Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 YEAR END FAMILY TREE PROGRESS REPORT ~ By the numbers–A comparison of the past 6 years of my research

As a year and a decade draw to a close, how has my family tree changed?
I began writing my blog in 2010, but it languished until I got serious in 2013.  It wasn’t until the end of 2014 that I began looking at the statistics and charting my progress
Our ultimate goal is to find ancestors.  It’s never about how many people we can add to our tree, but more about being sure we have done our work in verifying and sourcing.  We never want to leave false information for our descendants.

However, that being said, we can look at various statistics and come to a conclusion about whether we are doing our work well.

Let’s take a quick look at a comparison of my statistics from year end 2014 and year end 2019.  This will cover 6 years of research: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
2014 and 2019
What I can see from the comparison of my Legacy database over 6 years are the following changes.

I’m pleased with my progress.  I’m not just willy nilly adding people to my database, but slowly growing my tree by about 363 people per year.  My source list is fairly steady, as I’ve created many Master Sources and rarely have to add to my list.  I’m pleased to see that I’m adding Events on a regular basis.  This means I’m adding to a person or family story by creating events based on census records, city directories, obituaries, military information etc. 
  • How have you done over the past few years or even the past year? 
  • Are you happy with your progress? 
  • What would you like to accomplish this next year?
  • Continue to blog about our family and share their stories
  • To once and for all break down my two biggest, long standing brick walls
  • To become better at reading DNA results and connecting the dots
  • To have a great time at Rootstech 2020 in February
  • To continue to occasionally teach classes and help others grow their family tree
  • To finish the small box of scanning that’s been in my office for several years
  • To continue to enjoy what started as a hobby and has now become a passion for me
Here’s to a year full of genealogical breakthroughs and fun!

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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  1. Hi Diane, Happy New Year. I hope 2020 brings you definitive acceptance into The Mayflower Society and that you have a ball at the 400th year events to be held this year. Warm regards, Carolyn Lancaster.

    1. Happy New Year to you as well. I sure hope and pray that I can be accepted into the Society this year. Won’t that be fun. I have been attending local colony events for a year now, with my friends who are already members. I long to get a "real" name badge and stand as they do the roll call.
      Thanks for stopping by. .


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