Source merging when you merge family files

Tip version: 33.2

Modified date: 13 May 2001

Software version: v5.2 and above

The Generations software gives you the option to include sources when you merge two family files (.uds files). The program will attempt to consolidate sources as the merge is done. That is, if you have the same source in both files, it will merge links to only one copy of that source in the source list of the combined file.

This situation may arise from a user starting with one family file, then splitting it into two parts so that each is of a more manageable size. This was reasonably frequent with the older software (v4.2 and earlier) as that software had a limit of 30,000 people per family file. Sources which were in the family file before the split are present in both versions of the family file.

A source in the first Generations family file and a source in the second Generations family file will be combined if they are identical. If the text in one of the component fields of a source is different between the two versions, the program will not do the merge but will rather keep the source seperate. This can be a small a difference as a single extra space between two words in a component field which is present in both of the family files. If, on the other hand, there is an extra component field in one of the sources but they are otherwise the same, the two sources will be combined with all of the component fields in the final version of the source.

For example, if two sources are otherwise identical but there is an entry in say, the "Library/Archive" component in one of them but not the other, the resulting source will include the "Library/Archive" field in the final version.

Regards, Mike Hobart

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