Would it be possible to get a count number of profiles by country or birth or death? [closed]

+8 votes

I have no reason for wanting this, other than curiosity, but I think it would be fun to see how many profiles we have by each country (two separate counts - one for birth and one for death). I don't know how hard this would be to do, but it seems like the sort of thing others would find interesting as well. 

It feels like there are a lot of location issues involving countries (and there are when thinking about fixing them one by one), but as a percentage of all of wikitree, these would be a small percentage. (608 Misspelled country in birth location [6668 errors] / 638 Misspelled country in death location [3151 errors]. I realize that the errors like 633 USA too early in death location and 612 Location too early in birth location will provide false counts, but geographically the land mass is the same. I also realize that an unknown [to me] number lack a birth AND death location (and some probably also lack a marriage location), and so could not be included in such counts, but hopefully the percentage of the whole would not be too high.

closed with the note: Old question, new wikitree+ functionality does some of this
in The Tree House by W Robertson G2G6 Mach 6 (69.0k points)
closed by W Robertson

2 Answers

+4 votes

The base problem for reporting by country is that there are no rules for (elements of) location names strictly enforced, Country name is not a mandatory item. Also, the purists among the WT population insist names used by the local people at the time the event occurred should be recorded. Even if only current names are recorded most countries will be recorded either in local language or in English: "Nederland" or "Netherlands"


That said, WT+ offers a query functions for locations: "Location spelling". Not 100% coverage, but it gives an idea of the numbers involved.

Some examples:

United States 





by Jan Terink G2G6 Pilot (224k points)
+1 vote

This is the link you want

Suggestion lists by location

These list provide data by country and county, have fun exploring

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
Thanks for responding, but I am not interested in profiles with suggestions. This is more of broad statistics. The question is from several years ago, before we could search by birth location specifically, before the map, and before these new suggestions for orphans about abbreviations (which make it difficult to find all profiles from a place)

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