I have a minor, but annoying problem when importing from excel. I had to make some adjustments to Surnames, so I exported to excel to do a global alteration, then imported back. However I lost information in the process. I don't know whether it didn't export, or if it did, it doesn't import back.
In the Facts tab I added the Birth & death registration number (see attachments) in the description field. This is where the problem is. It appears the information in this field does not want to either export or import. Is this a bug or am i using the wrong report export? Is this field supposed to appear in an export/import situation? If not could it PLEASE be added to reports as I have spent a lot of time entering that particular information and I don't want to have to do it all again. I have not checked the facts in the marriage section, but I am assuming the same thing happens.
BTW: FTB1 is before export, and FB2 is after import
1.)There are four names in the file that are causing me "grief". I have exported to Excel, adjusted them, But when I import them back the modifications are as they were before I "fixed" them. The weird thing is that extra info is added to them. As an example - not the records concerned - FIRST NAME: William/us, LAST NAME: SMITH. There seems to be a problem with the end of the First Name "running' into LAST NAME, e.g., First Name: William/us LAST NAME US/ US/ US/ SMITH. Every time I modify them in Excel the "US/ " increases by one! Does that make sense?
2.) I fixed the problem by GEDCOM export to another program - Brothers Keeper - fixed the problem, then saved to GEDCOM and imported back to FTB under another name.
I found out later after playing around with custom report that I couldn't do what i wanted. But the Person & Families excel still doesn't add the Description field in Facts. So I would appreciate if you could possibly fix the problems for me.
What is your email address that I can send the .ZED file to? I will let you know which 4 records are causing problems in Point 1. Do you want me to list ALL the records with the desription field problem or just a sample, as there are a LOT with this problem
Firstly, please send me the Zed file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondly. regarding your comment about custom facts as disappearing, can you please explain in greater detail?
Please note that custom facts are per project. This means that if you enter a custom fact for one project, they will not be listed as fact options in another project that you have in Family Tree Builder.
I have experinced an issue with CUSTOM FACTS - all in same database
I created the custom fact RESIDENCE - this is for people places of residence eg electoral rolls. It works etc, but when I SAVE it and then CLOSE the program and then RESTART > I have lost the Custom fact entry ie nothing there at all.
Funny thing is, if I attach a photo etc - then I can still see the photo in the PHOTO section and the association for this PHOTO is with the right person. If I go to that person and click on photos > there are none showing.
I am using ver 5 of the s/ware as I have an issue with broken relationshops on ver 6 (refer other posts)
I have lost a fair bit of work with this custom facts.
Thanks for your reply. Let me explain what is happening now. I have 2 projects - I won't give the real names here - for purposes of this query I'll call them PROJECT & PROJECT2011. Project was the one I originally had problems with, but seem to have sorted that out by using FTB 5209. From PROJECT I exported people & families to excel. I closed PROJECT & opened PROJECT2011 and imported people & famiies files into it, however ALL the information from the description field in facts DID NOT imort to PROJECT2011. There-in lies my problem.
I will send the Zed file by email if you still require it.
I updated to latest version of FTB yesterday. I'm not sure if it is the new version which have the problem or my computer. I add a fader to a child and I get the childs surname as suggestion and I saved. I now try to change the surname and it always auto finish what I type in when I save. Lets say it says "Karlsson" and I try to remove the name all together it will still say "Karlsson". If I just type "K" and save it will say "Karlsson". It is imossible to type in something shorter than the auto finish suggestion.
Importing photos from my MyPictures file in window XP to FTB is definately not user friendly. And I cannot find the import photos Wizard in my FTB program that I see in the tutorial book. The directions in the tutorial usually tell you what it's possible to do but does not give you many step my step instructions. Can anyone please help me find the wizard so I can import photos more easily.
In the new version we now support importing files that were generated from 4 leading genealogy programs into Family Tree Builder. The purpose of this is making it easier for new or existing users to start with any information they may have created before moving to our FTB software.
To facilitate this even further we included a new scanning tool that quickly scans your computer for any lost genealogy file, and lets you choose which ones to import into Family Tree Builder.
The supported file formats include:
·Family Tree Maker files (FTW, FTM or FTMB extensions).
·Personal Ancestral Files (PAF extension).
·Legacy files (FDB extension).
·The Master Genealogist files (TMG, PJC or VER extensions).
To complete the list, remember that we already support importing GEDCOM or Family Tree Legend (FTL) files.
Finally, FTB 5.1 also includes a handful of different bug fixes.
version 5.1 does not import from TMG at all : when searching the computer for files it finds only gedcom files but not the extension 'pjc' which is the extension for TMG files. So import of TMG directly it is not implemented, in spite of all the blurb on importing from 4 specific programmes.
I have a Family Tree Maker 2010 file with over 15,000 people in it. I downloaded this new version of Family Tree Builder and tried to import my FTM file in. It only imported 43 people. I would love to try using something other than FTM but it seems to be almost impossible to get ALL of the data (including media, sources, etc) out of it and in to something else. I also tried importing a backup file (.ftmb) with the same results. Is FTM 2010 supported or does your import only support earlier FTM versions?