For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:
1) Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree? How are you doing? How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree? What is the sources to persons ratio?
2) Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for? How many? How did you figure this out?
3) Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post. Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.
1) I'm trying! I'm not nearly done. I'm almost obsessive now...I've been adding source citations almost every day based on new research, on MyHeritage Record Matches, on Ancestry green leaf Hints, etc., all for persons and events that are in my database without a source citation (due to slacking off for many years). I'm also trying to "improve" existing source citations when I find them by adding better citation details.
At present, my RootsMagic 7 database statistics file says that I have 60,966 source citations in 1,158 master sources, and there are 44,670 persons in this tree. My source/person ratio is 1.3648.
2) I think that Find A Grave is the master source in my database that has the most individuals and source citations. I found this out by:
* In RootsMagic 7, I created a Source List report (selecting Reports > All reports > Source list > select "Print all sources in database sorted by source name") and browsed the list. The list for all 1,158 master sources was 1,966 pages long.
The number of citations for some of the master sources were:
** Find A Grave: 13,100 (21.4% of the total)** Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915: 2,721
** Social Security Death Index: 2,302
** Vermont Vital Record Cards: 1,312
** 1930 U.S. Census: 1,200** California Death Index: 999
** 1940 U.S. Census: 967** Medfield, Mass. Vital Record book: 814
** Roxbury, Mass. Vital Record book: 739
** World War I Draft Registrations: 715
** Woburn, Mass. Vital Record book: 697
** Concord, Mass. Vital Record book: 681
** Dedham, Mass. Vital Record book: 536** 1900 U.S. Census: 515
3) I expected to find a better statistics report in this report that listed the master sources with the number of individuals and citations, and in numerical order.
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