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Do you create just one family database OR a database for every family you're researching?

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Re: Do you create just one family database OR a database for every family you're researching?

Posted: 5 Jan 2013 9:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Jan 2013 10:20PM GMT
It's true that FTM scales very poorly. The more of anything it has to deal with, the slower it is. It shouldn't, however, have much trouble with the numbers you've mentioned unless you have multiple media items per person.

I would merge these tree files, however, if you have a lot of overlap. There's no sense in duplicating information and media. That only invites errors and omissions and wastes your time. I personally would only leave them separate (from an research/organizational standpoint) if I had a compelling reason to do so.

(Edit: Added PS below)

It's generally bad form to include surnames in a posting in a forum for genealogy software. That makes this discussion thread show up in searches people do for those surnames, and this discussion isn't related to researching those names. It only adds to the clutter someone must wade through with an interest in those names. As a Norwegian researcher, I'm sure this is something you can appreciate. There are a limited number of patronyms that we're all researching, and farm names, although more unique, tend to be repeated as well in their many varieties.

We benefit as a community when we restrict ourselves to using the "surnames" field only for postings directly related to those surnames. My advice to you is that you edit your original posting and delete those surnames. If your goal is to connect with others researching similar names and farms, then post something specific in an appropriate forum.
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NorskyGal 4 Jan 2013 6:00PM GMT 
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NorskyGal 4 Jan 2013 6:53PM GMT 
keithnuttle 4 Jan 2013 7:06PM GMT 
serenity20061 5 Jan 2013 9:56PM GMT 
NorskyGal 5 Jan 2013 10:12PM GMT 
tulrose 5 Jan 2013 10:26PM GMT 
silverfox3280 5 Jan 2013 11:08PM GMT 
NorskyGal 5 Jan 2013 11:16PM GMT 
MarcoScavo 6 Jan 2013 4:48AM GMT 
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