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ammonihah
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PAF Expert / Database Person

Postby ammonihah » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:53 am

I am looking for a referral. My father has somehow duplicated records in his database and needs to have someone look at it. This cannot be a person who just teaches PAF. It needs to be someone who understands the database and can make corrections and consult him on what needs to be done. Apparently all his research material is referenced by RIN and MRIN and now he has lost all of the originals. I can be reached at RCCanning@gmail.com. He is willing to compensate for this work. Thanks

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Postby techgy » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:13 am

Ammonihah wrote:I am looking for a referral. My father has somehow duplicated records in his database and needs to have someone look at it. This cannot be a person who just teaches PAF. It needs to be someone who understands the database and can make corrections and consult him on what needs to be done. Apparently all his research material is referenced by RIN and MRIN and now he has lost all of the originals. I can be reached at RCCanning@gmail.com. He is willing to compensate for this work. Thanks


Does he have any backups of the Database?
Duplicates can usually be eliminated by using the "Match/Merge" utility.
This would best be done by your father since he's familiar with his family.
Intimate knowledge of the inner working of the database isn't generally necessary as most corrections can be handled through PAF itself.

My first suggestion would be to look at any backups that he may have. If there are none, and he has no other course of action, then I'd first make a backup so you don't lose what you currently have, then I'd work through using the Match/Merge utility to eliminate current duplicates.
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Postby techgy » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:21 am

Ammonihah wrote:I am looking for a referral. Thanks


If you still wish to pursue finding someone to assist, you might check out the Utah Valley PAF User's Group
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Postby russellhltn » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:55 am

Ammonihah wrote:Apparently all his research material is referenced by RIN and MRIN and now he has lost all of the originals.


Uh, oh. If I remember correctly, there are certain operations that may re-assign the RIN and MRIN numbers.

You may want to contact the folks at Ancestral Quest. PAF is a derivative of Ancestral Quest 3.0.
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Postby Thomas_Lerman » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:33 pm

I would agree that it might not really be necessary for someone to understand the database format, etc. The Match/Merge works pretty well. Third-party application, such as, PAF Insight or Family Insight also has a Match/Merge type of thing. I recommend doing both just in case. I am one that has taught quite a few PAF classes and understands that database . . . I have written utilities that I have personally used.


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