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Crap only people doing genealogy would appreciate

Yesterday, 09:25 PM

Everybody at some level works out their relationship to various famous people. I had known for some time that I was related to Kevin Costner through my Mom Anita Costner, we're 7th cousins. That's not surprising based on the fairly easy mapping of last names.


Now some of us that spend too much time on this remember names, but I still thought it was weird when I recognized William Knowlton from Ipswitch, MA in Family Tree magazine connecting me to two other actors.


Some years ago I knew I was related to Virginia Piper, a socialite that was kidnapped and murdered, and whose kidnapping was one of the inspirations for the movie Fargo. 


Tonight I'm rewatching All The President's Men and there is a scene where they contact Kenneth Dahlberg and he says his neighbor's wife was just kidnapped. Dahlberg lives in Minnesota, so I Google the combination and sure enough Virginia Piper and Kenneth Dahlberg are neighbors.


For some reason none of my other relatives saw the connection, or they just thought I had too much time on my hands.

Merging things outside of Places and People

11 August 2017 - 08:47 PM

First off I'd like to merge events. Sometimes I'll have two events of the same type and I want to put them together without losing sources. Or I'll have one with notes and another with sources. Often this is after merging people.


I also want to merge place details. Let's say I have three places; one that says Dallas, Gaston, North Carolina, United States, one with Adam Kastner Cemetery, Dallas, Gaston, North Carolina, United States, and lastly Kastner Cemetery, Dallas, Gaston, North Carolina, United States. I move the cemetery names to place details. I merge those three place and I get one Dallas, Gaston, North Carolina, United States which is great. But Kastner Cemetery and Adam Kastner are the same, and I would like to get all references changed to Adam Kastner Cemetery (or more properly Old Philadelphia Church Cemetery).



Index error when running dup check after using TreeShare

11 August 2017 - 08:38 PM

I'm in the midst of a massive (attempted) upload to Ancestry. As I'm doing this I'll find issues and try to fix them using the various RM tools. One thing I can cause to happen consistently is doing several TreeShare actions (i.e. both new upload and sync) and then attempting to run the Merge -> Duplicate Scan. Every time I do that I get an index error, and the only possible way to continue is to quit RM and restart. I have submitted the error reports each time this has happened.

"Replace" parents option

09 August 2017 - 06:32 PM

One of the few things MyHeritage Family Tree Builder has that RM doesn't is a replace parents option. It's ironic that they have this considering their lack of any merge capabilities.

In any case I would like to see see replace parents in addition to add and unlink. It would save steps when you have a child attached to the wrong family pair.

"Batch" load of records

07 August 2017 - 06:08 PM

I have a list of births and parents, and a list of deaths. It's an index of birth (and death) records. Is there an easy way to attach them to their respective people in my tree. I happen to have most of these people in a standalone tree that was built solely from public records (i.e. no family or online tree). 


I was thinking I could "batch" load them into the private tree, then merge that tree into my master. I'd then have to merge all the individuals.


I saw at one point someone discussing covering an Excel file into GEDCOM. 


Just looking for suggestions on how to do this with the least loss of details (and time).