Connectors Monthly: September 2017

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Some information for people interested in the Connectors Project:

Connection Status September 2017: 77.43% connected, 22.57% unconnectedConnection Status:

As of yesterday, 3,399,939 out of 15,062,325 profiles (22.57%) on WikiTree were not connected to the main tree. Or, to put it another way, 77.43% of profiles on WikiTree are connected to the main tree. 

Connection Trend:

That percentage is up from 74.30% in March, 20161. Connection Trend September 2017And, in fact, that percentage has increased at least slightly every single month in all that time, so that's a tribute to the dedication of all connectors.

Whether you have asked for the Connectors badge or not, if you've connected even one unconnected profile to the main tree, you should pat yourself on the back.

Unconnected Branches:

The top ten unconnected branches on the Connectors Chat page this month are:

Number Linking Profile Branch Size Location
1 Geok Kim-1 3,721 China
2 Davini-2 3,221 Italy
3 Sedliská-1 2,960 Czech Republic
4 Gatterer-2 2,913 Süd-Tirol (formerly Austrian Empire, now Italy)
5 Piantino-86 2,227 Italy
6 Samaha-3 1,372 Lebanon (I think)
7 Rautmann-1 1,125 Austria and Brazil
8 Szczęsna-3 1,113 Poland?
9 Evert-56 1,087 Germany
10 Bhatti-5 936 Pakistan and India

As you can see, unconnected branches can be from anywhere. The Let others know what locations you are working on page now lists unconnected branches from 28 countries (and 48 states, territories, and the District of Columbia in the United States).

Privately Connected Branches:

Because the list of privately connected branches in each country is so long, we have spun it out into a separate Privately Connected Branches page. (Privately connected branches are connected to the main tree, but only connect via private profiles, which the database can't "see", so they can show up with 568 Wikidata - Unconnected branches to global tree or 569 Wikidata - Unconnected orphans to global tree errors. If those branches get an additional connection which goes through public profiles, then they will disappear from the suggestions lists. [Or at least, for being unconnected. There may well be other issues in these branches.]) You can see where where the private connections are by clicking on the connection finder links at the bottom of the profile. Any link in the chain between the profile you're looking at and the connection anchor person that is listed as "Private Person" is a link which is keeping that profile from showing up as connected in the suggestion lists. If that private person can be made public (or at least have their family tree made public), or if you can find another connection that's public all the way, then that profile will be publicly connected.


  1. I haven't charted the number prior to last March, because the method of counting unconnected profiles was changed, so the numbers before and after the change measure different things.
WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Chat
asked in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
edited by Greg Slade
Excellent post, Greg! Thank you for always running these numbers. I will check on the private trees to see if there are any open profiles we can link to to get them worked on. Keep up the good work!
What I do is click on the family list, and sort by birth date. That should bring the oldest (and therefore open) profiles to the top.

2 Answers

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Awesome job Connectors! :)
answered by Charlotte Shockey G2G6 Pilot (921k points)
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Very Awesome Job.

I won't be focusing on connecting this month. I am too busy working on the Source-a-thon for the end of Sept to be doing connections. I do have some connections on stand by but for now they can wait.
answered by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (495k points)

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