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Merging Trees

Merging Trees

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 5:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Looking for anyone who has successfully merged two trees with Family Tree Maker! Need ANY hints and help in merging mine and my husband's family trees!

Re: Merging Trees

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 7:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Feb 2013 7:17PM GMT

1) I would read all the Help files

2) Make small files of only one family and practice.

3) Look to see how many individuals in common the two files might have. Consider splitting files so as to merge as few people as possible with each merge. You don't want to be merging two files that have 1,000 people in common.

Since you are merging a mom's side and dad's side, you shouldn't have too many people in commnon. Do you have any cousin marriages above the parents that make them related to each other? I would consider disconnecting cousin marriages, or make note of them and look at them after the merge to see that cousin marriages didn't end up with duplicate spouses from different trees.

Re: Merging Trees

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 1:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for getting back to me and all of the advice! Hopefully I will be able to figure it out?? I do have cousins in the same family tree that married! Do you have disconnect them from the relationship tab?

Re: Merging Trees

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 4:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Feb 2013 4:36PM GMT
No, you disconnect them from the menu in the People Workspace:

Person > Attach/Detach > Detach

Keep a list of them so that you can search for whether these people were duplicated after the merge and so that you can reconnect them.

Re: Merging Trees

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 9:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Another way to do it is to just "add" the tree without merge and then merge individual people, that you know are the same person.

I did that once when adding a whole new branch but I knew that only ONE person would be a duplicate.

Re: Merging Trees

Posted: 24 Feb 2013 2:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, that's the best way to merge.
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