No marriage sources from GEDCOM import

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I imported a GEDCOM created in Ancestry, which has manually created citations for mariages. The data is in the GEDCOM but I don't see it anywhere in the relevant profiles. Is this a known issue? The equivalent baptism citations did make it in.

If it helps Savy-4 had a marriage record in GEDCOM-49464

in WikiTree Tech by Chris Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
edited by Chris Hampson

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This is a common problem with GEDCOM imports because all of the different programs store information in a different way.  I recently went the other way and downloaded a GEDCOM from WikiTree and then uploaded it to another program that resides on my Computer and the source information did not transfer cleanly which requires a lot of extra work and cleanup and that is the main reason that I do not recommend using a GEDCOM.  With all of the work to put the profile back into a good sourced format it takes more time than if you just entered the information manually in the first place.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Chris Hampson
Ditto. I imported two small gedcoms when I first started here, and I will NEVER do that again. I shudder when I see questions asking about importing thousands in a gedcom.
As of right now I have over 1000 profiles on my watchlist that I adopted from a GEDCOM upload in 2010, Years before I joined, and I have been working on them for the last several months cleaning up the GEDCOM mess and trying to just add dates, locations, and sources. At my current rate I might get this batch cleaned up sometime in 2016 and then I could start to try and write a simple Bio for each, if I don't burn out first, and that is just from one family line. I know that a lot of others would disagree with me but I feel that the best thing WikiTree could do is to ban GEDCOM uploads from now on.
I'm going to try and parse my GEDCOM file and see if I can extract the data reliably and then merge that into a template to create bios I can then cut and paste into the profiles; sort of like a mail merge for printing labels. Since this import was created in a consistent manner I shouldn't have to deal with all the GEDCOM possibilities. Has to be more fun than doing it manually ;)
I imported 2 GEDCOM files  400+names most had sources some with numerous sources. All came back with just the reference number to the source no details. Now I have a large job going through them all re-entrying the sources from my family history program (GRAMPS).

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