Friday, December 6, 2013

First Look at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - Post 6: The Migration Report

Rather than do a comprehensive look step-by-step at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - I did that for Version 7.0, and 8.0 is an improvement on Version 7.0 - I'm going to highlight things I find as I work through the program screens.

Today, it's the "Migration Report."  I saw a preview of this on the Legacy Family Tree cruise, and wanted to check this out for some of my ancestors.

The "Help" information for this report says that the locations found are the birth location for the persons in the report.

1)  From any "View" screen for the selected person, click on the "Reports" menu item, and then the "Other Reports" button and select the "Migration Report:"

I chose Robert Seaver (1608-1683) as the starting person for this report.  How many descendants do I have in my database, and where did they migrate to?

2)  The "Migration" dialog box opens, and I can choose the number of generations to show, plus some other selections using check boxes:

I chose 6 generations, to "include starting person and all descendants;" to "Include location list and bar chart;" and to "Go down to the state level" and "Show State flag."

3)  The report took several minutes to generate, but when it did, I saw the two-page text report for "Descendant Migration for Robert Seaver" for six more generations on the first page:

The bar chart showing descendants of Robert Seaver (1608-1683) through 6 more generations is:

Through 6 generations, I have 1,033 descendants of Robert Seaver (1608-1683), and 67.9% of them were born in Massachusetts, 13.4% in Vermont, 8.6% in New Hampshire, 5.2% in New York, etc.

4)  I was particularly interested in 12 generations of descendants of Robert Seaver (1608-1683).  I'm in the 11th generation, so this includes my children. Here is the text chart:

And the bar chart for 12 generations:

There is another page with the continuation of the chart.

There are 3,342 descendants of Robert Seaver (1608-1683) in 12 generations in my database.  Only 39.6% were born in Massachusetts, 15.3% in Vermont, 15.3% in New York, 10.3% in New Hampshire, 2.9% in Wisconsin, 1.5% in California, etc.

5)  This is a very useful and informative report!  I've always wondered how Seaver descendants spread out, and this report tells me.  

However, a report like this really only "works" if the researcher has made a concerted effort to find all descendants of the starting person.  I've tried to do this with Seaver, Carringer, Auble, Vaux and several other surnames, but I'm lacking many persons born in the last 70 years of the 20th century and later.  

I know that I've not identified or connected all descendants of Robert Seaver over the past 400 years because of lack of records or lack of information.  For instance, I haven't followed descendants of Seaver daughters more than one generation in most cases.  These issues make the list and chart inaccurate.  But it is still interesting!

An even more interesting report (to me, at least!) might be a table that lists the countries or states with descendants in 25 or 50 year increments.

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