Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A bit more about Export of a Branch

My Family Tree database has grown far too big, processing takes forever and often ends in errors that result in the automatic closing of the file. So I am now trying to figure out how to separate it into multiple and meaningful trees. I was hoping that the export of a branch would simplify that process. Sadly, that is not the case.

When you export a branch of your family tree FTM the Export Branch Wizard automatically filters the project to relatives (ancestors and  descendents) of the selected person and does not include the ancestors of spouses

Initially I was frustrated by that restriction, but after testing I finally understand why that is necessary.

I am NOT a genealogist and my Family Tree is probably an excellent example of what a real genealogist would NOT do. So please avoid making some of my mistakes. The size and content of my tree is an prime example of not planning ahead.

I have built my Family Tree with one of my grandchildren in mind. He is the root person on that tree and I have diligently located and included in his tree everyone I can find that is some how related to him. Consequently over the years I have created a monster that I am having extreme difficulty in managing.

He has deep family roots connecting him to ancient times on multiple sides of the family. He is connected to princes and  kings from several different family lines. As a result his tree is not at all shaped like a tree but instead is more wheel shaped and the spokes of that wheel connect him multiple times to individuals and back around a different path back to himself.

This is exactly why the branch export does not include the ancestors of spouses. For if it did, any export of a branch would likely result in the export of the entire database. That would hardly be helpful.

Exporting a branch does not remove those individuals from the source database and having that capability would allow me to pare off some branches into separate files and begin to whittle the large database down to size.

At the moment I am stymied and seem to be faced with only one alternative; the brute force solution. What I mean is to duplicate the monster and then family by family delete those individuals I do not want in that new tree. I have done this with one branch and the pain level I experienced was not pleasant and because I am human and make mistakes I am quite sure that I removed familys that I should not have. So my new tree is probably already corrupted by my errors.

At this point I am unsure of how to proceed.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Issue with Exporting a Branch

Following the export of a branch of my family tree with FTM 2014 I have found issues with the resulting file.

I have corrected several families where the parents are both connected and disconnected from each of their children. The only way I have found these issues is that I have stumbled upon them. I assume I will continue to stumble upon them as time passes. 

This post documents an example of that issue and my procedure for correcting it.

The parents shown below do correctly reflect their children.     

However, their children do not reflect that relationship as the parents of Patsy are missing.

The details about a child also correctly reflect the relationship with her parents.

The way I corrected these is tedious!  I tried several approaches and finally settled on the following because it works.  I click the Person tab for the child with the issue

Then I click Attach/Detach Person and then Detach Selected Person.

I select both Fathers and Mothers and click OK and once that quickly processes I immediately click the Person tab again and select Add Person and then Add Father.

and then I select the appropriate father and then click ok.

 Then I select Existing family and click ok.

 The final results now reflect the relationship of Patsy to her parents.

         This procedure must be done for each child in the family!