I want to bounce something off you guys, especially those who are familiar with RootsMagic. This is the situation. I have three different genealogy databases for my family tree. Way back when I started, it made sense. One database for my Dad’s side, one for the Jones Jackson line, and one for the massive Pacheco de Braga clan.
I should have listed this under Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post last week. Because if I knew then what I know now, I would not have created three separate databases. I would have created only one.
Sure, at the time it made sense. God only know what logic I used at the time! Maybe it was because it was around 1988-1990 when I got my first genealogy sofware, The Leading Edge (a program I loved, by the way) It could be that it had limits on the amount of people in a database or maybe it was easier to navigate by separate the different sides of my tree. At any rate, it makes no sense now.
I will combine the databases using GEDCOM files (unless there is a better way). All of my databases have custom fields. They are more or less consistent on place names.
This is what I’d like feedback on. What problems will I encounter by combining these three databases? I know that I will have some duplicate people because I input parts of the ancestral line into all the databases mainly for reports. I plan to make the Pacheco-de Braga database my base and delete duplicate family members from the other two prior to importing. That should cut down on the amount of people I need to merge.
I know that my biggest problem will be with any duplicates that I have to merge. Once I merge them I may have to clean up duplicate custom fact fields.
What will happen to my custom fact fields? Will I lose any when I do the import?
Is there anything else I should consider prior to combining the three databases?
I will work off a new database rather than importing into an existing one. That way if I screw up, I won’t mess up the work I have. I will make backups but this will be an extra way to ensure that I can go back if the whole thing doesn’t work right.
If anyone has tips for me I will appreciate it! Thanks for any and all help!
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com