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In order to quickly spot all my immigrant ancestors, I attached an asterisk to the end of the person's first name. It also lets me attach the immigrant icon. Now, many years later, I know that this asterisk interferes with the matching algorithms at all the companies. I've been hoping their programming would eventually correct this, but the problem is just getting worse. I thought TMGU's Find/Replace facility would let me remove these asterisks, but I can't find how to do it. (1) How do I identify the first name as the target in TMGU? Or is there another way (besides manually)? (2) Has anyone found a way to accomplish what I want? And, oh by the way, (3) How to make direct ancestors stand out? I already use a pedigree icon in SS that shows up on person pages and in the index, but I'm thinking of the situation where one is looking at a person page for someone who has multiple children. To find the one child who is in my direct line, I now have to click on all of them to see their relationship to me. Ideally, I could use a flag that would cause the name field  for each direct line person to display in color or italics or something distinctive, and of course that would carry forward via GEDCOM or transfer and on to SS, GS, GP.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Doris Wheeler

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Doris,

It doesn't look like you can access the Given Name field from Find and Replace.

I think you need to use Change Name Parts. It's easy to find a Given name ending with the asterisk but it's not obvious to me how to remove it. I think it requires some techniques I've used but forgotten. 

I expect John Cardinal to see your post soon and explain how to do it.

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