Wednesday, January 1, 2014


The idea of family statistics was presented by another blogger, Randy Seaver, on his

He kept a record of what his database statistics were at the end of 2012 and then ran them yesterday and compared the numbers.

What a GREAT idea!  I encourage all of you to do the same.  That is a wonderful bench mark to let us know how our research is progressing.

Not so much just to see how many more people are in our database, but more to let you know if you entered more citations or master sources during the year.  I just ran this report in Legacy with a couple of clicks of my mouse.

I am using Legacy 8 now so here is what I did.

I clicked on the “HELP” tab, then clicked on “About Legacy.”

about legacy

This is what will pop up on your screen. 
Now click on the word “General.”

You will see this report come up and it will look like this.  Your report should have your customer number in the upper right, but I have redacted mine for privacy purposes.

about legacy - stat screen

That’s all there is to it.  Pretty easy huh?  I’m sure you can do the same thing with whatever database you are using, Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist, Roots Magic, Reunion or any of the others.

This report tells me that my citations per person are 222.3%.  
My thanks to Randy Seaver for his comment about my math (see comment section).  Now at least that figure is correct.   

  • How does that compare to your percentage?  
  • What can you do to improve your percentage? 
  • My goal by the end of this year is to add more event addresses and make better use of the to-do list.

I have never been about collecting names, although it’s a natural course of events as you continue your research.  I remember my excitement when I hit 1,000 people a few years ago.

Now, go run that report and save a copy.  I’ll do the same and we’ll compare notes at the end of the year.  

What is the one thing that we might not want to take the time to do, but which is the most important thing we can do in our research.  


Happy Hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright © 2014   Diane Gould Hall


  1. Your citations per individual are 9060/4075 = 222.3%, not 44.9%. That's pretty good. 3791 media items and 11999 media links for 4075 persons is also really high. Well done!

    It will be interesting to see how much you add in a year.

    1. Randy - I just had to laugh out loud. One thing I've never claimed is to be good at math. I thought that by using your examples, I had figured it out. Hahaha! Obviously not. Guess I'll keep my day job. Oh, wait, that's right I'm retired.
      I'll make the correction to my post before someone else points out my sloppy math. I totally appreciate you pointing that out and thanks for the compliment. I actually work very hard on citing my sources, so that low number did surprise me.
      Sincere thanks,


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