I am a Temple & Family History Leader in my ward and I use the Family History Activity Report (FHAR) available on the church website (under the menu Leader and Clerk Resources). My question is: "How is the percentage number calculated for the item entitled 'Members with First Four Generations in the Tree'"? or in other words "What is the algorithm used to calculate this statistic on the FHAR"?
John L. Kennedy ✭✭✭
Hi, thanks for reaching out. I'm attaching a link to an article giving comprehensive information on FHAR:-
I'm not sure if this fully answers your query but, as far as I can see. FS populates the report from member activity on FS Family Tree, Temple activity etcetera.
John L. Kennedy.0
Chas Howell ✭✭✭✭✭
In addtion to the KA John posted, see Alan E Brown's post for a detail explanation of how the Members with First Four Generations in the Tree statistic is calculated. https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/115987/fhar#latest
... the real calculation is a bit different. It's confusing because the "First Four Generations of Ancestors in the Tree" could be interpreted in different ways. But the actual calculation is based on the number of ancestors, not the number of members. Here are the details.
For purposes of this calculation, "Four Generations of Ancestors" is counting the 15 people in your four generations: you, your 2 parents, your 4 grandparents, and your 8 great-grandparents. The percentage for you will be how many of those 15 people are in Family Tree. If you have 12 of those 15 people, you will get 80%.
When a FamilySearch account is created for a member of the Church, the system will look at the parents listed on membership records and create tree persons for any living parents, or create relationships to deceased tree persons who were members of the Church. Thus a person whose 4-gen ancestors were all members of the Church could very well get all 15 people added automatically, as soon as they create a FamilySearch account. A person whose parents (or other ancestors) are not members of the Church will have to add people to the Family Tree manually until they can connect to deceased ancestors in the Tree.
The new change is that these people in the Tree are counted only for members who have a FamilySearch account and have signed in at least once since the account was created. Previously these 4-gen trees were created behind the scenes even if the member never created an account. But now a member who has not created an account will count for 0%.
For the entire ward, the denominator of the statistic is 15 times the total number of youth and adults in the ward ("youth" starts with those who are turning 12 in this calendar year). The numerator of the statistic is the total number of these 4-generation ancestors who are in the Tree.
So suppose a ward has 100 members who are youth or adults. The denominator is 1500. Suppose that 30 of the members have full trees, 10 have trees with 11 people, and another 5 have 8 people in their trees. The calculation would be:
30 x 15 + 10 x 11 + 5 x 8 = 600, and 600/1500 = 40%
But for last year's number, suppose that there were 20 additional members who have full trees based on membership records (a total of 50 such members) but never created a FamilySearch account. Last year the calculation would have been:
50 x 15 + 10 x 11 + 5 x 8 = 900 and 900/1500 = 60%
Hopefully that helps explain how this is calculated, and what changed from 2021 to 2022.1