Cleaning up the tree!

After finding out I had over 1,400 “issues, I’ve spent about 6 hours so far “cleaning” up my tree and have only eliminated about 60 from my list.  (I didn’t count – it was 2 pages worth.)  It has also caused the addition of about 30 people to my tree (those darn census records!)

Things I’ve discovered during that 6ish hours:
1) expect to spend time not just fixing the issue but looking at the hints on Ancestry.
2) those darn hints are addictive, especially when they link to real documents that you just have to look at and confirm they are really for that person.
3) most of my “errors” are duplicate entries for residence, birth, name, and death.
4) when a cousin sent me a copy of the family association tree, merging created MANY of those errors – for some reason the information was added to the existing people instead of merged.
5) I may be at fault for the duplications – I’m sure my thinking was “I want to verify the documents instead of assuming they are correct.”
6) I must have been crazy that day!!  Yet I would rather have to do this cleanup that to find I have true errors that aren’t as easily fixed.

7) I envy those with just a few errors!!

 

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Genealogy Database Problem Report

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Genealogy Database Problem Report

 It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Is your genealogy software family tree database perfect?  With no errors or inconsistencies?  Yep, mine isn’t either!  Big time.  With over 49,000 persons there are bound to be some errors in my tree.  Even 1% would be 490 persons or 1,500 events!

2)  This week, find your genealogy software’s “Problem Report” or something similar.  Tell us how you found it, and what it tells you about the problems in your family tree database.

3)  Share your results with us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

So here’s mine:
1) I’m hoping for less than 10% of my tree to have errors.  My tree has 21,389 people so 10% would be 2,139 – yep, I’m rounding properly!!
2) To gather this information using Family Tree Maker 2017:
  • go to Publish, Collection, Person Report, Data Errors Report, Create Reportcapture 1_LI
  • Click All Individuals, then Errors to Include  Capture 2_LI
  • A pop-up screen will show all the possible errors the program will look for.  Here is the before and after pop-up for mine.   Capture 3
  • The first report took several minutes to generate – that can’t be a good sign!  It generated 265 pages – I’m not even going to try to count the number of people!  As you can see, most are missing birth date and missing marriage date.Capture 5
  • I ran the report again after  I removed Name Contains Nickname, Name Contains Title, Name Contains Invalid Characters, Name Contains Misplaced Dash, Birth Date missing, Person does not have a preferred spouse set, Person does not have a preferred parent set, and Burial Date before Death Date. Capture 6
  • This report generated 141 pages.  Better but I’m still not going to count them all!Capture 7
  • Then I ran it to remove marriage date is missing.  Now I’m down to 49 pages.  So looking at Leta Violet AGEE, the report says a possible duplicate event: Name.  What the heck does that mean?  Is there another person with the same name? Did her name somehow get entered twice ??  She is now going to be my first research question today!  PROBLEM ANSWERED!  Evidently when I merged 2 trees, it put the same information in twice for her!Capture 8
  • I counted the individuals on the first 12 pages and got 364 individuals; 48 pages + 3 on page 49 would be approximately 1,459 individuals with errors.  That is about 6.8%.  Now I have something to do hahaha

Grandma’s Photo Album #3

Here’s the next picture in the photo album.  This one has no identifying marks on front or back.

The photo album belonged to my great-grandmother Lottie Smith Fetherkile.  We found it while cleaning out my great-grandfather’s house after his death.  Grandma Lottie died in 1926 so we know all were taken before this date.  I figure if I put them out there, maybe someone will recognize a relative and let me know who it is.

Anyone have a guess as to approximate date???

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Grandma’s Photo Album #2

Here’s the next picture in the photo album.  This one is marked “Fellows” Vinton, Iowa.

I know that Vinton is a town west of Urbana – most likely the nearest photographer at the time.

The photo album belonged to my great-grandmother Lottie Smith Fetherkile.  We found it while cleaning out my great-grandfather’s house after his death.  Grandma Lottie died in 1926 so we know all were taken before this date.  I figure if I put them out there, maybe someone will recognize a relative and let me know who it is.

Anyone have a guess as to approximate date???

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Lottie Smith married Harry Fetherkile in 1905.  Lottie was born in Goodland, Indiana.  The family lived in Kendall County, Illinois and then Maricopa, Arizona.  Her family moved to Urbana, Iowa by 1900.  After her marriage, they lived in Urbana, Iowa until her death.

Grandma’s Photo Album

My great-grandmother Lottie Smith Fetherkile had this photo album.  We found it while cleaning out my great-grandfather’s house after his death.  Grandma Lottie died in 1926 so we know all were taken before this date.

Anyone have a guess as to approximate date???

Grandma Helen was unable to identify anyone in these pictures.  I figure if I put them out there, maybe someone will recognize a relative and let me know who it is.

Lottie Smith married Harry Fetherkile in 1905.  Lottie was born in Goodland, Indiana.  The family lived in Kendall County, Illinois and then Maricopa, Arizona.  Her family moved to Urbana, Iowa by 1900.  After her marriage, they lived in Urbana, Iowa until her death.

Here’s the first picture, no identifying information is found.

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Slave Roll Name Project – Sampson [Hasket]

The Slave Name Roll Project goal is to recognize slaves mentioned in various documents with the ultimate goal of helping African-American genealogy researchers break through brick walls they encounter before the 1870 census.

The information they gather is:

  1. Name of the enslaved (usually only a given name)
  2. Name of the slave owner
  3. Source of the information (will, estate inventory, court case, deed, etc.)
  4. Date and location of the source information

Here is another page of tax records for Perquimans County, North Carolina (1775)

  1. Sampson and Venus (Venus previously mentioned on 1772 Tax Record)
  2. Mary Hasket
  3. 1775 Tax Record for Perquimans County, North Carolina (page 4)
  4. http://perqtax3.homestead.com/files/perq1775.html

Slave Name Roll Project – more names

The Slave Name Roll Project goal is to recognize slaves mentioned in various documents with the ultimate goal of helping African-American genealogy researchers break through brick walls they encounter before the 1870 census.

The information they gather is:

  1. Name of the enslaved (usually only a given name)
  2. Name of the slave owner
  3. Source of the information (will, estate inventory, court case, deed, etc.)
  4. Date and location of the source information

I’ve decided to do the entire page of the 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina.  Here is the information:

  1. Robin, Bob, Sam, Moses, Davi, George, Maryan, Tensa, Nan, Venus, Judah, Menor and others I can’t make out
  2. John Harvey
  3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
  4. accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

1. Mills, Judah, and others I can’t make out
2. Pleasant Jordine
3.  
1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
4.  accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

1. Moses
2. John Jones
3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
4.  accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

  1. Mobin, Gingo, Sarah
  2.  Malachi Jones
  3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
  4. accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

There are several on this page that I am unable to read.  Hopefully someone else can and will add them to the project.