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Impact of TreeSync on duplicate people - editing costs

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#1 pbooth99


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:37 AM



I love the new TreeSync feature. I know have the holy grail of being able to keep RM, ancestry.com and familysearch all in synch without double entry. At least that's the theory. The reality can be a bit messier. Duplicate person records seem more common. So whilst this new feature is saving time and improving the breadth of my Rootsmagic trees, it is also generating new work. So parts of the RM interface that were mildly imperfect are now becoming major annoyances as the mix of operations is changing.  Here  is a particularly bad example of  a record created from a merge. The 19 facts marked in yellow are duplicates that I want to remove.


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The fastest way I have found to do this cleanup is to select a fact, hit <alt>D  then <enter> to delete, then move my cursor down with arrow to next duplicate fact and repeat.  That's a pretty slow operation for an action that is becoming much more common.


Are there any plans to improve the usability of this operation? Here are four different suggestions that might reduce the cost of this type of operation but which work in very different ways:


  1. Have a setting that prevents confirmation dialogs
  2. Have a live delete button next to each fact - similar to those found on retail sites to remove items from a shopping cart.
  3. Have an easy way to select multiple facts and then press the delete button to delete all in one step


Any of these would make a noticeable improvement.


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#2 Renee Zamora

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 07:53 AM

To prevent duplicate facts when merging its best to clean up the Place List and merge all the duplicate places first. Even if the place has the same name its going to look like a different location and fact, both facts will be saved. That is why you have so many residences facts with the same date and place in 1881. When one fact has a description and the other doesn't its going to save both facts. 


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