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SNGF – Surnames in data base
March 10, 2012, 3:44 pm
Filed under: SNGF

It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1)  Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2)  Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3)  Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!  Or 10!

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

I am using Reunion 9 for Mac.  I went to List>Last Name>All People

This gave me a chart with the Number of Last Names, with Useage (number with that name), Earliest Date (Birth Date) and Living.  I sorted by Last Name which gave the me the following 10 names.

Last Name # of Names Earliest Birthdate Latest Birthdate
LANGSTON 181 1575 1944
SANDERS 150 1801 2006
GROSSMAN 138 1715 1948
WHITFIELD 90 ABT 1710 1955
VOSS 64 1779 ABT 1955
RICE 49 1801 ABT 1986
HIVELY 47 1832 ABT 1940
DUNCAN 27 ABT 1670 ABT 1890
DEWITT 26 1883 1999
WAYLAND 26 1859 1929

I did not include living as I am quite sure I have a number of Birthdates with out a date of death, not sure if they are still living or not.  Then I went to the Index and selected all the people without a Last Name, there were 88 selected,  with dates from 1555-1810. I was able to sort this list to get the information . This would be #5 in the list, I think if I put LNU in the last name field, then it would have come up in first list.  Something to think about.  Obviously I don’t have the numbers Randy has but this has given a perspective on the most frequent names on my family tree.

Randy commented on First names with out last names.  I have 5 Ann, Anne, or Anna’s, and 3 Elizabeth’s.  There are 2 each of Geneva, Lisa, Margaret, Marsha, Matilda Mildred, and Nancy.

It would be interesting to see what the most frequent first name use, Male and Female. But at this point I don’t see a quick and easy way to determine this information.

 



Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Genea-Wish List
April 23, 2011, 8:26 pm
Filed under: SNGF

Thanks to Randy Seavers from Genea-Musing for putting out this challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- Genea-Wish List.

Here is my Wish List

1.  I wish I knew when I started what I know now, so I would not have to go back and keep adding pieces I missed because I didn’t know I needed them. I wish everyone would document, and use some judgement on whether the information fits.  i.e. parents born after the children, or a 10/11 year old mother, just because it is on the Internet doesn’t make it true.

2.  I wish I had unlimited funds and time to travel to all of the locations to search for data, and also money to pay for all of the  copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates and other documents to help with finding out more about the family. Internet is wonderful, but not all of the answers are there.

3. I wish someone could tell me what happened to William VOSS, my great-grandfather from Germany.  I believe he died about 1868, as his wife Mary (Marie) FLAGEL remarried a John RUTSCHOW about 1869 (from Census Records), and brought her 2 young sons to the United States.  Did she & John Rutschow marry before or after they immigrated? It has only been in the last two years that I found out the name of my great-grandfather.

4.  I wish life would not keep interrupting with my time to work on genealogy.



SNGF – How many surnames
March 26, 2011, 8:49 pm
Filed under: SNGF

Randy Seavers: Genea-Musing has put out this challenge for this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2) Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3) Tell us how many surnames, and if possible, which Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!

4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

As a beginning genealogist, I don’t have tens of thousands of names, I have enough trouble keeping up with the names I do have. But I though this would be fun to see where I do stand. I use Reunion 9, having been an Apple user from way-way back.

I first went to my Index-it tells me how many names I have in my tree. I have 2,143 names in my tree. It took a few minutes to find the report to tell me about the last names, but it was under list, and Last Name: All people. I nice chart came up listing name, useage, earliest date, and living. Above the chart it gave me the number of unique last names – 539.

From this I reversed the order, and found the top ten names.

LANGSTON – 171 persons, from1575-1943
SANDERS – 162 persons, from 1765-2006
GROSSMAN – 115 persons, from 1715-2006
WHITFIELD – 89 persons, from 1730-1948
RICE – 50 persons, from 1801-1945
VOSS – 44 persons, from1836-1998
HIVELY – 44 persons, from 1832-1926
DEWITT – 26 persons, from 1883-1953
WEISLEDER – 24 persons, from 1820-1928
WAYLAND – 24 persons, from 1859-1928

Did have to go to the index, and put in just the last name and then see who was the newest member of the group. But that wasn’t hard to do. I sorted the Index by last name and all of the blanks came up first. I have 5 Ann, Anne, Anna, or Annie’s with out a last name, 3 Elizabeth, 3 Margaret, 2 each of Debbie , Geneva, Mary, Mildred and Matilda.

I did have 94 UNL, 7 UNF. So every family tree will have them. Also a lot of blank dates.

Enjoyed this little exercise, it came as a break from the writing I have been doing, and trying to be sure I have everything cited.

Of course I am continually adding new names, to the list, so try this again in year and see how I have grown.




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