Re: Lumper or Splitter for one name study

Paul Sillitoe

Hi John

Whatever the dataset, I always find myself having to split it into granular detail in the end, to enable any sensible analysis.  In fact, I'm sitting here now trying to persuade myself that all the extra effort won't be necessary for a new task I'm about to start, but knowing in my heart that it will 😄

All best


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From: "johnfirr via" <johnfirr@...>
Date: 04/05/2021 15:16 (GMT+00:00)
Subject: [family-historian] Lumper or Splitter for one name study

Just a question out of interest really. I started using FH for family history research and adopted wnat I believe to be a "splitter" technique for recording sources i.e I raise an individual source for every record for every individual. This has the advantage that it allows me to record lots of detail and its very specific when searching, however it is relatively slow as there is lots of data entry for just one event ( say a Birth index entry).
Last year I transferred into carrying out a one name study and have continued to "split" which has not been a huge problem since the main name is very rare so if wanted to enter say all of the births on Findmypast for that name in the UK since 1837 I only have a couple of hundred.

However I have now started on one of the variants which whilst not huge is an order of magnitude higher so for instance I have just pulled all of the UK births for that variant from Free BMD and have a list of over a thousand. Entering these using splitting means also originaltng 1500 or so sources as well. This is a bit daunting and I am toying with becoming a "lumper" and creating one source for the CSV list arising from that search, only the perfectionist in me is stopping me at the moment.

Just interested in what other one namers do when you have a large list - is lumping the answer?

John Firr

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