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From: "wim prange" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] Surname cleanup
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 20:51:06 +0100
One of the reasons why I'm searching for a new genealogy program was the
availability of a "PreSurname" field because of indexes etc. My own surname
for instance has changed from "te Prange" to "van de Prange" to "Prange". I
want them all to sort as Prange. The same applies to a lot of other surnames
in my family-file.
In my opinion a good database should store information only once. In this case
there should be a table with only one fieldentry with the name Prange. In all
the name-records there should only be reference to this field-entry, not the
name itself. This is a bad design.
[Van: James P. Colgate [mailto:]
[Verzonden: donderdag 20 februari 2003 20:38
[Onderwerp: Re: [TMG] Surname cleanup
[Just a thought, but if you already have the entire
[surname "van de jones", etc. in the surname field,
[you could ignore the PreSurname field and continue
[typing the entire surname in the ordinary surname
[field. In other words, just because TMG give you added
[flexibility of the extra field, it's not required that
[you use it.
[--- wim prange <> wrote:
[> Hi All,
[> I've just recently bought TMG 5.04. Have imported my
[> data from my previous
[> program which didn't have a PreSurname-field. I have
[> a lot of people in my
[> database who have "te", "de", "van de" etc. in their
[> Surnames so have to clean
[> up my Surnames.
[> I've looked everywhere in the program and helpfile
[> but I can't find a way to
[> do this in a "batch-operation". Do I really have to
[> go to every instance of
[> these names and changes this manually?
[> Wim Prange
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