Today, I tired of the constant searching for folks who I know are in my database but I just don’t know which one! So, I took the plunge! I decided to merge all my databases into one big database!
I’ve never done it before but it’s something that I just felt I had to do!
So, what are the results of my merge? OMG!!!! My mother-in-law does not have twelve spouses, she only had two! I don’t have five brothers named Charles, I only have one! Yikes!!!!
That was my initial reaction. However, I’m not as freaked out anymore. This is actually a good thing. It will force me to go through each and every detail and make sure everything is correct! It also forced me to just erase all my “Master Sources” so that it would be easier to merge the individuals who need it.
Some folks would probably think I am losing my mind but I am serious about this. Now, when I am wondering where to find a certain someone I can find him quickly. I may find five or six of him but I will find him.
In the long run, this will help me out so tremendously. I’ll finally be able to get all my digital sources sorted out, I’ll finally be able to apply those sources and, if I play my cards right, I’ll finally get all my sources entered in with the proper citations!
What is the moral of this story? If you are new to genealogy, my advice would be to focus on keeping just ONE database. You may have several programs accessing that database but only keep ONE! It may make sense to you to have a separate file for each of your lines but don’t fall for that logic! It will create nothing but headaches!
Now, back to the real world and trying to erase all these spouses for my mother-in-law. What? I didn’t know my wife had been married twice!
Have a great weekend everyone!