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Importing / exporting
Kith and Kin Pro supports version 5.5 of the GEDCOM standard, as used by the majority of genealogy programs. The program also implements some enhancements to the standard which allows it to read most previous GEDCOM versions which are not always compatible with V5.5.
Select the GEDCOM file which you wish to import. The incoming data will be merged with the data in the current database. If you want to create a new database based on the GEDCOM file, use File | Database | New or File | Database | New clean before starting the import process.
Kith and Kin Pro will read the file header from the selected file and display it so that you can verify that you have the correct file. You can now select several options which define how the GEDCOM file will be imported.
Display submitter/statistics when finished:
Set this option if you want to see the name/address of the file submitter and how many records were read. This also gives you the chance to view any errors. Errors encountered during a GEDCOM import are always reported in the GEDERR.TXT file and you can view this file using Windows Notepad by clicking on the Errors button on the statistics form. Very often you will find errors reported which do not affect the integrity of the GEDCOM import. For example, "OBJE" (object) tags are ignored.
Add a general source to every imported record:
Set this option if you wish to add the same source reference to every imported person and family. This helps to later identify the people and families which were imported from this GEDCOM file. After clicking on the "Continue" button you will be presented with the usual source reference form where you can add the reference details.
Put additional data in notes:
"Additional data", is GEDCOM data which Kith and Kin Pro recognises, but has no specific field for. By setting this option any extra data will be added to the appropriate set of notes. See Supported GEDCOM syntax for a list of recognised extra data.
List additional data in GEDERR.TXT:
By setting this option any extra data (see above) will be added to the GEDCOM import error file, GEDERR.TXT.
Convert invalid dates to text:
By setting this option any dates encountered which are invalid (eg. they do not conform to the GEDCOM standard date format DD MMM YYYY) are imported but are converted to date phrases.
Space out CONCed data for notes:
Some programs export notes in GEDCOM files using a CONC tag to split long notes over several lines in the GEDCOM file. Sometimes the program splits the line at a space character, which is not allowed. This makes Kith and Kin Pro join two words together when it imports the file. To prevent this, set this option and an extra space character will be inserted at the beginning of every CONC line. This does not affect other types of data which also use the CONC tag.
Set this option to automatically force surnames into all upper case.
GEDCOM V5.5 requires that the first occurrence of a series of duplicated tags should be the one that is used in the program. For example, if a person has more than one name then there would be several NAME tags for him in the GEDCOM file. Kith and Kin Pro will use the first tag it comes across if the Use first occurrence option is set.
Some previous versions of GEDCOM accepted the last occurrence of multiple tags as the "genuine" one. If this is the case for the GEDCOM file you are importing, set the Use last occurrence option.
IBM (DOS) character set code page:
GEDCOM files created with the IBMPC character set (usually from a DOS program) may have been written using one of the alternative DOS code pages. These pages are generally used in non-English speaking countries and contain extra characters such as "ã" to cover the additional diacritics used in their language.
You can select one of the following code pages and Kith and Kin Pro will convert the incoming extra characters into the appropriate ANSI characters for use in Windows. If you are in doubt about which code page was used to create the GEDCOM file, assume it was 437 English.
Code pages supported:
If the program encounters the end of a GEDCOM file before finding the TRLR record, it assumes that the file has been split over more than one disk (or file). You will be prompted to insert the disk containing the next file in sequence. GEDCOM files split into several files are named <filename>.GED, <filename>.G00, <filename>.G01, etc, where <filename>.GED is the filename originally specified for input.
If you have set up GEDCOM tags for any user-defined fields which you have added to the person or family tables, Kith and Kin Pro will import the corresponding data from the GEDCOM file into these fields.
Note on character sets:
Kith and Kin Pro will automatically detect which character set has been used to create the GEDCOM file. ANSI, ANSEL, Unicode, UTF-8, IBMPC (DOS) and Apple MAC are all supported. Please make sure that the GEDCOM file was written using one of these sets.
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