Connectors Monthly - June 2019

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Here is some information for people interested in the Connectors Project.

Connection Status:

Connection Status - February 2019

As June 2, 2019, 3,785,031 out of 20,526,951 profiles (18.4%) on WikiTree were not connected to the main tree. (Or, to put it another way, 81.6% of profiles on WikiTree were connected to the main tree.)

Connection Trend:

Connection Trend - June 2019

The percentage of connected profiles is up from 74.30% in March, 2016. And, 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.

Unconnected IconWhether 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. (However, if you do ask for a Connectors badge, you will be able to see at a glance whether a profile is connected to the main tree, without having to scroll to the bottom of the page to see whether the connection box is there or not. See Chris' announcement about that for more details.)

Of the 3,785,031 unconnected profiles, 1,043,112 profiles (5.1%) had no links to any other profiles at all: no parents, spouses, siblings, or children.

Unlinked profiles happen for a number of reasons:

  • Some of them are for people who joined WikiTree and put up their own profiles, but chose not to build out their family trees for whatever reason.
  • Some of them are profiles that people have created for Notables, but haven't gone on to add any of those Notables' family members. Many of the profiles in the "Bronze" and "Silver" sections of the Notables List page are in that situation, and need to be connected to the main tree before they can move to the "Gold" section.
  • Some of them are leftovers from GEDCOM uploads which somehow got unlinked during the upload process. The Lost and Found Project was started to try to identify, source, link, and finally connect those unlinked profiles.

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 3,629 China, Malaysia?
2 Loskot-1 2,327 Czech Republic, Slovenia
3 Samaha-3 1,372 Lebanon
4 Szczęsny-3 1,117 Poland
5 Evert-56 1,087 Germany
6 Nizamani-138 921 Pakistan
7 Kahana-1 895 Hungary, Romania
8 Coelho-167 871 Portugal, Brazil, Germany
9 Morda-16 832 Italy
10 Dietrich-1383 791 France, Germany, Switzerland

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 38 countries (and 52 states, territories, and the District of Columbia in the United States).

WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Chat
in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
edited by Greg Slade

Coming Up:

WikiTree will be holding a Connect-A-Thon from July 12 to 15, 2019. To take part, make sure you register before July 10, 2019. For more details, see the announcement here and the rules here.

Where to Find Profiles to Connect:

We have added a new Places to find unconnected profiles page, with links to a number of places where you can find unconnected branches or notables, including all the "Can you help connect...?" threads in G2G which haven't been completed yet.

How to Connect Unconnected Branches:

There are a number of Hints and Tips near the bottom of the Connectors Chat page.

How To Connect To The Connectors Project:

  • The first place to look is always the Connectors Project Page 
  • You can also check out the Connectors Chat page and its sub-pages. There is content on each page, but also pay attention to the chat running down the right side of each page. Those chats (plus G2G) are our primary ways of communicating within the project.
  • If you haven't already used up all your G2G tags, make sure you add the CONNECTORS tag to the tags you follow in G2G, so that any threads with that tag will show up in your G2G Discussion Feed.

Previous Issues:

Excellent stats and info, Greg!
Thank you, Greg!
These stats are great.  Is there anywhere to see number of unconnected profiles by year created?
I don't have access to those kinds of numbers, but Aleš might be able to do something like that.
I think it would be nice to be able to focus on some of the earliest created profiles because that number is static.  If we could get to a point where we knew that we were focusing on newly created unconnected profiles, and that the older unconnected profiles were ones that had special challenges, it would be great.  I suspect we are a long way from there, and that profiles created in 2011 is still a large percentage of our unconnected.

2 Answers

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Hi Greg!

Great stats. I would like to add some good news from my neck of the woods: the number of Dutch profiles is steadily rising while the number of unconnected profiles is falling. Last year when the GDPR was introduced, we had 12027 out of 188642 profiles that were unconnected (according to this page. The numbers were last week: 8689/244468.

I like the jigsaw icon!

by B. W. J. Molier G2G6 Mach 6 (60.6k points)
+3 votes
I'm loving the new puzzle piece on the top of profiles, but didn't realize it was just given to connectors! It's really encouraged me to dig deeper on new profiles to get them connected. Sometimes, I can't, but often - I do!
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
I don't know whether anybody asked for that icon specifically, but it does make a nice answer to the perennial question of "How can I tell if a profile is connected?"

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