Saturday, November 27, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Genealogy Database Statistics

I am far behind on my regular family tree event posts, but I found some time this evening to look at the statistics in my family tree program for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music), is: 

(1) If you have your family tree research in a genealogy management program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database.  (Hint:  The Help button is your friend!)

(2) Tell us which GMP you use and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook comment.

NOTE:  We last did this in August 2017.

This is the first time I remember Randy including information about the last time we had done a topic, and I'm so glad he did.  I was able to quickly find the pertinent SNGF post from August 2017, and it even had a link to the previous year's post on the same topic.  So now I can do some comparisons.

I'm also happy Randy mentioned how to find the information in programs other than Roots Magic, because, yeah, I had forgotten where to look again.  Thanks, Randy!

This time around I am using Family Tree Maker 2019.  At some point after August 2017 my computer crashed, taking Family Tree Maker version 16 with it.  I was hobbling along using Reunion, but not only had it not imported everything from the GEDCOM (which I had expected), I never really warmed up to its interface.  And then I won a free copy of FTM 2019, yay!  So I installed that, and I've been reasonably happy since (although I still like version 16 better).

Anyway, here is the sreenshot when I follow Randy's instructions by going to Plan and clicking More:

Comparing 2017 to 2021:

• 2017:  6,940 kb
• 2021:  11,540 kb
• Increase of 4,600 kb

Total Number of Individuals
• 2017:  7,971
• 2021:  10,111
• Increase of 2,140 individuals

Total Number of Marriages
• 2017:  2,659
• 2021:  3,572
• Increase of 913 marriages

Average Lifespan
• 2017:  57 years 7 months
• 2021:  60.8, which equals 60 years 9.6 months
• Increase of 3 years 2.6 months

Earliest Birth
• 2017:  1540, Ebert Mack (from my adoptive Sellers line)
• 2021:  1540, Ebert Mack
• The same!

Text Records
• 2017:  73,002
• 2021:  not given (which is okay, because I never figured out what it was)

Total Number of Generations
• 2017:  18
• 2021:  15
• Decrease of 3 generations

Total Number of Different Surnames
• 2017:  2,003
• 2021:  2,815
• Increase of 812 surnames

My database in 2021 has additional statistics not reported in this manner in 2017, due to the change in my version of Family Tree Maker:
• Most Recent Birth Date
• Facts
• Places
• Sources
• Templates Used
• Citations
• Media

The one thing I don't understand is how my number of generations went down from 18 to 15.  I still have the Sellers/Mack lines in the database, so I'm very confused.  They didn't change the way they count generations, did they?  Maybe I'll send a question to MacKiev about it.


  1. Like me, you've used 0 templates. Now that RM8 is out, I need to make a real effort in 2022 to use the source citation templates.

    1. I tend to shy away from templates. There's always something in them that I'm less than satisfied with, so I usually build from scratch.


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