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From: Lee Hoffman <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Download Options
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 01:00:12 -0500
Denise Merritt wrote:
>I'm a beginner with TMG who has had my databases in PAF 2.31 for YEARS.
>With about 15,000 individuals in my 7 files I don't know where to begin. Do
>folks suggest I merge all the families into one.
You will probably receive a number of replies recommending both ways of
working. A lot of which is best is what _you_ want. Under TMGv4x, I
preferred a single data set because this allowed me to see all the
inter-relationships among the various families and I have a lot of
that. This prevented a lot of redundant entry of persons, and also reduced
the possibility of data entry error.
With the advent of TMG v5x, a lot of the reasons for having a single data
set have been made moot. You can have many different data set in the same
project yet completely separate. You can copy one or more persons from one
data set to another (within the same project), you can compare persons in
one data set with another in the same project and many other things of this
nature either one at a time or simultaneously.
Having said this, many user still prefer to use a single data set. As I
mentioned earlier, personal preference is probably the major reason. But
the reasons a single data set was desirable in v4x still apply in v5x
albeit with fewer of those reasons being of any great consequence.
When you import your data, you will import each database into a separate
data set. These may be in a single project or in separate projects. For
maximum flexibility, you may prefer separate projects at first although I
would suggest the single project (you can always split them off
later). After they have all been imported, you might consider merging all
data sets into a single (new) data set. Then "play" with the combined data
set and see how you like it. This "play" would not only consist of moving
around in the combined data set, but searching for people, merging
duplicates, creating some test reports, and more. Once you have done this,
then you can decide which seems best to you. If you don't like the
combined data set, you won't have lost anything except for some time and
you will have probably learned a lot about TMG and your data. Then you can
just delete the combined data set and just start using your separate data
sets in TMG.
>I'm generally lost with most of the messages I see as I'm still trying to
>figure out where to begin. It's rather overwhelming when trying to "redo"
>15,000+ people in a database.
I would suggest that you create a "Practice" project with a "Practice"
data set. Enter yourself, siblings, your parents, and grandparents (maybe
a dozen or so folks to start with). Don't be too concerned about accuracy
here. This should be used to see how TMG works. After you do this, keep
the project and use it to try things without fear of corrupting your real
data. After trying things in this data set, you then can feel comfortable
working with your real data.
Hope this helps -
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