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From: Alfred Eller <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] Reference numbers
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 20:49:47 -0500
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <006701c8b883$1497d320$0301a8c0@ald><483034E5.email@example.com> <098b01c8b9a9$c6c749a0$640fa8c0@sanfilipa08d70> <008b01c8b9ce$6c25fe90$4471fbb0$@net><firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jackie is mistaken.
Record numbers are not reused in any database.
They may be changed if you export your database to a GEDCOM file and
then import that GEDCOM file into a new database.(You have the option to
keep the original record numbers when importing an RM or FOW database
into a NEW, EMPTY database.)
Packing does not change any record numbers.
Alfred D. Eller
Jackie Wilson Goddard wrote:
> Think of the RM Record number as a line number. If you're familiar with
> spreadsheet programs, each individual record is alloted 1 row with multiple
> cells (each fact). If you delete row 7, the spreadsheet renumbers all the
> remaining rows, so #7 is no longer skipped.
> In RM, the lines are renumbered when you "pack the database" rather than
> right away. But it's the same principle.
> Yes, sometimes when I'm working off a list, I prefer to use the record
> number, particularly when I have multiple individuals with the same given
> name, no middle, same surname. But I work off a current list, so the record
> numbers are also current.