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It's all about the numbers.

How many records does FamilySearch have? Apparently, Ancestry has about 15 billion and MyHeritage has about 8.8 billion.
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  • Ron Tanner mentioned this is one of his recent live sessions. I don't remember what the numbers were, but in the case of FamilySearch, the indexed records are counted. The number of digitized/filmed record sets, each of which contains many records, exceed 2 million.

    The tree itself contains 1.18 billion persons, of which over 50 percent have one or more sources attached.

    As of last year's RootsTech (2017) - Ancestry outstripped FamilySearch, but not by much.
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    To be honest, I don't really care how many records "FamilySearch" has; and, for that matter, I also don't really care how many records "Ancestry.com" or "MyHeritgae" or "FindMyPast.com" or any such internet web site has.

    And, any way, all the aforementioned sites "Share" access to records between them.

    As long as they all help me gather more and more information and detail about my Ancestors. so I can add more "Flesh" and "Bones" to them to prove that they existed, I'm happy.

    So, to me, anyway, it is certainly not about the numbers.

    I'm more thankful those sites provide us with so much information.

    Brett
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    • "While I agree 100%, the probability of finding the right records you want is greater
      At the site with the most records. They are the low hanging fruit."

      The number of records is only one thing. The quality of the search engine also matters enormously. The quality of the record transcriptions being searched also matters enormously.
    • Unfortunately, the size of the database is of no importance if a particular record repository refuses to allow its records to displayed on any website. 10 million or 10 billion you'll never be able to access certain records - either for this reason or, quite simply, if they have never been copied / indexed.
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  • Ron Tanner (FamilySearch.org Product Manager) May 04, 2018 14:05
    If your counting then you need to understand the numbers. Historical records on FamilySearch has 5.2 billion names. If your talking about tree then you have to realize that the other sites all count the individual trees to get their billions. And these individual trees will have many, many duplicates. They don’t do a single tree like FamilySearch. We try to remove duplicates in Family Tree so the numbers mean different things. And yes we have 1.1billon names in the single tree.
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