Apologies if this has been covered in other posts.
I had a problem when importing a people spreadsheet from EXCEL. I was getting an "incorrect header", even though I had copied the header across from an exported CSV file. This was solved by editing the header on the first column from
ï»¿"ID 1 I UTF-8" to ID 1 I UTF-8
However, when trying to import families from a CSV file, the following error occurred - 0 families were successfully imported from the file. This was after editing the header on the first column. Even importing an exported families file with some modifications to the row did not result in the modifications being updated.
To update this topic. I sent an email support request to MyHeritage.Their response
"Thanks for contacting us. There is a bug for the problem you report. The developers have been notified. We are working to fix the problem as soon as we can. I apologize for any inconvenience. We will update you on regarding this matter.
The good thing is that there is a bug, and now we wait.
When my family first started doing family history, it was fascinating just to find relatives, and we went darting all over the place tracing roots and branches. That excitement builds trees with tens of thousands of people in them. It's easy to get fascinated with the numbers. For collectors of names and dates, the goal is to see how many they can get. That's fun for sure, and the Smart Matches are a good tool for stretching the total.
At a genealogy seminar last month, the speaker (a professional genealogist of 30 years experience) said, "Family history is more than just names and dates. It is the story of people, the way they lived and the times in which they lived." She wen ton to demonstrate how different types of research can be linked together to build a more colorful picture of a family.
That made sense to me, so for the last month I've been going more deeply into the life of my great-grandfather, following him from cradle to grave, as the saying is.
By focusing on where each member of his family (parents. uncles, aunts, in-laws) was at various times, and by reading local histories for those places and times, I've gained insight into their travel patterns, the reasons why they moved when and where they did. I've discovered fascinating connections that I would never have found otherwise, and uncovered fascinating stories (such as the fact that my GGgrandfather moved onto the homestead of a murder victim some six months after the crime). I've come to understand more about the way they lived and the challenges they faced.
It's a heck of a lot of fun, and I'm amazed at how much I can learn 150 years after the fact. So when any of you tire of smart matches, or hit a "brick wall", or just want to take a break from building a tree numerically, try picking an individual or a particular branch of the family and digging deep.
A very helpful insight into in-depth research and something I would like to do too. A bit later.
I have two trees (mine and hers) and am concentrating on my wife's at the moment. Doing it slowly, checking all possible information with a family record, a website record (brotherton; amazing, have a glance at it, 'Rockett') and available extracts of official documents (BDM, you know the one I mean). It will be a lot more accurate than mine which needs review. Still a lot of fairly close relations to be entered or details checked and added to. Great aunts, second and third cousins...
It has been worth while to explore family lines that become a bit remote, there are some interesting insights there and it is surprising how many of those lines lead back again to the closer family.
But soon I want to keep those trees as 'working' trees and have a second tree for each of us, without the remote relations; maybe as a sort of Saved tree, not connected to Smart Matches and such. Not sure how to do that yet...
I'm guessing that Brotherton refers to the town in Yorkshire, specifically the site here.
Wish it weren't so bloody expensive to order those official records. $33 AUD, $45 CAD, and all you get (in my case at least) is a single photocopied page with a government stamp to make it official. My father was one of 13 children so it will be several hundred dollars just to do his family, multiplied times three for B/M/D. Makes genealogy an expensive hobby.
Vital Statistics, yes. Yes that is the brotherton site. If you click on ROCKETT down the left side, all the ones in Australia are my wife's close family. Her mother's name was Daisy Vera Arnold. About four closely typed pages. I look up the BDM details in the extracts in my wife's, er, other company subscription. It's her tree, after all. And if I peek for a few of my relations, too...
I seldom order full death (say) certificates; if I do it is usually for the DEATH of the mother of the family because it lists all her children with names and ages or age at death. Can't remember if father's death certificate also shows that. Maybe. Anyway you get info about the whole mother-children family for the cost of one certificate. Shows marriages too.
Why do people ignore the accuracy of the information that they enter?
I also suggest that one should ALWAYS run the check for duplictes EVERY time that they import data . It can eliminate very serious problems at a future date. I am in the process of manually removing duplicates at the present time. I estimate that it is going to require a couple of months to complete this task.
