Here is some information for people interested in the Connectors Project.
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.)
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.
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. (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.
The top ten unconnected branches on the Connectors Chat page this month are:
||Czech Republic, Slovenia|
||Portugal, Brazil, Germany|
||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).