Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Many Trees or Bushes Are in Your Family Tree Database?

Hmm, I don't think I'm doing very well with this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Randy Seaver.

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along; cue the Mission:  Impossible! music!):

(1) Almost all of us have genealogy software that we use to manage our research and our family tree.  Some researchers use only an online family tree.  What do you use?

(2) For this week's SNGF, tell us how many "trees" (or "bushes") you have in your genealogy management program database.  How did you figure it out?  Also, where do you have online trees?

(3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  
Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

1.  Well, I am still stuck using Reunion for Mac for my desktop family tree program, not yet having been able to reinstall Family Tree Maker.

2.  I have not yet mastered Reunion, and I can't find anything that tells me how many trees I have in the program.  As far as I know, I have only one, as I don't believe I have any disconnected individuals in the database.  So I figured that out by guessing.  If anyone can advise me on how to find the information in the program, I would appreciate it!

Using the List > Index function, I was able to tell that I have 9,052 people in my Reunion database.  That's not all the people I had in my Family Tree Maker database before it crashed.  The most recent back-up I had when that crash happened was only a couple of weeks old, but I had done a tremendous amount of data entry during those couple of weeks, and none of the new work was backed up.  I don't know how much work was actually lost.

While looking through the commands, I discovered that my Reunion has a tutorial, so maybe I should run through that and learn more about the program, seeing as how I think it will still be a while before I have FTM back.

I have no trees online at any sites.


  1. There are probably lots of tutorials on YouTube, too, to help you with Reunion. There might even be a user group to join. Like you, only one tree. I tend to add people only when I know they belong.

    1. I guess that's one of the benefits of SNGF, isn't it? Pointing out what I need to work on, even if it's knowing how to use my program better!

  2. It sounds like you follow Lisa's and my approach with one or two trees. I can't offer any tips for Reunion since I'm not a Mac person, but Lisa's suggestion to check out YouTube is a good one. Seems everything can be found there nowadays.

    1. One of the biggest problems with having more than one file/online upload of your regular tree is version control. I hate it when different places have different info!

      Between the in-program tutorial and YouTube, I'm sure I can find enough info to run the program better. I'm also sure my procrastination is because I would rather be using my Family Tree Maker . . . .


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