So, what has changed in the past three years 2015, 2016 and 2017? Let’s find out.
This is a topic that was first shared on Randy Seaver’s blog Genea-Musings. It’s all about the statistics or numbers in your database.
If you use Legacy you can read my post from January 2014 about how to find your statistics. The method has not changed. Click here http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2014/01/how-to-find-your-family-statistics-in.html
One of the things I am interested in is how am I doing on my source citations? Am I still consistently citing sources? Or have I slacked off?
To accomplish this I divide the number of Citations by the Number of Individuals and come up with a percentage.
I have the previous numbers from the 2014 report and they are here.
Dividing 9719 by 4363 I come up with 222.75% citations per person. That’s a very good number and means that for many people in my database I have more than one citation. I’m sure for some people I don’t have any, but that’s a subject for another time.
Now let’s compare that to the end of the year report for 2017.
Since I did not run this report for 2015 or 2016, it will be interesting to see how the numbers have changed over a three year period.
These numbers tell me that I’ve made good progress over the past three years. First let’s look at the statistic for percentage of citations per individual. Dividing 11960 by 5374 we get 222.55% citations per person. That’s so very close to the number back at the end of 2014. Only a difference of – .2%.
What that tells me is that I haven’t been slacking off when it comes to citing my sources. I’ve continued at a steady pace.
Now let’s look at the rest of the numbers. How have I progressed in three years?
Looks like I’ve made good progress in all areas. Even if we divide the “difference” totals by 3 (for the number of years represented), I’m still happy with my progress.
How do you keep track of your progress? For me, it’s not just about the number of new people I’ve added because that’s always going to go up. But, those other statistics that tell me I’m continuing to build my tree – more unique surnames, more master locations, more master sources.
This just means I have more ancestors to write about and a whole lot more cousins to find.
Here’s to a productive 2018 for every one of us. Whatever our goals are.
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