Also-- I have noticed that people are more concerned in building up the quantity of names in their project rather that the quality of the information entered.
Francisco, did you look at the top of the FTB toolbar? Click on Tools, Check for Duplicates ?
In FTB6 it shows a printed list of possible duplicates and gives you the opportunity to make changes (click on Ignore, etc.) Warren you might still be on FTB6.
I have changed to FTB 7 and that has a MUCH better system, it shows the 'cards' of potential duplicates side by side. You have the opportunity to mark the suggested pair "Ignore" ; or click on the name and bring up the 'card'.
But does anyone know what to do if you want to remove one of them? It looks as though you have to (just fooling around here);
cancel the 'card' that was brought to your screen; and then you will find the tree view of the person already on your screen. Drag the 'Check for Duplicates' box to one side if it is in your way; then you right click in the coloured section of the card of the duplicate person you want to remove (the one you clicked on in the Check for Duplicates box in the first place); Click on Person and Delete Person.
It works and it is easy.
P.S. In a lot of cases in my tree a child has died as an infant and a later child has been given the same or almost the same name. I have two screens on my computer so I will bring up the web site on the other screen and look at the names and dates of birth and death of the siblings, to know if they really are duplicates. G.
I have noticed that people are more concerned in building up the quantity of names in their project rather that the quality of the information entered.
Unfortunately true. Genealogy is more than names and dates.
This fall I started focusing on a single ancestor, digging in depth into his life and times and the people (relatives or not) around him, and it has been a fascinating project.
One intriguing finding was that my subject bought the farm of a man who had just been murdered...fortunately, said ancestor wasn't in the territory at the time or I'd suspect him of bumping the guy off for his land...
It's probably the same problem I had. It was fixed by updating FTB. The latested version seems to have fixed it. The problem is that I lost now all notes; I hope the same has not happened to you as it really sucks.
I am having the same problem. I was able to go to I think it was the reports tab and at the bottom, export. And then I was able to choose to export the notes to excel. They are there now, but it is the only way I can get to them.
This may be a fairly long post but I hope you can bear with me.
I am trying to export a GEDCOM file to Brother's Keeper V6.6. (NOT to use in that program, but to reindex the file numbers then import back to FTB). The GEDCOM is part of a large family file of nearly 4000 names. Initially there are only 90 names for export, and with descendants & spouses it makes a total of 506 names. The original ID numbers are exported. (They range from 2100 to 3939). But the home person (#3763) is NOT at top of the list. (#2100 occupies this position).
I am exporting to Brother's Keeper because it renumbers the ID's from 1 to 506. This means that file #2100 is #1 and #3763 is now #321. Is there anyway to get #321 (3673 in FTB) to #1?
for some reason when I tryed to open my tree on FTB keep getting a error message never had before so I inported a back up copy into FTB but then it said need to SYNC so I said yes 15 hours later still nothing so very slow then seen a message on the log saying failure reason zip fial error never seen this before and never loaded any zip file can sombody tell me what is going on I even downloaded FTB three times and have current version but still slow and never completed SYNC
I have already answered you by e-mail regarding your issue. Since this Forum is public and your case needs a further investigation and private information regarding your account, it's better if we keep the communication through your private e-mail.
Ian, I'm a bit of a newbie, so there may well be other more straightforward ways to do what you want, but I think I can do what you want, and without using Brothers Keeper.
I've been poking around GEDCOMs myself, because I want to use ancestor.com as well as FTB.
The secret is that when FTB imports a GEDCOM, it renumbers the IDs from 1 as well. I did a little experiment. I exported four of my individuals to a GEDCOM and imported them right back into FTB. The new project had four people with IDs 1-4. But I couldn't choose which person was #1.
If you feel comfortable using MS Word (or Notepad or Wordpad), I can tell you what to do to the GEDCOM to make a person become ID 1. A GEDCOM is just a text file, so it's nothing magical. However, if Word and the idea of cutting and pasting give you the willies, you'd better not try it, although I could do it for you.
Tell me your comfort level with Windows and Word, and we can take it from there.
Hi Lewis thanks for your reply. Obviously you are using V7 of FTB, as V6 DOES NOT renumber the IDs. I refuse to use V7 UNTIL ALL THE BUGS ARE ELIMINATED as I don't want to lose 25 - 30 years of work! Even though I have backup on memory stick. If you have a work around for V6 it would be most appreciated.
