I'd like some help please with one particular problem. I've recently had to merge a lot of individuals on my database - some manual and some automatic. In some cases I get duplicate entry of details (e.g. same birth details entered twice), but that's fairly easy to resolve courtesy of the delete record option. However, I've found a lot of duplicate source entries in the citation manager. I can remove these in the same way but, for example, when I generated a source list, because of the number of duplicate citations, I ended up with an 88 page report!
Is there an easy way to globally remove these duplicated citations? Thank you.
Duplication is an ever present and growing problem and there are many hopes RM8 will provide more assistance in tackling these problems.
However for now I would backup your database, take a screen shot of yout present file properties from the option under the File menu and then run all Automatic Merges from under the Tools>Merge option. Depending on the size of your database this might take quite some time to run. Once complete check your file properties again against the screen shot you took before the process, it may not deal with all but I would hope it reduces your count.
You are probably aware that the smallest difference in Date, Place, Source, Citation etc will result in duplication. That is because RM rightly perceives the details as being different in some way and will never make presumptions on the users behalf, so another way is to clean your Place List and Source List to make entries exactly the same and then export your file to gedcom and import it into another fresh database of another name.