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GEDCOM download changes wives last names from maiden to married name

GEDCOM download changes wives last names from maiden to married name

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 7:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Apr 2013 7:52AM GMT
I have been trying to download my GEDCOM file repeatedly, so I can upload it to another genealogy site. After downloading the file and uploading to the other site, when I view the tree, a lot of the wives' names have changed from their maiden name as I had in my Ancestry.com tree, to their married last name. For some reason, the GEDCOM file seems to be looking at "alternate" names taken from attached census and residence records, and then using that name when it displays the pedigree chart. I recognized an unusual spelling of a few names as being from census records. The only fix I've found is to delete the census record, which I would rather not have to do since it establishes when people lived in various places. Why does the GEDCOM download change the names like this? Why can't it just use the main name that I've entered in the name fields?

Re: GEDCOM download changes wives last names from maiden to married name

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
You need to establish where the corruption occurs. It is either on the conversion TO GEDCOM or the conversion FROM GEDCOM on the upload to the target software. My money is on the later!
Since you have the GEDCOM file on your PC, open it with wordpad or notepad or something similar, NOT a ‘proper’ word processing program; then search for one of the corrupted names. Compare the lines in the file for this person with someone who does not get corrupted. A good entry should look like:--
0 @I25@ INDI
1 REFN 25
1 NAME Annie /Smith/
1 NAME Annie /Jones/
1 SEX F
1 CHAN
2 DATE 05 MAR 2007
1 BIRT
2 DATE 1898
With Smith being the maiden name. This should show which conversion is at fault.
Rob

Re: GEDCOM download changes wives last names from maiden to married name

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 2:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
OK, I'll try that. But right off the bat, when I read where you said, "Since you have the GEDCOM file on your PC", it made me wonder if this problem may have something to do with the fact that I don't have a PC. I have a Mac. Could that for some reason be the problem?

Re: GEDCOM download changes wives last names from maiden to married name

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 4:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
No a GEDCOM is a GEDCOM. Reguardless of the platform IBM PC or Mac PC.

So in a text editor NOT A WORD PROCESSOR open the GEDCOM and review the individual. My guess is that the target database probably only allows one NAME tag and it picks up the second one last (overlaying the) first one. This was common in programs at one time.
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