Is there a way to quantify brickwalls for a surname?

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Is there a method or an app to count, and perhaps list, the number of profiles of a given surname with ancestors?
 

My reason for wanting this is for generating and measuring statistics in a One Name Study.  In this case, the quantity reveals how many separate/unique lines there are for a given surname, and provides a list to profiles that are in need of help getting them connected to their ancestors.

I would be interested in seeing any methods or apps others have for gathering data/statistics for one name studies.
in WikiTree Tech by Ron Rowland G2G6 Mach 1 (17.9k points)
I have seen people use categories for this:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/656175/can-i-use-a-on-name-study-project-to-collect-heads-of-lines

Those examples use "End of Line" or "Head of Line", which I personally don't like, since there is no end to the line -- just an brick wall hoping to be knowcked down. A lot of one-name studies also used "brick wall" in this category name:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Family_Brick_Walls

Unfortunately, that is a 100% manual approach to identifying the brick walls. 

2 Answers

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Tab: Family Tree and Tools

Scroll down to Brick Wall Ancestors. It needs a separate login, use your wikitree login to access.
by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 9 (99.4k points)
Unfortunately that only works for my ancestors. I want all the Rowland brick walls for Rowland surname — not just my Rowland line.
If I understand what you want, you want all profiles of a particular surname whose father's field is blank.

Is that correct?
Yes - the quantity and the list
I have sent an e-mail to Aleš asking if such a report can be configured.
Thanks Tommy.  I think this would be desired/welcomed by every One-Name Study.
+2 votes

Have you experimented with the WikiTree + search text? You might find something that helps. You can use LNAB and current last name and things like connected, unconnected, unlinked.

https://wikitree.sdms.si/default.htm

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:WikiTree_Plus

by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (487k points)

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