Monday, December 2, 2013

First Look at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - Post 3: Family File Statistics

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 7.0 - I'm going to highlight things I find as I work through the program screens.

Today, it's the Family File Statistics.  I saw a preview of this on the Legacy Family Tree cruise, and really looked forward to testing it out.

1)  From ant View page, click on the "Tools" menu item and then the "Statistics" button:

The program paused for quite a few seconds (perhaps 10 or 20?) and then the "Family File Statistics" window opened, and the user can then see lots of interesting and probably useful statistics:

2)  At the top of the list above is:

*  Individual Statistics
*  Births by Era
*  Longest Living Individuals

The next set is:

In the screen above:

*  Longest Lifespan of Individuals (by century)
*  Longest Lifespan by Gender
*  Marriage Statistics

The next set of information:

*  Marriage Counts by Century
*  Longest Marriages by Century
*  Average Marriage Length by Century

Further down:

I stopped adding screen captures here...

Much further down are the Surname Statistics:

Skipping over some...we get to the end:

The Location Statistics are interesting!  

This is the most comprehensive list of family file statistics I've seen in any genealogy software program.  

When I first ran this, the list indicated that I had some errors in my database - I had one man in the database who had lived 1744 years (because I had left out a number in the birth date, had the year 102 instead of 1802!).  I fixed quite a few errors before I showed this to you.  

There is, of course, a "Potential Problem Report" that I'll show in a future post.  i'm embarrassed to show it to you now!

It's impossible to know how accurate the numbers for the averages are in my database (or in anybody's database).  Look at the average lifespan numbers - it's 44 for the 17th century, 35 years for the 18th century, 32 years for the 19th century, and 28 years for the 20th century.  I think the numbers are skewed by the number of persons I have with both a birth and death date.  The same thing happens with Average Marriage Length - the database summary says 31 years, but the ones listed by century have a maximum of 21 years.  Unless every entry in the database has both a birth and death year, and a marriage year, the averages are meaningless and are representative of the specific database and not society as a whole.

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