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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.



Week 52: Advice
March 3, 2012, 9:32 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 52. Advice. Do you have any advice for future generations who may be researching your family? For example, was there a name change or a significant relocation in your past? This is intended to be a very flexible question. Answer it any way you wish.

Thank You:

First I would like to thank Amy Coffin for putting together this series of prompts for the year. The prompts allowed me to start my personal history to share with my family.  This will gives my children and grandchildren some of my stories.  I know I am finishing this late, but it is more important to finish, than end on time.  I hope to be able to pull these together in a hard copy for my grandchildren. Again thanks for all the ideas.


1.  Remember this is a journey & journeys, don’t always take a straight path.  Sometimes there are detours and back tracking, it may take you down unexpected pathways or wide open highways.  Also there will be roadblocks (brickwalls) that seem impossible to get around. Then all of a sudden the roadblock is gone, and a new one is in its place.

2. Remember that genealogy is never ending.  There are ancestors and descendants, with new information being discovered along the way.  Your family comes from both your sides and all of these are a part of you.

3.  Make goals. I have so many things I want to accomplish that I get side tracked.  I need to select about 3 goals and make them my priority for this year. Last year I worked on my Genealogy Blog, I also completed making a digital copy of 34 years of the Langston Newsletter, getting it ready for others to use.

For 2012

1.  To continue with my blog, Using ideas from Amy Coffins’s The Big Genealogy Blog Book and alsoTo Our Children’s Children by Bob Greene and D. G. Fulford.

2.  To go to cemeteries to take pictures for Find a Grave

3.  To make a copy of my years blog into a book,

Of course continue my research for my VOSS, SANDERS, GROSSMAN , and RICE families.



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