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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 family files.)

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.


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