When I signed onto this site, I told Chris Whitten that I intended to do my best to transfer members of the Arbuthnot and Arbuthnott families onto it. Since when I have been easily diverted by other intriguing matters, as a result of which my watchlist has expanded well beyond my original intent. I have therefore been reducing it now stands at about 5,833 with further additions and deletions yet to come.
At that time Wikipedia was asking what the size of the [whatever] clan or family was, which raises the question, who does one include in order to answer it? Girls who marry out? Men who marry in? Divorced or separated people. Dead people? People who adopt or abandon the name?
And what is to be done with people who inevitably go over the 5,000 watchlist “maximum” which the site is built for? (That does not presently affect me because I am also an Arborist). Finally, what will and should happen to my rather specialist collection of profiles when I shuffle off my mortal coil (i am pefectly certain I will not “pass” anywhere).