Error Report Drama!

So here it is – the error report is kind of messed up.

For the first 2 people with “sex unknown” I changed their sex to female – which they are.  Since the report was generating in FTM, I made the change in Ancestry to prevent messing with the FTM tree while is was working.

When the report was finished, I also made the change in FTM.  I then synced the trees.

Guess what?  Those same 2 people now show up on the new data report as having duplicate events!  Guess the category yet??  Sex!

I assumed when I synced that it would notice that both trees have the sex as female.  Guess again!

Maybe some of my merging duplication isn’t necessarily my doing!

This is going to be a long haul!  I have decided changing it online is easier if I will need to search for supporting documents but things like sex changes are easier in FTM.



Is Error Report Accurate??

This has been one of the most frustrating exercises proposed as a “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun”.  My first run of the data error report yielded 48 pages.  I’ve spent close to 100 hours since that fateful report trying to clean up the stupid duplicate entries – a much needed thing but it has been a real chore.

The duplicates arose from 2 probable events.
1) at the beginning of this genealogy journey, I had each of my grandparents as a separate tree.  After several situations of not remembering how I was related to someone, I decided to merge them.  Merging gave duplicates since I didn’t want to remove any events.  I then decided to merge my line with hubby’s line. Another set of duplicates.

2) I received a GEDCOM from a cousin who is the genealogist for the family association.  I merged my tree with this one and MANY of my duplicates were from this.  This merge also gave me most of the errors of “person’s sex is unknown” and “individual has same last name as spouse”.  To think the “genealogist” would have such a messy tree was mind boggling.

So I have rerun the error report and somehow I still have 17 pages of errors.  I know that some of the “Sex Unknown” are legitimate – a baby died before death certificates were mandatory and no one remembered what sex the baby was.  Understood.

So know I question the accuracy of the error report.  I compared some of the names that I know I didn’t touch on the 48 pages of errors and now they show up as an error.   How do I trust this??

So I’m off to fix the 17 pages of errors and will not add any individuals – just fix the error, run the report again and see what happens.

I’ll let you know what happens!

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!!


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

SNGF – Your Genealogy Database Statistics

Idea from August 12, 2017 edition!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Genealogy Database Statistics

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again,  time for more Genealogy Fun!
Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  If you have your family tree research in a Genealogy Management Program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database (hint:  the Help button is your friend!)

2)  Tell us which GMP you use, and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ stream comment.

Here’s mine:

I use Family Tree Maker 2017 and Ancestry dot com to manage my genealogy information.  To determine the following information in FTM, while in the “Plan” section, I click “More”.
On Ancestry, I click the “Tree Overview” while my tree is active/on screen.
The information gathered from both says my current database has:

*  People: 21,074

*  Marriages: 6,120
*  Surnames: 3,794
*  Events/Facts: 79,439
*  Places: 6,693
*  Sources: 7724
*  Citations: 13,421
*  Multimedia items: 2,375

Wednesday Night Genealogy Fun – Ancestral Gravestones

Randy over at Genea-Musings posed this challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.  Since I am behind, it is my Wednesday night fun!

For this week’s mission, I challenge you to:

Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones – how many generations can you go back in time? I can go back to my 5x-great Grandparents (I’ve seen them all!  Do you have photographs of them? Yep!  I’m using the Find A Grave pictures, some of which I took.

  1. Grandmother Helen May Fetherkile Vernak  (1906-1993)  in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa. (photo taken by me)

    Helen May <i>Fetherkile</i> Vernak

  2. Great Grandparents Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980) and Lottie Maud Smith Fetherkile (1887-1926) both in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa (photos taken by me)

    Harry Cecil Fetherkile
    Lottie Maud <i>Smith</i> Fetherkile

  3. 2x Great Grandparents Andrew Holt Smith (1854-1914) and Katherine May Burrell Smith (1859-1942) in Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa (photos taken by me)
    Andrew Holt Smith
    Andrew Holt Smith
    Kate May <i>Burrell</i> Smith
  4. 3x-Great-Grandparents Marcus Lafayette Smith (1824-1902) and Caroline L. Fox Smith (1830-1903) in Pinewood Cemetery, Daytona Beach, FL

    Marcus L Smith

  5. 4x-Great Grandparents Thomas Lester Fox (1794-1865) and Elizabeth Christophers Holt Fox (1796-1883) in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, CT

    Thomas L Fox

  6. 5x-Great Grandparents Deacon Samuel Fox (1762-1848) and Esther Lester Fox (1766-1867) in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, CT

    Deacon Samuel Fox

Esther <i>Lester</i> Fox
AND 5x-Great-Grandparents Ebenezer Holt (1760-1835) and Elizabeth Christophers Holt (1764-1851)  in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, CT

Ebenezer Holt

Ebenezer Holt

Elizabeth <i>Christophers</i> Holt

Saturday Genealogy Fun – Birth Day Edition

Finally getting caught up on some “old” Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Posts!  Thank you Genea-Musings for the great ideas!!   My answers are in RED below!

My tree has 20,078 people.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Who in Your Database Has Your Birth Day?

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again,  time for more Genealogy Fun!
Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Are there persons in your genealogy database that has the same exact birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her – what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?  No one has my exact birth date (Nov. 11, 19xx)

2)  Are there persons in your database that are your ancestors that share your birth day (but not the year)?   How many, and who are they?  I have one direct ancestor with the same birth date – my great-great-grandfather Adam Alexander Fetherkile.  He was born Nov. 11, 1852 and died Dec. 22, 1937.

3)  Are there other persons in your database that share your birth day (but not the year)?  How many, and who are they?  Including myself and Grandpa, there are 37 people with the birth date Nov. 11.  26 are relatives by blood and 10 are “unrelated”. For the sake of privacy, names of the living are not included.


4)  For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the Calendar function.  I use Family Tree Maker 2014.1  

Here are the steps:  open tree; click Publish; click Person Reports; click List of Individuals Report; click Create Report;  when the next screen shows up, click sort by month/date (which automatically defaults to birthdate) and be sure that “all individuals”;  click generate report again;  scroll to the desired date.