Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:38 AM
I used the check for duplicate people facility but cannot get it to come up with what it should do. On the default setting, none of the people who should be merged show up. I have tried fiddling with different settings and the only way I can get the people to be merged to show up is to have no evaluation for given names and it comes up with over 16,000 possibilities from a data set of just over 3,000. It seems to have no regard for dates either, matching my 18 year old daughter with some ggg aunt from the 19th century and they don't even have the same initials. Most of the people to be merged have exact surnames in both sets of information, but don't show up when checking the exact surname or soundex boxes.
What am I doing wrong?
Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:39 AM
If that is true you may be better off restoring to a backup from just before the merge (you did do one then, right?) and redo the GEDCOM import. There are options you might try as part of that import to help with names, depending upon how those names are stored in the GEDCOM file.
As for the date issue, I would look at the Birth tags and see whether their dates were imported as irregular dates.
Does really seem like an import issue to me.
Hope this gives you ideas to try,
Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:28 AM
I did a back up a few days ago, but didn't think to do one before I imported the file :-(.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:26 AM
Maybe some other user will have an idea how to change them to primary. I haven't looked at the TMG Utility, but it might? be able to do something like this? Maybe the "change name parts" feature?
Hope this gives you further ideas,
Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:08 AM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:24 AM
The TMG Utility is a separate program, written by John Cardinal, which can quickly perform large scale, major changes to your TMG project. For more details see here. John offers it as DonorWare, which means you can obtain it for free, but he asks that satisfied users donate in his name to his favorite charity.
I don't know what TMG Utility is and cannot find it anywhere.
I highly recommend it, and find this Utility to be a wonderful tool whenever you have a specific action you wish to take upon your TMG project that involves a lot of people or tags or sources, and you can precisely define which of those should be changed.
Since it can perform significant changes throughout your project all at once, there are some common sense cautions to take whenever using the Utility. First, always back up your project before using the Utility, so if it does something you did not intend you can easily recover. Second, your project must not also be open in TMG at the same time you use the Utility on the project. Third, the Utility defaults to a very useful "Log only" feature of producing a Log file of what it "would have done" but does not actually make the changes. You can review that Log to be sure you are getting exactly what you want before turning off "Log only" and rerunning to actually make the changes.
I have been using TMG since Version 3 and understand your learning curve. If you have not noticed them, I also recommend Terry Reigel's on-line pages of Tips about using TMG found here. Terry is also the author of a Primer for TMG which is an excellent introduction to the program.
I had TMG 4 before and haven't got used to V8 yet.
Welcome to Version 8, and don't hesitate to post new topics if you have questions.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:49 AM
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