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From: "Gordon Banks" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] GECOMs
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 12:31:45 -0800
I imported one of about 8000 names with a lot of trepidation, since I had
previously had problems with bugs in the merging process. It seems to have
worked OK this time.
First, make a backup of your data before you import. When you import, you
must merge everything manually. The imported people won't even be in the
same dataset after the import until you merge the datasets. Once you merge
the datasets, there will be duplicate people with the same name (in my case
different names a lot of the time, but the same people: back in the middle
ages, they often had multiple ways of refering to the same person). You
will have to merge each of those manually. Then, you have to merge every
tag manually, as after each merge, there could be duplicate tags. If you
just delete tags, you will lose any source information attached to the
The alternative to doing this is to type all the data in manually for the
people in the GEDCOM. A bit slower than merging them, but less dangerous.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linda Lambert [mailto:]
> Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 9:15 AM
> Subject: [TMG] GECOMs
> At the risk of sounding like a real ditz, I'd like some help/feedback on
> something I'm proposing to do. I need some devils' advocates to tell me
> what mess I could be considering getting myself into.
> Until recently, I've resisted the idea of importing GEDCOMs to my
> data, but
> I've been given one that is quite sizeable and I don't want to do all the
> data entry manually.
> My concern is this......some of the individuals may be the same as what I
> have. Will TMG overwrite my data (with the sources and all) with the new
> information? Will it accept two people with the same names so
> that I do a
> manual merge later on?
> What am I looking forward to? Should I do this? What is the best way to
> assimilate this information into my database without screwing up 30 years
> worth of work?
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