What does this mean: Child: @I4514@. More Info requested . . .

+7 votes
I did find a previous reference to this issue and understand it is not important basically.  But can you tell me why my child did not get downloaded.  Also, how can I find a previous topic before asking the same question?


In the Bio from my imported gedcom sometimes a child shows, for example, as   Child: @I4514@. or another number.  It's in the list under '''Marriage''' along with the parents.  I see that there is a child missing in the list that should be there. It is not his Ref# from my RootsMagic program.   What do I do with this and what does that number reference? Thanks!!
WikiTree profile: John McManus
in WikiTree Tech by Living Breece G2G6 Mach 4 (46.4k points)

2 Answers

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I don't know for sure but since you imported him a few days ago and then merged him with the lower number, I expect it had something to do with the import.  It might be that this and another chlld @150@ don't have the profile equivalent here.  At any rate, the @x@ exists in both the edit and profile form.

As far as what to do, I'd just erase it and create any need profiles by hand. You might want to wait a day or two to see if someone comes along who knows for certain what it is just in case it's important.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
Good idea and I think a look at my gedcom might give a clue - perhaps I skipped them.  I'll wait and then do it by hand.  Thanks for the idea.
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I don't know why yours didn't show up but maybe what happened with mine will provide a clue.

I chose not to import anyone who didn't have a date of death and was born in the last 100 years. Those people that I didn't import showed up like that for their parents' marriage.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (412k points)
Ah, I'll keep my eyes open for that too, a spacemaker sort of . . . That's good, it'll give a clue that something is missing.  Really bugs me to think someone was missed but I just can't remember like I used to!  LOL.  Thanks for your time.
Right. If someone is skipped in an import, they'll end up referred to by their identifier in the GEDCOM, which is fairly meaningless. We're working on a round of improvements to GEDCOM import that should make working with skipped people much easier.
Chris, Can I assume it's just the wording on the placeholder that will change? I would definitely want that clue to show up in some manner.
Hi Debi. You mean the clue that there is a missing person, who was skipped? What we aim to do is create a to-do list upon import that tells you who was skipped and helps you reconnect them.
The to do list sounds excellent for people who were skipped for a reason during the import. In the situation I'm thinking of, though, the children were not included in the file to be imported. The place holder was created by the GEDCOM export.

See the list of children on profile Baicom-294 for an example of what I did with those placeholders. Those are my maternal aunts and uncles, still living, who haven't decided whether they're willing to have a record on WikiTree.

The profiles created by my TMG GEDCOM import may contain placeholders if any child of that person was born after 1915 and they didn't have a death date in my TMG file. I didn't include them in my export but my TMG GEDCOM included placeholders for them. It's a clue that the WikiTree profile is missing for someone I know exists.

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