• GEDCOM File Problems
• GEDCOM files have Family Tree Maker icons
• Bad Dates in a GEDCOM file
Before importing a GEDCOM file it is
strongly advised that you back up your family file before hand. It is also
important to update your Legacy file because several GEDCOM problems have been
fixed in recent Update files (patches). Please
click here for more update information.
It is also
strongly advised that you import the file into a temporary family file
first, then check the records in order to clean up any problems.
NOTE: Whenever you import new individuals and
families into a Family File, Legacy makes an automatic backup copy.
This backup is available for use until you quit Legacy, at which time it is
erased. (If you start another import during the current session, Legacy asks
if you would like to keep the earlier backup, made at the beginning of the
first import, or make a new backup before the current import.)
If there is an import problem, immediately select Undo
Import of [Date and Time] and try importing again with different options
selected, or delete the temporary family file are retry choosing different
options. When satisfied with the result, then split the Family View and use
the drag and drop method to copy just the individuals, families or lines you
want to add to your primary family file. (Click
HERE to find out how to split your Family View between two different
When satisfied with the result, then split the Family
View and use the drag and drop method to copy just the individuals, families
or lines you want to add to your primary family file. (Click HERE
to find out how to split your Family View between two different family files.)
GEDCOM File Problems
Please keep in mind that GEDCOM errors can come from two sources: the program
that exported the GEDCOM file; and the program that imports the GEDCOM file. If
the GEDCOM file you receive from another person is corrupted, nothing you do in
Legacy--or any other program that imports it--will fix the problem. Contact the person who made it.
The most common
reason for GEDCOM export failures is that people forget to change the drive (if
exporting to a diskette, zip drive, etc.). If this change is not made, the
GEDCOM file will be saved to the hard drive and not to the intended destination.
Another solution is to run File Maintenance - Check/Repair on your family
file. Legacy may not be able to create a GEDCOM if the family file has errors.
Furthermore, make certain you have selected the correct options in the GEDCOM
Export screen and the additional options available by clicking the Customize
button. Click here for further information.
GEDCOM files have Family Tree Maker icons
If GEDCOM files on your computer are displayed with Family Tree Maker
sapling icons, there is no need to do anything. When Family Tree Maker is
installed it simply associates all GEDCOM files with this icon. The icon in no
way changes contents or format of GEDCOM files. They are still useable in Legacy
or any other genealogy program -- just enjoy the nice icon.
Bad Dates in a GEDCOM file
Bad dates can happen from ignored warnings and imports. Legacy includes
some miscellaneous searches that let you easily find bad dates.
Press the Search button on the toolbar. Click on the Miscellaneous
Searches tab. You can then choose All Records with Bad Dates, which
finds all individuals who have an unrecognized (bad) date anywhere in their
information. There is also an option to record bad dates in a log file.