Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Which Master Source Has the Most Citations?

It’s Saturday, so we know that it is time again for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?

First, I have to admit that I have few source citations entered at this point in my family tree because I purposely chose to strip them all out and get a clean start. The people are all in my two trees (my husband’s and mine), but I am slowing moving along renaming all the images and then reattaching them to the appropriate people. I’m also adding tags, which I didn’t do regularly when I switched from FTM to RootsMagic.

There are about 15,000 people total in my two trees, fairly evenly split between my husband and me. I also have close to 15,000 images, as all my documents and photos have been digitized (with originals in archival albums).

I can only guess at this point which master source will have the most citations. I think it is probably the 1900 census since 2X greats, greats and three of four grandparents were all living in 1900. (The fourth, my grandmother, missed 1900 by two months, as she was born in February 1901.)

However, since Randy presented us with this topic this week, I have to give him a huge shout out. Back in January 2016, when I was ready to throw my computer out the window as I pulled my hair out trying to figure out the naming business of master sources in RootsMagic, Randy came to my rescue and wrote not one, but SEVEN, terrific posts on how to use the RootsMagic source citation system. I have the RootsMagic book, but the directions in there for naming sources were about as clear as mud. Here is the link for the first of those posts on 12 January 2016:

Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 – Post 1: New Master Source

The other six posts can be found in Randy’s posts during that week. I printed out each and every one of them – in color – and have them in a notebook. I still go back and read them to remind myself how to enter information.

I also shared those posts with some of my genea-friends who also use RootsMagic.

This post is a bit off-topic because I didn’t really answer Randy’s questions. However, I am working on those source citations and he gets a big THANK YOU from me for his help.


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