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In Topic: How do I delete extra people?

21 February 2016 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for all the excellent advice.  I think I will definitely give careful consideration before importing anything into my database, even if it's from me. :)

Hard to believe I did this to my self.  But, the most painful lessons are well learned. I don't think I will forget this one anytime soon.



Thanks again



In Topic: How do I delete extra people?

18 February 2016 - 06:11 AM

I like the idea of sorting by numbers. I have noticed all of the Ancestry imports have much higher numbers. This could save me a lot of work.

Part of the problem for me was switching to new genealogy software for the first time and switching from PC's to Mac at the same time. But, I've received some excellent advice and learned some valuable lessons. Btw, you are right about the wear and tear on my hands, too. Except it's not my wrists it's my thumb from doing 'control' 'tab' over and over for hours...lol

In Topic: How do I delete extra people?

18 February 2016 - 06:04 AM

Google "keystroke automator" and I think you will find you have one on your Mac. If deleting 3000 people means 9000 or 12000 keystrokes, I would be concerned for my carpal tunnel.
Another approach might be to create a named group comprising everyone with a Record # lower than the start of the people imported and select that group in the Export dialog. Import the GEDCOM to a new database. The recent AFT imports will have been left behind.

In Topic: How do I delete extra people?

17 February 2016 - 08:39 PM

On the Duplicate Search Merge you will want to adjust the settings so it will look more broader if you are not getting any suggestions.

Not sure what you mean by suggestions.  If you mean duplicates, it finds plenty, over 3000 in a database of 16,000. :)

In Topic: How do I delete extra people?

17 February 2016 - 08:37 PM

I'm a Windows user, but I think the procedure I'd use would be the same on a Mac.

Go to Tools - Merge - Duplicate Search Merge

You'll be presented with a screen of comparison parameters - I use the defaults, which allow a couple years between dates - click [Search for duplicates]..

Since your merges are likely to include multiple person along branches of a tree, I take a screen capture of the search results (and close the search results window), paste it into Paint, and set that on the left side of my screen. I have RM on the right, and with a widescreen laptop, I can have both displayed side-by-side while working.

I like to begin my merging work work in Family View. Select a starting person, and merge with the duplicate.

Inspect for duplicate parents, and merge (if necessary). Work upwards until there are no more parents to be merged.

Switch to Descendants View, and work downwards, merging any duplicate spouses and children.

With 3000 duplicates, this process will be time consuming, and you'll periodically re-run the DSM to get a fresh list of who to work on.

Do backups periodically (I do, just in case I merge incorrect people).

Also, I run the File - Database Tools after every dozen or two of individual merges.

Thanks, this is exactly what I'm going to do.  I appreciate the detailed simple to follow instructions.  I will print this out and follow it till finished.  Thank you very much.