I had switched my database from a different software to RM 4 or 5 years ago and uploaded that tree to Ancestry in 2013. I didn't do much on either until recently when I started accepting documents and facts from Hints on Ancestry. I decided I wanted to get back into my research and upgraded RM to 7 so that I could share the tree with Ancestry. I read articles on this forum and the FAQs and decided that my Ancestry file should have the most info becuase I had been adding sources and facts to it based on Hints (but no new people) So, I created a new RM file called "Ells2019" and downloaded the Ancestry file into it. I then used the Compare function to see what was in the Ells2019 file versus my old RM file called "Ells2013". The results are confusing me. I see many individuals who are in one file but not the other and vice versa as well as facts. This doesn't make sense as I might have added a few people to Ells2013 for births and added death details but know that I have not added any others. Also, I don't believe that I have added any new people to the tree on Ancestry - only accepted sources from hints. I started to treat Ells2019 as my new database and was copying items from Ells2013 into it. However, I decided to check something and discovered that while the Compare said that an individual was not in the Ells2019 data base, when I went into the Ells2019 database she was there (in all instances that I have found so far it was a spouse where I didn't have her maiden name). So I am now concerned that I will end up with duplicate people if I keep adding them to Ells2019 database. Any recommendations?
Since I had heard there were some issues with Sources, I decided to check with the Source list said. When UI checked the Ells2013 sourcelist, it was all of the sources that I have entered over the years - mainly research from census records on microfiche, tombstone inscriptions and interviews with family members. However, when I checked the source list in Ells2019 (one downloaded from Ancestry) it did not contain any of those sources but rather ones from Ancestry records only. Could I have lost all of my source links when I uploaded the Ells2013 file to Ancestry back in 2013? If that is the case then maybe I should start back with my Ells2013 file as it has all of my original sources.
Should I just go back to my Ells2013 RM file and treat it as my main database and use compare to add sources to it that I had accepted into the Ells2019 (Ancestry) tree? If I do that, should I delete the Ancestry tree and use TreeShare to upload the updated Ells2013?
Any advice would be appreciated. I really want to get back into doing family research (I did most of it 15-25 years ago) and I have many documents in files that have not been entered as I would never add facts until I had the time to add the source. Thank you.