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#1 jmasters

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 11:27 AM

I've never merged databases before, so when I went to tool->Merges->Automatic merges and clicked on Begin Merge.

 

I thought it would ask me for another database to merge, but it just "blinked" and came back to my main screen.

 

The before and after information on the merge says this:

 

 

Properties      Before        After

People            5717          5714

Families          2046          2045

Events            15892        15877

 

Any reason why I'd "lose" a number of people, families and events after an apparent "merge" with itself?

 

 

And how CAN I do a merge?

 

I have a database on my home computer, and went on the road with a laptop, and made changes with that copy.  But the copy I went out with was from a slightly older copy of my database. 

 

I want to get the newer stuff I added in while on the road.

 

What are the steps for that?

 

But most importantly, what did I "lose" above?  And why?  (I believe each individual has a unique identifier.  I didn't think it would allow a duplicate person in the database.

 

Justin



#2 TomH

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Merge feature merges duplicates within the same database. There is no automatic merge between databases. File Compare compares two files for potential duplicate persins which you can manually combine. TreeSearch and FamilySearch Central do a similar thing with online tree databases.

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#3 jmasters

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:42 PM

I'm basically trying to find/merge the info for the people I changed (or possibly added).

 

Is there a way to determine who I've last edited in a database?



#4 zhangrau

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 01:48 PM

1 - Switch your RM database to People View
2 - Click the [Customise this view] button
3 - Add the Last edited column to the People View display
4 - Click on the header of the Last edited column to sort
 
Note that you could also use Groups to focus your work on a subset of your database


#5 jmasters

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:47 AM

Wow, thank you zhangrau!