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#1 barnesy



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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:50 AM

I have just come back from the uk with a gedcom file of my sisters family tree - both of us have a lot of the same information but both have a lot of new things

Is there a way to import the data without doubling up on names and information

I am using Rootsmagic version 4

Many thanks

Lynda :D

#2 TomH


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:51 AM

You could simply import her Gedcom into your database and use Duplicate Search Merge but that will undoubtedly result in a confusing mess to clean up. However, it might be a way to speedily find the uniquely different persons but do so in a copy of your database with a different name that you can throw away when finished.

Safest to import her Gedcom to a new database and with hers and yours open side by side, drag and drop one unique person at a time (or one new family) into yours and link them into your tree.

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#3 Vyger


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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:35 AM

Firstly I would reconcile the Place List as any minor even punctuation differences here will result in duplicate facts.

If you do decide to reconcile make sure to stanp every event with a source so you know which database it originated from.

There has been long promised improvements to the merge process so may don't rush to merge them just yet as Tom suggested.

Read the link below for some place related problems then there will be source issues as well.


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