Merge Places (Locations) via Your Genealogy Software

RootsMagic, Legacy, & Family Tree Maker can merge places (locations).

A quote: Enter your locations so that there will be no misunderstanding by other researchers as to the location you are trying to express.
Quote from an Oct. 2009 LegacyNews.Typepad
.com site.

Merging places (locations) is similar on all three software programs. While all three programs allow you to merge multiple places (locations) simultaneously, I ***STRONGLY SUGGEST***starting with just two places. To my knowledge there is no “unmerge” if you goof. Trust me on this — it’s far easier to fix one of those if you are only merging two places.

Utilizing the information from prior articles, How to Enter Counties in Genealogy Databases & Using Abbreviations in Locations, you should now know how you want the data to appear on most of everything in places (locations).

[box] When I found the “golden rule” on the Legacy news article (link below), I knew I had to use it on IdoGenealogy.net. (See image.) Between you & me, I felt ever so much better about the way I enter counties after seeing this rule.[/box]

Never hurts to read a few things before you start.

In the following paragraphs are several articles on the merge location action as well as the quick way to find help on this merge within the software.

 

Never hurts to read a few things before you start.

In the following paragraphs are several articles on the merge location action as well as the quick way to find help on this merge within the software.

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Check Those Boxes Again & Use In ‘Situ’ Where Possible

There may be a box you haven’t even checked at all!

A Hodge Podge of "Stuff".
© Lynda Peach.

This afternoon my hubby asked me to check on several large plastic tubs plus an old trunk that is part of his family memorabilia. I was sure his sister & I had gone through all of them two years ago. But I was wrong. There was one trunk that we overlooked. Maybe we thought we’d get to it and just ran out of time.

Some of what I found was just a “hodge-podge” of family stuff but really nothing to throw away. At least not until a closer investigation is made. But there were treasures to be found.

What do you do when you don’t have time to deal with artifacts but you cannot leave them the way they are?

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Close the Database File Before Closing Your Genealogy Program

Family Tree Maker is especially ‘picky‘ about program closure with a file still open.

When you start the program the next time, you see a heart-stopping message about your file. I’ve even had FTM state it could not open the file.

The “fix” that has worked for me thus far (before I finally created a habit of always closing the file first, THEN closing the program) is to compact the file.

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