Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vital Stats

In spite of the odd impulse to pack it in, I realized the other day I'll be doing genealogy til the day I die. Or at least until I'm incapacitated to the point of being unable to reach a keyboard.

Because we just never know.

The other day I had an email from someone I wrote to 11 years ago requesting information. It turns out she's in possession of the family bible of one of my 4th great-grandfathers. It offered up a couple of long-unknown marriage dates as well as an intriguing question: Who is Lucy Harris?

That riveted me into something that feels like almost the present tense; considering the seemingly never-ending ocean of my ancestors and cousins. With nearly 26,000 people in my database, no matter how much I do I feel like I'm drowning.

I decided I needed a pick-me-up.

Not Living: 19,287

No birth date: 3,700
BUT 15,587, 81% done

No birth place: 5,923
BUT 13,364, 69% done

No death date: 6,778
BUT 12,509, 65% done

No death place: 10,668
BUT 8,619, 45% done

No burial place: 9,410
BUT 9,877, 51% done

No marriage date: 8,369
BUT 5459, 57% done

No marriage place: 9,284
BUT 5001, 52% done

No gravestone photo: 11,866
BUT photos for 7,421, 38% done