Sunday, January 1, 2017

TIME FOR MY YEARLY PROGRESS REPORT ~ FAMILY STATISTICS FOR 2016–How Have I Done?

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This is a topic first shared by Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog several years ago.  I enjoy seeing my progress for the year, so I’ve taken a look at these numbers for the last 4 years.
 
I can generate this information in Legacy 8 by selecting the “About Legacy” icon and then clicking on General.
 
HERE IS THE REPORT FROM 2015
 



Have I made progress in my research?
  • Have I added more people/individuals?
  • Do I have more Master Sources?
  • How about my source citations, more or not?
  • How does my percentage of citations compare to last year?


THIS IS MY REPORT FROM 2016 (created on 12/31/2016) – the build date refers to the date of the last update to my Legacy program.

























I see an increase in almost every number, so that’s good news.
 
One of the statistics I’m always interested in is my Citations.  We all know how important it is to cite our sources. Have mine increased from last year to this year?  What is my percentage?  Last year my percentage rate was 225.9”% per person.
 
To get the number for this year,  I divide the Citations by the Number of Individuals – 11492 divided by 5060.
 
That gives me a percentage rate, per person of 227.1%.  That’s an increase of +1.2% from last year.  This means I continue to cite my sources and have improved over last year.  However, I’d like to see an even bigger improvement.  Because, between you and me, I’ve been a little bit lazy when it comes to entering my sources this year.
 
With an increase of 264 people in my database, I should be doing better.
 

Let’s take a look at the other numbers compared to last year.

2015 2016
CHANGE
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS 4796 5060
264
NUMBER OF FAMILIES 1681 1784
103
UNIQUE SURNAMES 1223 1297
  74
MASTER SOURCES 703 738
  35
CITATIONS 10834 11492
658
MASTER EVENTS 4861 5591
730

I’m happy with what I see.  I’ve added .72 individuals per day, 1.8 citations per day and 2 events per day.
 
My primary goal has never been to see how many people I can have in my tree.  I’ve been researching for 13 years.  Since I’ve been retired these past seven years, I research almost daily.  My primary concern is to document what I find and do thorough work, while growing the tree.  These results prove to me that I am meeting those goals.
 
DO YOU HAVE GOALS FOR 2016?
If so, what are they?
  • Better sourcing
  • Finding more ancestors and adding them to your tree?
  • Going back to review the family members you added long ago?
Whatever they are, I wish you a successful year.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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6 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Diane. Wishing you lots of new keys (documents) to open the doors in your brick walls. ~ Cathy

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    1. Same to you Cathy. It's what we all hope for.

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  2. Almost two citations a day doesn't seem lazy to me! Good luck with your research this year, I look forward to reading all about it.

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    1. Thanks Anna. I thought about that too. It doesn't seem that lazy, but when I consider the number of events and pieces of information I add to my database, I know I could be better. If I don't enter an actual source citation, the very least I do is enter a note as to where the information came from, in a quick sentence.
      Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your research too.

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  3. Happy New Year, Diane. Great job this year! Thanks for all your guidance and your friendship. Looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Thanks Debby. We've had a fun year haven't we? I look forward to more adventures with you this coming year.

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