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Old 27 July 2018, 02:09 PM
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I had one family in one file and another family in another file. I have just realised that file A has a brother and file B has the other brother. The parents are the same, I need to combine these two files together...How can I combine the two files without having to re type everything again.
Make a backup copy of each file before proceeding. Then, import file A into file B (or vise verse). This is done by opening one family file and choosing File -> Import -> Reunion Family File. Then, selecting the other file from the window that opens and clicking Open. Next, in the window that drops down, select the appropriate options (i.e., possibly All people, All sources, Import multimedia links, etc.) and click Import at the bottom.

Finally, you will need to use Reunion's Match and Merge People feature (by choosing File -> Match and Merge People) to merge the duplicated records (i.e., the parents and other ancestors) into one. Before using this feature, I highly recommend reading the manual page titled "Match & Merge People." It describes how the process works. One way to get to that section is to open your manual by choosing Help -> Contents. Then, click on the Bookmarks icon (the brown bookmark at the top of the manual page) and select "Match & Merge" from the menu.

I hope you find this information helpful in combining both family files
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Old 27 July 2018, 05:18 PM
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Thanks Deb, most helpful.
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Old 27 July 2018, 06:42 PM
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Finally, you will need to use Reunion's Match and Merge People feature (by choosing File -> Match and Merge People) to merge the duplicated records (i.e., the parents and other ancestors) into one. Before using this feature, I highly recommend reading the manual page titled "Match & Merge People."
Make a back up of the new file, and be very careful of how you name all 4 of them, and, as soon as possible (but not too soon) delete the backups
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Old 27 July 2018, 11:53 PM
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You can also create a flag called "Stray" and set that flag for each unrelated (stray) person. In preferences, you can then make your flags appear in the Person button, so if you were to click on their name in the Person column, perhaps wondering who they are (this is if you did NOT do the "person collector" thing, which I actually like now that I've seen this idea from Paul), and are in Family View, you would see "Flag: Stray" show up on their person button.
Yes, I use the 'unlinked' flag too. But with hundreds of them, among tens of thousands of people with similar names, listing by flag was too coarse.

My sub-par organizational skills often made me mutter "I know this family sounds familiar, but where'd I put them??" I was pleasantly surprised how well collectors by region work.
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Old 28 July 2018, 07:16 AM
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My sub-par organizational skills often made me mutter "I know this family sounds familiar, but where'd I put them??" I was pleasantly surprised how well collectors by region work.
in Reunion 12, you can use the "islands" feature to keep track of who's connected to who.
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Old 25 September 2018, 10:38 PM
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in Reunion 12, you can use the "islands" feature to keep track of who's connected to who.
Thanks, Dennis, but that wouldn't work in this case.

The file in question is for like-surname immigrants to the U.S., and their descendants. The immigrants usually aren't linked to parents or a larger family, so each is an island. There are at least 100 large groups, and the inevitable slew of 1- and 2-person islands.

When it becomes necessary to temporarily place a new find, the commonly-known factoids are often just name and location. Thus location-based collectors, but I have other collector types, too.

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Old 04 November 2018, 01:12 AM
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Yes, I use the 'unlinked' flag too. But with hundreds of them, among tens of thousands of people with similar names, listing by flag was too coarse.

My sub-par organizational skills often made me mutter "I know this family sounds familiar, but where'd I put them??" I was pleasantly surprised how well collectors by region work.
Yes, Paul, I agree the flags are clumsy and I actually haven't used them all that much in the past couple of years myself.

BUT, your Collector idea is fantastic and I've used it with great success. Simply by grouping stray people of the same surname and from the same place, I've been able to see that (for example) I have three people who look like siblings because of their birth years and all being born in the same place. When they were just in a long People sidebar of same-surname people, they were not close enough together to notice this (nor does that sidebar tell me that they are strays). But being grouped under the geo-based Collector, I believe I've found some sibling groups!

I do one thing differently I think -- I use "Collector" as the first name, then the location is after that. So, if I'm looking at McFaddens in the People sidebar, I'll see:
McFADDEN, Collector - Argyle, NY
McFADDEN, Collector - Fayette & Allegheny
McFADDEN, Collector - Kildrumsherdan or Cootehill

and so on, all colored yellow. I can see my Collectors all together in the People list this way rather than scattered throughout a long list of many McFaddens.

Many thanks again for this very useful idea.
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I do one thing differently I think -- I use "Collector" as the first name, then the location is after that. So, if I'm looking at McFaddens in the People sidebar, I'll see:
McFADDEN, Collector - Argyle, NY
McFADDEN, Collector - Fayette & Allegheny
McFADDEN, Collector - Kildrumsherdan or Cootehill

and so on, all colored yellow. I can see my Collectors all together in the People list this way rather than scattered throughout a long list of many McFaddens.

Many thanks again for this very useful idea.
Susan
I also use the term 'collector' in the first name; Reunion's people list makes it easy enough to find them. I add people to a region collector regardless of their surname, if I suspect an intermarriage with the main family in that region.

But Aha!! Your collectors show in yellow, so you must be assigning them as unknown gender. Super idea!!
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Hi Susan-Would you mind posting a screenshot of your "Collector" idea? I am very interested in doing this but I like to see a visual of what you are talking about. I think I get it but I am a visual learner...
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Old 09 November 2018, 02:42 PM
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Would you mind posting a screenshot of your "Collector" idea?
It's actually Paul Reitz's idea, so kudos to him. I've found it very helpful.

See screen shot. This one is unusual in that I have two "Collector" parents (the others all have only one Collector "father"), but this particular shot shows a variety of benefits to using the Collector idea:

1. One line of McFaddens went to Argyle, NY but the other siblings all stayed in Kildrumsherdan. So, I put any stray individuals or family lines from either place under these "parents" to see if I can spot other connections.

2. Proximity of birth years can show potential sibling relationships. In this case, I might find from further analysis that Joseph b1798 and James possibly born around 1805 could well be brothers. Same for Henry possibly born 1852 and Hugh possibly born 1862.

3. Thomas Sharpe is in this McFadden group because his son John married a McFadden woman. So, like Paul Reitz commented, I'm also capturing related surnames.

Misc note: I use a question mark after a birth year if I'm just guessing at a birth year from other data: marriage date, parents' marriage date, known sibling's birth year, birth year of a child, etc. In the memo field, I write "guessing from X date." This is to help with grouping with potential siblings, such as shown here, AND because I got tired of clicking on a person's name (who has no known dates) in the right-hand People column to see if this is the person I want, only to find that I'm a hundred years off. A guessed-at date is better than none, IMHO. If I have a Source for an approximate birth year, THAT's when I use "abt 1805."

Hope this helps!
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