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535Re: [AQ_NFS] Medieval Research and Sy

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  • George Wright
    Jun 8 8:20 PM

      I'm just a user, so I will not (and can not) claim expertise in either New Family Search or in AQ.
      In the help section of New Family Search, I did a search on "Medieval Families Unit" and found the following report:
      "The Medieval Families Unit worked in the old Ancestral File (1985-1995) on royalty and nobility to the present and all pre-1500 families, which was an enormous task. The pre-1500 portion alone had approximately 250,000 individuals.
      "Our main objective was to make sure linkage was correct and then as time permitted go back and adjust dates. Many of the dates are not actual birth dates so we used "abt" before them to signify the date when the individual might have been born. If we had an age at an event we used "Cal" for calculated date (example: age 8 in 1208 we would enter "Cal 1200" for the birth date).
      "The Medieval Families Unit was closed in 1996 and so the task of adjusting all the dates never came to pass.
      "Unfortunately many patrons over the years have downloaded our data and re-submitted it as their own.
      "The main problem when adjusting "about" dates on one family it can have a ripple effect causing other families to have date problems. Most of the people in the Medieval time period did not have an actual birth or death dates, only a date when they were mentioned in some kind of document. We use the "abt" date to put individuals in a time period. We know the dates can be way off as generations may be missing or connections may be incorrect. When dealing with large files, "about" dates can be very problematic and at times can not be resolved."
      I think that the 250,000 individuals in Ancestral File which is discussed above could be related to your duplication frustrations.

      From: bob.penry <bob.penry@...>
      To: AQ_NFS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tue, June 8, 2010 6:08:36 PM
      Subject: [AQ_NFS] Medieval Research and Sy

      Gaylon, here is an example of the problem as you requested.

      Henry III Plantagenet, King of England, born 1 Oct 1207 and died 16 Nov 1270 Winchester Palace, England - married to Eleanor of Provence.
      If you chose the upload and try to sync, 47 possibles appear. Not too long a search to obtain the list, less than 2 minutes on high speed cable. The first NFS-ID which appears is KNQB-KYH. If you look this one up in NFS and ask to see the combined records for just this one ID, the system says that 1195 records were combined. If you click on this particular record, it just sits and spins until you end up with a no response message on AQ. The unfortunate thing about European royalty is that this is more or less a universal problem. I currently have about 516 names that give the same frustrating result. Unfortunately the ID I would like to add is already on the list so hitting the search button and entering the PID didn't do anything. I have the latest version of AQ. Don't know if it matters or not, but my file is PAF. Why? Before I purchased AQ, I was using another 3rd party product (which will remain unnamed) to synchronize PAF to NFS. I liked it because
      of the ability to choose many records for searching at a time and liked the returned format (I have nearly 50,000 records so time was important.

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