News on Database errors project (26 June 2016)

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Analysis was done on data from July 3rd 2016.

So in 7 days 12902 errors were corrected by my estimation. Great job. Have fun correcting errors.

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Detailed statistics are available on in Statistics section.

in The Tree House by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
retagged by Maggie N.
Noticed "probably" and "probable" in names and locations. What's you thought about catching those?

Probable appears only 49 times, but probably appears on over 2K profiles. So we should add that as location errors.

You can check frequencies of any.text on group search and item all wikitree

For name it appears only 13 times so i would check it only in location.

9 Answers

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by J Murray G2G6 Mach 3 (35.4k points)
+4 votes
Re db_error_603  Is there a list or map of what you should change USA to in the pre-USA era?  I suppose Pennsylvania , USA can be changed to Pensylvania Colony, but what about Ohio?  Is it Pa or Va or what?
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (410k points)
They slipped through again. Deleted.

Those errors are temporarily excluded, until Wikitree redefines Location fields.
It's a good question, though. I'm sure full of suggestions, but wiki says:

So it appears that you could use:

<city>, <county>, Province of Pennsylvania, British American Colonies


<city>, <county>, Pennsylvania Colony, British American Colonies

Or another variant along these lines.

animated history of united states and territories

Nice animated GIF
Url bigger version I added the link to error DBE_603 

An animated map like this makes me more convinced that we need to have more fields for historical locations

  1. The name the location had when the event happened
  2. The name today so we can draw maps
  3. The exact GPS location so you can visit the place
  4. Alternative names used when the event took place ex. the german name of a city the Polish....
  5. The name in different alphabet like Cyrillic and Latin  
You have seen these maps of the states at the county level? You can move through them by year to see how they changed.

Thanks Michael I added the link to error DBE_603 until we have a better solution.....

+7 votes

Thanks for magic work

Really like the new search interface and search Person Tree ==> you can see all related people and understand why people appear in the Error report. Would be nice to get a link on the WikiTreeID to WikiTree





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==> 892 profiles 10 generations Sälgö-1

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==> 347 profiles 10 generations Sälgö-1 + Limit to blood relatives

by Living Sälgö G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
edited by Living Sälgö
+7 votes

Aleš Trtnik has given us a new magic tool to better understand the change rate in WikiTree and also analyse if we have more errors/quality in different time periods... with non open profiles....

You find the statistics on under Statistics

Example Error 107 Full name uppercase an error that you need to be profile manager to fix (LNAB) .... ==> its an error that is nearly impossible to fix with inactive WikiTree profile managers....

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My analyze is that open and public profiles has a higher change rate

by Living Sälgö G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
edited by Living Sälgö
True. For most easy errors opened profiles were fixed or will be in a month at current rate. The problem will remain with not opened profiles and i expect that those errors will be corrected at a wery slow rate since they involve communication with profile managers,...

It could be helped a little by wikitree if they automatically open all old profiles making them editable.

When we run out of public profiles to correct, we can create new errors.
I agree with you on Open Profiles. I don't understand why profiles can't just be automatically opened.

For that matter, I also wish that the cutoff could be raised from 200 years old
+6 votes

Added variations of Unknown

To errors 601, 631 and 661 I added also similar words to Unknown. It gives additional 2K errors.

Errors Total 0000-0000 0001-1499 1500-1699 1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999
601 Unknown birth location 9764 1779 3 413 1436 4683 1450
631 Unknown death location 16665 1494 5 796 2653 9572 2145
661 Unknown marriage location 1428 75 4 21 252 823 253
by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
+4 votes
by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (227k points)
+5 votes

Added new errors Profile should be open (Child birth date)

This are similar to 109 and 110, but are identified for profiles with no birth and death date and their children were born more then 200 years ago.

Errors Total 0000-0000
212 Profile should be open (Child birth date) 4716 4716
312 Profile should be open (Child birth date) 4452 4452


by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
+1 vote

Added new error 111 Died too young to be parent

This error lists all profiles, that were under 10 years old and have children without birth date. If child has birth date set, error is already listed in other errors.

Errors Total 0001-1499 1500-1699 1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999 2000-Now
111 Too young to be parent 514 44 67 68 195 133 7


by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
edited by Aleš Trtnik

I think you need to say they *died* too young (<10yo) to be a parent.  That looks like what the data is showing

Fixed. In error lists it will be visible on next update.
+3 votes

Added new error 112 Person is Father and mother

Here are profiles, that are father to some children and mother to some. This error must be corrected, otherwise there is a problem with siblings in children profiles. Some siblings are missing.

Errors Total 0000-0000 0001-1499 1500-1699 1700-1799 1800-1899 1900-1999
112 Person is Father and mother 1431 169 16 67 354 709 116
by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)

You lost me again see video I dont understand the problem

Error reported on Webby-63 found on Err_20160626/112_1900-1999_0.htm

This error was corrected.

Child had Webby-63 as father and mother.

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