If I feel my style has not been correct should I start with a new GEDCOM?

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I had no idea I was citing sources wrong and now feel I have a lot of profiles I need to correct and feel I should start over.
in Policy and Style by Carol Sullivan G2G6 Mach 2 (25.8k points)
Citing sources wrong doesn't matter. Having sources matters.  Just start where you want, improve things, and in a year or two, improve what you already improved.  I rotate through the profiles on my watchlist, editing one or two every day that I haven't looked at in awhile.

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Importing a new gedcom will not replace or overwrite your current profiles, as you might think. Instead, it will merely give you the option to merge together the information from both -- and probably create a bigger mess.

Don't worry about citing your sources "wrong". Just continue to improve them...as we all are doing.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
selected by Carol Sullivan
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Hey Carol,

No worries, reformatting is a very normal thing to do. After importing a GedCom it is rather important to do, as the imports hardly ever give a nicely formatted biography.

If you have added the profiles, you should not 'start' over again, as the profiles are already there. If you compare a new Gedcom you will find matches of the existing profiles.

The way to go is to edit the profiles. If you post a link to the profile(s) (you can add one to your question) we can have a look.
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (223k points)

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