[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] How to import GEDCOM files to Legacy

Sigrid Pohl Perry perry1121 at aol.com
Sun Nov 23 07:02:19 PST 2014


If you want to compare data in your existing Legacy file with 
information in another GEDCOM you have received, you can first import 
the GEDCOM data into a separate Legacy file. Then you can view the two 
files in "split screen" and look up families in each through the "name 
list." You can even just copy over selected individuals or immediate 
families into your own file without merging in the entire file. I have 
done that when a friend in SGGEE has shared a file with me, but we share 
only some extended family ancestors, not everyone. Then I have that data 
with sources for those individuals without doing a complete merge.

Sigrid Pohl Perry

On 11/22/2014 11:48 PM, Gary Warner wrote:
> Jeff,
> If you are importing new data into Legacy, during the import process 
> Legacy will ask you to assign a source to the data being imported. I 
> strongly suggest that you always assign a source to any data that you 
> receive from others.   That way you will always be able to tell who 
> provided specific data by looking at the source ID for any given 
> record.   Giving a source ID to all imported records also allows you 
> to delete that data later if you determine that it is not as good as 
> it first appeared.   Be careful about deleting any records containing 
> a specific ID, however, because if you have merged any of the imported 
> records with your personal data, then deleting all records that 
> contain the source ID imported will also delete your personal data for 
> those merged records.
> Once you import data into your file, you will have to go through the 
> merge process to make sure that you merge all duplicate records. Note 
> that if extended family sends you data, that there will ALWAYS be 
> duplicate records after the import.   during the merge process in 
> Legacy, you will be presented with all of the differences in the 
> records to be merged, and you will have to decide which data to keep, 
> and which to discard.   If you do not know which data is correct, then 
> you will have to add some notes or make some event entries to note the 
> lack of ability to merge.
> Remember that the merge process is permanent, and it can be very 
> difficult to undo merged records, so be careful in what you do. AND 
> merges almost continuously for more than a dozen years, and I still 
> make mistakes when merging.   It is only because I have backups of the 
> original file, and a copy of the data being imported that I can manage 
> to undo my mistakes.
> When you finish the merge, make sure that you do a Search using 
> Legacy's Search button (the magnifying glass).  Look at the 
> Miscellaneous tab in the search criteria find the following: 
> "Individuals with multiple parents".   Sometimes you do not finish a 
> merge completely when you think you have, and sometimes you make an 
> error that causes some persons in your data to have two sets of 
> parents.   If the parents are the same and need to be merged further, 
> than do a manual merge to eliminate the duplicates.  If, on the other 
> hand you discover in this search that you have records where the 
> parents are obviously different people, then you have some un-merging 
> to do.
> Gary
> On 11/22/2014 2:57 PM, Jeff Krebs wrote:
>> Gary Warner
>> Would you please post the method used to safely import data from 
>> shared GEDCOM files into Legacy.  I've received a few GEDCOM files 
>> from family over the years and I'd like to import to my Legacy 
>> database, but I've been very hesitant about the process.
>> Thank you,
>> Jeff Krebs
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