Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Trees in Your Database?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


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

1) How many different "trees" do you have in your genealogy management program (i.e., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, reunion, etc.) or online tree (e.g. Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage tree)?

2)  How many trees do you have, and how big is your biggest tree?  Do you have some smaller "bushes" or "twigs?"

3)  Tell us in your own blog post (please leave a link in Comments here), in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

Here's mine:

In RootsMagic 7, there is a "Count Trees" link in the "Tools" menu.  I clicked that and saw the top of the list:

At the end of the list:

I have 156 separate "trees" or "bushes" or "twigs" in my RootsMagic database.

The largest "tree" is my family tree with all of my ancestral families, the ancestral families of my wife, the ancestral families of my grandchildren, and descendants of my ancestors that I have collected over 29 years.  There are 42,453 persons in that very large tree.

On the other end, I have 11 "twigs" with just one person in them for some reason, including a duplicate of myself!  

Some of the other "bushes" are for different Seaver/Sever lines, families that I have been unable to hook into my big tree, etc.  Some of the small trees are Seaver folks for whom I've found no parents and I need to work on those a bit.  Some appear to be errors.

I need to prune some of these twigs - either delete them or merge them into one of the bigger trees.


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Shirley Ann Rankin said...

Hi Randy,

I have 31 trees on I don't use all of them regularly. One of my lines is for an adoptee who has no knowledge of his ancestry, except for the hints on AncestryDNA. The size of the tree doesn't really matter. What I am looking for is connections to relatives. Our closest connection are second and third cousins.

Lois Willis said...

Here's my post about the number of trees in my database

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Trees in Your Database?

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

I think I am not on task this week but this is what I did:

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my contribution to the discussion:

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Randy and Shirley Ann - both of you have a lot of trees. I think it is interesting you work other lines in your software programs. I have never done that. I keep the info one lines I wonder if are connected but do not create a tree for it.

Suzanne McClendon said...

Here is my post for this week:
PS Annie 2.

Have a blessed day!

Nancy Ward Remling said...

I have one tree. I tell why it makes my head spin and would yours also, to try to separate my parents trees or my husband's out from the others!

Shannon Thomas said...

You can find my post at