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From: Keith Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] Reference numbers
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 16:00:27 -0400
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The record number is a database index number. As you add or delete
individuals, the index will only build UNTIL, you export a gedcom and
then import. I don't believe that the index number (record number) is
changed when you compress. A number of years ago, there was published a
means of converting the record number to a permanent reference number
fact. This was done by exporting a gedcom and then using a word
processor to find and replace/add the reference number from the record
number. Its probably in the archives of the old FO list. I may have it
in my background if you are interested. Once you did this process, you
would have to maintain manually, the reference number in that fact.

Keith Thompson

Peggy Hooper wrote:
> I have used the Record number assigned by RM in my files names for easy
> finding. What I find is that these numbers change so it really does not help
> me in some cases. I know that I have the option of assigning a Reference
> number and that may be what I need to do. But I guess I don't understand
> reference numbers and the real object of using them.
> Would I have to go through all 20,000 names and assign a number? Why can't
> the record numbers remain static?
> Peggy Hooper
> California Genealogy & History Archives
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Keith Thompson, Worthington, OH
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