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Import multiple NAME entries per individual?

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Author GenoPro does not recognize multiple NAME entries for an Individual in a GEDCOM file?
Posted Monday, August 02, 2010 - Post #26251
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This seems to be a similar problem as described in a previous post regarding multiple entries for Occupation and Residences. I am trying to import a GEDCOM file which has multiple NAME entries for certain individuals. These multiple NAME entries represent alternate spellings, name changes, etc. for a given individual. According to GEDCOM standard, the first NAME instance is to be treated as the "primary" name, and the others are therefore alternates of various types. These can be clarified with the TYPE identifier if desired. Unfortunately GenoPro seems to only be able to handle one NAME entry per Individual, even though there are fields for "Second Last Name", "Alternative Names", etc. GenoPro also only recognizes the last NAME entry, instead of the more logical first NAME entry.

Is this expected behavior from GenoPro? Is there any way to fix this without having to manually edit the GEDCOM file, or go through all the imported individuals and manually re-enter the information? How are the "Second Last Name" and "Alternative Names" fields supposed to be populated from a GEDCOM file?

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Posted Thursday, August 05, 2010 - Post #26267
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529537 (8/2/2010) Is this expected behavior from GenoPro? Is there any way to fix this without having to manually edit the GEDCOM file, or go through all the imported individuals and manually re-enter the information? How are the "Second Last Name" and "Alternative Names" fields supposed to be populated from a GEDCOM file?

Hi Brian. Yes, unfortunately this is the way the GenoPro Gedcom import has been 'designed' to work. It is incapable of dealing with any Gedcom tag occuring multiple times for an individual, e.g. NAME, OCCU, EDUC or RESI to name a few.
It is important to realize that the GenoPro gedcom import cannot be relied upon to accurately transfer data from other genealogy programs. As well as dropping data, it can also corrupt the data giving misleading results. This is because it always takes values from the last occuring subtag, without regard to which parent tag it belongs. e.g. importing the following
0 HEAD
1 GEDC
2 VERS 5.5
2 FORM LINEAGE_LINKED
1 CHAR UTF-8
0 @I00001@ INDI
1 NAME Henry /Jekyll/
2 NPFX Dr
2 GIVN Henry
2 SURN Jekyll
1 NAME Edward /Hyde/
2 SURN Hyde
1 SEX M
0 TRLR


leads to an individual Dr Edward Hyde rather than Dr Henry Jekyll. As you say, the last occurring name, Edward Hyde, has been used, but the name prefix or title, Dr, has been taken from the first NAME tag, i.e. that for Henry Jekyll. This effect occurs with the other multiple tags e.g. OCCU.

I believe Second Last Name is generally used in countries where for example the wife's surname is retained as a second surname. I suggest that it is not used for aliases.

Alternative Name can be used for aliases, but needs to be manually entered. It is sometimes used for names in alternative languages e.g. Hebrew.



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