Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genealogy Database Statistics

Hey genea-philes - it's Saturday Night!  Time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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 status or Google+ stream comment.

Here's mine:

I use RootsMagic 4 at present for my Genealogy Management Program of choice.  In File > Properties this window popped up:

The information in this window says my current database has:

*  People: 41324
*  Families:  16331
*  Events: 107906
*  Alternate names: 377
*  Places: 4839
*  Sources: 686
*  Citations: 22917
*  Repositories: 65
*  To-do tasks: 4
*  Multimedia items: 9
*  Multimedia links: 8
*  Addresses: 1
*  Correspondence: 0

If I do this in other programs, the process is:

*  Family Tree Maker 16 (and earlier):  Tools > Family File Statistics
*  Family Tree Maker 2008 (and later):  in "Plan" workspace, click "More" button
*  Legacy Family Tree 7: Help > General Information

*  Ancestry Member Tree:  Select your tree, then click on "Tree Pages," and select "Tree Overview."

While I use each of these programs, the only program file that is "up-to-date" is my RootsMagic 4 database.


Nettie said...

Am very glad you are sharing how to do different things with RM. I love the property list, as this helps me clean up dups of events, citations and people.I do the property list after a day of cleaning and working in my database. Have several databases, one is a book only, paternal and maternal line in one database, and then my children's father line in another database.

Enjoyed your talking a WI bout historical society, which is one of my favorite places to do research. I love the stacks. I use their online catalog before going to make sure they have what I am looking for. Have friends who had some interesting stories to tell about WI Dells and other places around Madison, on one of our several research trips.

Karen said...

Legacy Deluxe Edition
Number of Individuals: 24,978
Number of Families: 8,667
Unique Surnames: 4,661
Master Source Entries: 3,034

Was just curious if people with a large number of individuals in their databases are experiencing any problems such as slowdowns, problems uploading large GEDCOMs to websites, etc. I've been debating if splitting is the way to go, or not.

Tamura Jones said...


With large databases the quality differences between applications become readily apparent, but most applications will handle your medium size database just fine.
Many reviews I wrote feature importing a 100k INDI GEDCOM, and it is surprising how many applications fail to import it.
This year, I developed the fan value as a single number indicative of the largest database an application can import, handle and export again.
If you check the table in that article, you'll see that you need an application with fan value 15 or more.

In my personal experience, Legacy has a practical limit of a bit more than a quarter million individuals.
I still have a 32-bit machine to run it on, but it takes hours and eventually fails to import the GEDCOM for my database :-(

- Tamura

Becky Higgins said...

Using FTM 16:
People - 4,483
Marriages - 1,292
Generations - 13
Surnames - 903
Places - 735
Sources - 842
Media - 743

On interesting stat: average lifespan - 62

Thanks for reminding me. I haven't checked my stats for awhile:)

Becky Higgins said...

Oops. I meant I'm using FTM 2011.

Caro said...

Thanks for tonight's challenge, Randy. I found it interesting to compare my statistics in FTM and TNG. I've posted my findings here:

Pamela Wile said...

Using FTM2009:

People: 1845
Marriages: 623
Generations: 11
Surnames: 476

Clearly, I'm volunteering more than I am recording my own research :) Must do something about that!

Carol said...

I did mine on Reflections, here is the link:


Celia Lewis said...

RM4 - My favourite program.
People 8066
Families 2410
Events 15334
Alternate names 326 (many nicknames!)
Places 4218
Citations 10174
Lots to do still!
Cheers, Celia

MNFamilyHistorian said...

My primary family tree is online at
People = 11,922
People with hints = 1385
Photos = 1615
Stories = 153
Records = 29,419
Comments = 21
Audio = 0
Videos = 0

Mel said...

I've blogged my results:

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for the mission. Here is mine:

Liz said...

Here's mine, Randy:

Ginger Smith said...

Hi Randy, I use RootsMagic as well and have the following:
People: 8561
Families: 2795
Events: 17603
Alternate Names: 61
Places: 1711
Sources: 1397
Citations: 22644
Repositories: 67
To do Tasks: 50
Multimedia Items: 2
Multimedia links: 1
Addresses: 11
Correspondence: 17
And posted to my Genealogy By Ginger Blog

Jen Smart said...

Here's my post. Thanks for tonight's challenge!

Julie said...

Using Legacy 7.5
You can find mine at

Unknown said...

Thanks, Randy.
I needed this check on my progress between TNG (last upload, May 2011) and RootsMagic 4 (current). My blog post is at

GeniAus said...

I've finally risen to one of your challenges due to a quiet Sunday downunder.

I've enjoyed reading the comments and blog posts. Thanls all.

Here is the link to my blog post:

Andrew Kemp said...

Hi Randy,

I use RM4 as my DGP for the KEMP one-name study and publish online using TNG (

* People: 91380
* Families: 29076
* Events: 124258
* Alternate names: 1387
* Places: 13950
* Sources: 2020
* Citations: 264613
* Repositories: 48
* To-do tasks: 216
* Multimedia items: 382
* Multimedia links: 439
* Addresses: 126
* Correspondence: 15

Celtic Tree said...

I use Ancestry's online tree as my main Genealogy Management Program. I have 5 trees:
My father's (Irish side)
People: 4120
Photos: 3136
Stories: 805
Records: 6711
Comments: 139

My mother's maternal line:
People: 5157
Photos: 1193
Stories: 403
Records: 6820
Comments: 149

My mother's paternal line:
People: 3615
Photos: 2322
Stories: 330
Records: 4150
Comments: 142

My son's father's line:
People: 3723
Photos: 726
Stories: 373
Records: 2797
Comments: 33

My husband's tree:
People: 3246
Photos: 1243
Stories: 197
Records: 2655
Comments: 108

Elizabeth Handler said...

A little late, but you can see my post at From Maine to Kentucky.

Fax said...

The Master Genealogist produces the following report when I click File\Project Summary:

Project Summary

The Project Summary topic in the File menu gives you statistical information about your current project. You can use the Filter to look at all data sets in the project, or at each data set individually.

Data type Records Avg/Person
People 4105 ----
Names 5883 1.43
Events 8909 2.17
Witnesses 11292 2.75
Places 1436 0.35
Relationships 4976 1.21
Citations 15121 3.68
Sources 350 1.10
Repository Links 77 1.02
Repositories 23 0.01
Exhibits 31 0.01
Research Tasks 235 0.06
Timeline Locks 20 0
Tag Types 332 0.08
Source Elements 148 0.04
DNA Fingerprints 18 ----

Bill West said...

I posted mine last night at

Reba Mc said...

I use Family Tree Maker 2011 and following are the statistics:
people - 5279
marriages - 1315
file size - 36,550 KB
generations - 22
surnames - 1062
avg lifespan - 61.4
earliest birth - 1320
most recent birth - 2009
places - 3048
sources - 170 (way too low)
media (717) mostly census pictures

My tree:
5645 people
311 photos
274 stories
2518 records

Anonymous said...

I use TMG:
People: 5594
Events: 14902
Witnesses: 22168
Places: 1274
Sources: 1051
Citations: 18362
Repositories: 138
Multimedia items: 12

Lauri said...

I only wish FTM could easily show me the number of sources. It just shows source groups.

Lauri said...

Good exercise. I figured out how to get the number of sources, just by changing to All citations on the Source screen. It will be interesting to see what the stats look like in a year.