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How Would you add a Overalll Reference in RM4

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#1 peteki


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Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:16 PM

My father's family members are all from Germany. Both he and my grandmother came from Germany just before 1900. So, the family tree consists of literally 100's of family entries all from the same two or three villages in Hessen.

I have the published German church books from 1676 to 1830 written in German of course. Now every family member gets a birth, baptism, death and for at least 50-60% a confirmation, and a marriage. Most families had 8-12 children born. That makes for a tremendous amount of reference entries which when you print out the history, the references would take up 10's of pages.

What would be a way of indicating that all the information unless otherwise indicated (in a rare instance) comes from "Kirchenbuch: Vor die Gemeinde Hils, Appenfeldt, Wallenstein, Hergetsfeld, Steindorf und Rükersfeld, worinnen de getaufte, confirmirte, copulierte und verstorbnen augezeichnet sind" compiled by Mr. Lothar Ide. Imagine that repeated over and over and over page after page after page. Not a good way to do it I don't think.

Thus the question, How, in RM 4 can we make it concise but simpler and more pleasant? A way to lead to a central entry without repeating it maybe. Your thoughts please. sad.gif


#2 Alfred


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Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:46 PM

I would start a new temporary database.
==Back up your main database!==
Enter all the information in that temporary database, while checking your main database to see if any of the people are already in there. If any are there, drag and drop them into the temp database(*1), delete any facts they already have(*2) before adding what information you are finding in that long named German reference.
Once you have exhausted that source, create a GEDCOM from the temporary database.
Import that GEDCOM file into your main database and add the source to facts and/or individuals as you import.(I just used a temp source marker in version 3 then edited it to it's final form after the import- I haven't tried this in RM4 yet, I don't think you can add a very complete source there either.)
Merge your database, using the Share Merge.

(#1 - The reason you drag just their names is to keep their unique identification number for merging purposes.
You want to keep the UID# because so many names are the same and merging can be a bear without it.)
(#2 - The reason for deleting their existing facts is so they do not get the source added to them)

Another way would be to enter everything into your main database, create the source with your first entry, preceding the source name with an exclamation point (!) to keep it at the top of your source list then add the source to each entry as you go. (This may be simpler, because merging is still a BEAR!)