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Automatic Conversion of Upper Case Last Names to Mixed Case
David Johnson
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In my searches for people, it is evident that many users employ last names in all capital letters.  I understand that this was a convention in the past to allow people to see the last names easier.  However, for my use of FTB it is painfull to see the content come in with upper case.  I would prefer to not see this inconsistency all over the data that I am merging in with the SmartMatch feature.Some with upper case names some without.

Is there an option somewhere to force imported records to use sentence case for last names?  Basically so I do not need to re-edit every record that uses all caps for last names?  i.e.-  "JOHNSON" would get converted to "Johnson".

In the first 16,000 or so records that I have worked on-- it has become increasingly painful to have to manually adjust these records.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave Johnson

David Johnson
Inver Grove Heights, MN
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RE: Automatic Conversion of Upper Case Last Names to Mixed Case
Arbel Z
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Hi Dave,

Thank you for writing!

 

I think that the best way to handle this in Family Tree Builder, is by using the Find and Replace feature. 

Go to Edit > Find and Replace.

Enter the name in all caps to the find field, and replace it with the form you want it to be.

 

Let me know if this work for you!

Best Regards,

Arbel / MyHeritage.com Team 

Arbel Z
Israel
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RE: Automatic Conversion of Upper Case Last Names to Mixed Case
Ian Bell
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Hi Dave,

I think you will find that a majority of genealogy programs use upper case for last names, in fact I prefer it that way as when you have last names that can also be first names, it can be become quite confusing, i.e., THOMAS and Thomas. How do you convert your names. Do you do each one manually, or in a batch by exporting as an excel file, use "find and replace" then import back to FTB. I have used this method a few times and it works well.

 What do other users think?

Thanks

Ian Bell
Australia
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RE: Automatic Conversion of Upper Case Last Names to Mixed Case [2]
David Johnson
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In my limited use over the last 4 months or so of using MyHeritage.com.  i would guess to say that 80-90 percent of the content I am seeing are using Mixed case for last names.  Maybe I am just using trees that have not recognized the convention.

In general, I am just editing the last names when I do the merge inside of FTB.  If you select the name and then type in the first character it automatically will fill in the name in Mixed case.

This is a little tedious....But it works without having to export/import.

Dave

David Johnson
Inver Grove Heights, MN
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