I use a laptop for all my genealogy work, including FTB V6. I have installed V7 on a PC to "fiddle around" with FTB. That is how I discovered that V7 will renumber. Maybe I could do as you say on V7 and export back to V6!!!
I am pretty well conversant with Word and Notepad. In fact I have my own website, which I have built from scratch, so I shouldn't have any problems. I have 13 different families on my site, with a 14th to be added if this current one works out OK! I eventually intend to add a composite tree of ALL the families. But this involves a lot of editing as a lot of the names are common to up to 4 different trees. So I have to eliminate the duplicates, triplicates, and possibly quadruplicates, then make them all link properly.
Well I held off until now on changing to the new FTB.
But when my grandson was updating stuff (so I can scan a whole, fortunately loose-leaf, family record from an old aunt) he said,'Oh, your family tree program wants to update, I guess you want to do that', and when I said 'NO' he said,'too late'.
Anyway it seem to have settled down pretty much and I only do the simple, 'idiot level' stuff so it should be okay.
Aha! I'm sure that's very wise of you. As I said, I'm a newbie, and arrived after the advent of V7. After browsing the forums, I can tell you that I will definitely not be testing out V6. I'm not going to let it near my computer. In fact, I don't trust synchronisation, and I move my tree from the online site to FTB via a GEDCOM. When it nags me to synchronise, I always reply, no thank you.
And oh, BTW, I'm from Canada, but most of my family is from Oz.
I think my workaround will work with V6. First, I assume that the main thing you are interested in is getting a particular person to be #1. That's all. You are not so concerned with what the other id numbers are. Also, you said that all the id numbers are big; there is definitely no person with ID 1 right now. With that out of the way, here's what you can do.
Export the people you are interested in to a GEDCOM.
Go to the GEDCOM file and rename it to have a .txt extension. For example if it's called "My stuff.ged", rename it to "My stuff.txt". Windows will warn you that bad things might happen, but that's ok. Do it.
Edit the file with Word. It might want to use Notepad or Wordpad, but I think Word is best. Word may warn you that it's just a text file. That's fine.
Look at the file. You'll see your info there, and each line will be preceded with something like "1 NAME". The beginning of each person is signiified by a line starting with "0 @Innn@ INDI". This refers to individual (I) number nnn.
Find the person you want to be #1. For example, it might be "0 @I2342@ INDI". So the person you want to be #1 is currently #2342.
Use the Word Replace menu choice to change all occurrences of "@I2342@" to @I1@". Change ALL the occurrences, as 2342 will be repeated for anyone who has a link (sibling, spouse, etc) to your person. Don't forget the "I".
Save the file.
Rename it back to a .ged. So change "My stuff.txt" to "My stuff.ged". Again, Windows will get nervous and warn you.
Hi Lewis, you said: "After browsing the forums, I can tell you that I will definitely not be testing out V6." Did you mean V7?
Thanks for the tip. I'll try that over the next day or 2.
Speaking of Canada, the tree I'm concerned with at the moment (the one that this post is about) is to do with Canada. I was surprised by the lack of information on line, in particular Manitoba. I ordered a death certificate on line, their Vital Statistics people took my money from my Credit Card. I queried them why I hadn't received the documentation (I gave all the relevant details) and they said , "Oh it will take 6 - 8 weeks to process it." 6-8 weeks to photocopy the document and post it! I'll be lucky to receive it by Christmas! The maximum in Oz is about a fortnight and UK about 3 weeks! Yet BC have a lot of their records digitized which helped a lot as I managed to download a few at NO COST! (Manitoba charged me $12 Canadian)
Enough of the ranting. I'll let you know how I get one.
No, I've been using V7 since the start. I don't want V6 on my computer.
NSW has been very prompt with their certificates, but $30 per document is outrageous. The British GRO is a lot slower (3 weeks as you say), but no real complaints.
So far I have not had to deal with Canadian records. When I start on my wife's ancestry, I'm sure it will (not) be fun, as her ancestors come from Manitoba and before that, Ukraine. Cryillic lessons, anyone?