My choice of the word "merge" is going to upset some purists (shoot, it bothers *me*!) but here's what I'm trying to do and would appreciate some thoughts or assistance.
My "Family" data set is, obviously, those people who are direct line ancestors with often some offshoots to "twice removed" but I try to limit the 'out of direct line' folks.
My second file is a "one name" project. Basically, I have brought / am bringing all verifiable information on the "van Amber" name into one project. Most of the information is coming from census data (thank you FamilySearch) or the SSDI. An internet search has also lead me to some stat / provincial birth / death / marriage data which I've also included. Since 'van Amber' is also in my direct line, I'm finding that I have considerably more information in the one-name project for some individuals than I do in the 'family' project.
It's beneficial to note that almost all of the van Ambers to be found in the states are related so most of the people I've found can fit into my tree, though often further removed from the main line than I'd wish. I can live with this.
The question now becomes "How can I combine the information found in the one-name project into my family project?"
- Obviously I can manually go through each list and selectively, manually enter the missing data. If I do this, I'm going to miss copying people or data from people - I'm human, I know I will.
- GenMerge and it's ilk are a useful tool if I'm wiling to allow non-controlled merging - that's not going to happen. Add to that, GenMerge doesn't support the CENS gedcom tag and much of my information is derived from the census'.
- I've seen references to "drag and drop" in another thread but I don't see any references to what they're trying to drag and drop.
I'm going back to continue work on the one-name project, but would be interested to know how others have solved the challenge of having related data in two data sets (or GEDCOM files) and combining relevant data.