Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 1)
Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your
computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how
many surnames you have in your family tree database.
2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.
Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which
Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which
surnames are in the top 5! Or 10!
Well I am using Ancestral Quest and while I have never been a name collector, I just have 2070 names in the file. I could not see any way to sort by surname. so I don't have a clue how many surnames I have.
158 Hansen surnames, seems like my paternal line should have more since I have that line back to the 1600s, but because of patronymics my Hansen surname is fairly recent. My great grandfather was Hans Mikkelsen and all his children were named Hansen or Son of Hans (even the daughters by the 1860s). 77 Dillingham my grandfather Hansen married a Dillingham and while that family is from England and back to the 1500s I have a separate Dillingham database so not a lot in my main database. 41 Soule, since the Dillinghams came to New England very early I have several Mayflower lines and George Soule is one of them. 37 Names Yes the surname is Names and they intermarried with a bunch of my Hansen cousins.
Now to my moms side and this side has a lot of nationalities, but mainly Irish and Scotch 39 Travis my grandmothers surname 35 Forsyth(e) my great great grandfather 19 Kelly surnames
1) Well there are several of my women ancestors I would like to have lunch with, but since I have to pick one I will pick Nancy Campbell.
2) Nancy was born in North Carolina 18 Sep 1796 and she later married John "Jackie" Vanderpool and they had five kids. Both John and Nancy have been a brick wall of mine for quite a while. The Vanderpool researchers says John's father is Anthony Vanderpool, but the only reason is he fits there. I would like to know who her parents are and also John's parents.
Well my grandmother Cleo (Travis) Kelly turned out to be the family historian for her Travis family and also some for the Kelly family. She collected a few photo albums, and many letters from her siblings and she had a lot of brothers, sisters and half brothers and sisters. Her mom died after child number seven (but maybe a couple more as there are two big spaces that could have been children also.) Her father remarried and the second wife had ten more kids. Although Cleo was second oldest she outlived 14 of her siblings so had a lot of time to collect all the obits, and several photo albums. One is from her aunt Latisha Vanderpool and I have been posting pictures from that album.