, notwithstanding Randy's suggestion to look for "count places." (My FTM doesn't call them "places"; they are "locations.") So I started working my way through each menu. Under "View" I clicked "Map", which finally gave me something:
According to this minimal information, I have 3,591 different locations, 3,431 of which the program was able to locate. I didn't ask it to check for the other 160 locations, as this computer is not connected to the Internet.
After I clicked OK, the output was 41 pages long. The locations were in alphabetical order based on how they were entered in the program. I would have to go through the entire list and rearrange them manually to learn anything useful.
This is probably the worst disappointment I've had when trying to find informtion in FTM.
If anyone out there knows a more useful way to find this information in Family Tree Maker, I would appreciate learning about it!