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knotmyline

Member Since 21 Mar 2016
Offline Last Active Jan 25 2018 03:32 PM
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In Topic: _UID in GEDCOMs

25 January 2018 - 03:34 PM

I think this is an okay idea gone wrong.

 

Assume that I add JOHN DOE to my RootsMagic tree, someone else adds JOHN DOE to their PAF tree, someone else adds JOHN DOE to their FTM tree, and now there are 3 separate and unique _UID's for the same JOHN DOE. 

 

Then we 3 all upload our GEDCOM to Ancestry and all 3 JOHN DOE records on Ancestry would contain a different _UID.  

 

A 4th person comes along and merges those 3 records into their Ancestry tree and gets a copy of each _UID, none of them helpful to him, Ancestry or anyone else. 

 

I am convinced that _UID's on a tree are nothing but useless, distracting, and wasteful clutter.