Connectors Quarterly - December 2019

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Here is some information for people interested in the Connectors Project. (It's very late. The last "Connectors Monthly" thread was in August, so I've changed the name to "Connectors Quarterly" in hopes that I'll actually be able to maintain that pace. The numbers in these charts are from the beginning of this month, so they don't include WikiTree passing the 22 million mark in terms of total profiles.)

Connection Status:

As of December 1, 2019, 3,884,724 out of 21,982,352 profiles (17.7%) on WikiTree were not connected to the main tree. (Or, to put it another way, 82.3% of profiles on WikiTree were connected to the main tree.)

Connected, Unconnected, and Unlinked Profiles on WikiTree - December 2019Connection Trend:

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.

Connected, Unconnected, and Unlinked Trends on WikiTree - December 2019

Unconnected iconConnectors badgeThe 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 3,884,724 unconnected profiles, 1,086,809 profiles (4.9%) 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.
WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Chat
in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (432k points)

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 3,628 China, Malaysia?
2 Granda-20 1,889 Austria
3 Szczęsny-3 1,117 Poland
4 Nizamani-138 944 Pakistan
5 Kahana-10 896 Hungary, Romania
6 Górski-224 849 Austria
7 Grud-1 771 Austria
8 Raab-168 741 Germany
9 Striani-7 717 Italy, USA
10 Sorg-147 703 Germany, Hungary, Austria, Romania

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 50 countries (and 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia in the United States).

Where to Find Profiles to Connect:

See the 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.

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Beautifully done report, Greg. Thank you so much!
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