The Family Statistics feature on MyHeritage offers a new and unique way to view your family’s history. It can reveal fascinating insights about trends in your family: average lifespan, childbearing ages, marriages and divorces, migration patterns, and more.
Ready to see your family in a whole new light? Log in to your MyHeritage account, hover your mouse over the “Home” tab in the navigation bar of the MyHeritage website and select “Family statistics.”
On the Overview page, you’ll see three pie charts representing a breakdown of the genders of your family members, how many family members are living vs. how many deceased, and relationship statuses.
Below, you’ll find word clouds showing the most common names in your family: common last names, common first names for males, and common first names for females. The more common the name, the larger it will appear in the word cloud.
On the Places page, you’ll find three maps: one that shows the countries where your family members were born, one that shows where they died, and one that shows where they have lived. These maps can paint an interesting picture of the migration patterns of your family. You can select a specific continent beneath the map to view that continent in greater detail.
For an even more interesting overview of your ancestral places, check out PedigreeMap™: an interactive map that displays where important events in your family took place, which you can filter by country or by person. You can find it under “More” in the Family tree tab in the navigation bar. Click here to learn more about PedigreeMap™.
On the Ages page, you’ll see a chart that illustrates the age distribution among members of your family, alongside the oldest and youngest living members of your family. Clicking “Top 10” will reveal the top 10 males and females in each category.
Below, you’ll find the average life expectancy among males and females in your family, and a chart depicting the distribution of lifespans. You’ll also find the people in your family tree who lived the longest, alongside the people with the shortest lifespans. (If you don’t wish to display the latter chart, you can always hide it by clicking the X on the upper right corner.)
On this page, you’ll find a chart depicting how many people in your family were born in each month of the year and during each sign of the zodiac! You’ll also discover the percentages of family members who were born in each century and each decade of the 20th and 21st centuries.
On the Marriage page, you’ll find fascinating statistics about the marriages in your family. On the top row, you’ll see the average number of marriages among males and females in your family, who was married the most times, and when people in your family were married. (If you don’t wish to display the middle chart, you can hide it by clicking the X on the top right corner.)
In the second row, you’ll learn the average age of getting hitched in your family, and who got married at the youngest and most advanced ages.
In the third row, you’ll discover how long marriages tend to last in your family, who had the longest marriages, and who had the shortest. (You can hide the latter by clicking the X at the top right corner if you’d rather not see it.)
On the bottom row, you’ll find the average age difference between spouses in your family, as well as the family members with the largest age differences between partners.
On the Children page, you’ll learn the average number of children per nuclear family, which family had the most children, and which people (male and female) had the most children.
In the next row, you’ll discover the average age of having children among your relatives, as well as the oldest and youngest of your relatives to have a child.
In the third row, you’ll find the average age difference between siblings, and the siblings in your family with the largest and smallest age differences.
On the Divorce page, you’ll find out how many divorces have taken place in your family, which of your relatives divorced the most, and who had the longest marriage ending in divorce.
In the second row, you’ll find the average ages of your relatives when they divorced, and the oldest and youngest family members to get divorced.
If you don’t want to see any of these statistics, you can click the X on the upper right corner of any of the charts.
What you can learn
Looking at these statistics can teach you a lot about your family. Is there longevity in your genes? Are strong, long-lived marriages common in your family, or were there many divorces? Is there a disproportionate number of Capricorns? All these can provide insights — sometimes solemn, sometimes fun — into the lives of your ancestors and help you understand more about who you are today.