More "skip" confusion (pre-final Gedcom)

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I am going through a Gedcompare report, and I can't tell if I have caused a problem (that I can fix before I "approve" it), or why I have certain results that seem to be potential problems.  

I understand the need to skip individuals who apparently exist elsewhere in the greater tree.  I also understand the need to skip individuals without names or birth/death dates since they are too vague to be resolved.  

But a pretty big bunch of my fairly recent ancestors do not appear to exist elsewhere on the WikiTree, and ample details were provided -- but many of them appear to have been pre-checked as "Skips".  Some have been dead for over 50 years, so I don't think it's a privacy issue. I tried to find the reason for the "skip" checkmark, and could not figure it out.  The possible matches that came up weren't even close to matching my relatives.

I may have accidentally triggered some skips myself by checking "multiskip" on an individual who does exist on someone else's database.  I still don't understand "multiskip" and don't even know if I click it twice have I "undone" the multiskip?

Should I click on the option to "Restart your work and clear all skips"?

I should NOT skip the people that I can't find any evidence of existing on the greater tree, right?

Thanks for any clarification you can give.  R. Greenup
in WikiTree Tech by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (66.8k points)

1 Answer

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Hi R,

In a GEDCOM import, any individual born prior to 1700 is automatically skipped.  This was a recent change due to so many duplicates surfacing in the time frame between 1500-1700.  This is most likely what has caused many of your folks in your GEDCOM to be skipped.
by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
Thanks for your help again!

I think I have partially figured out what I did. I was working on the Gedcompare on a a desktop computer previously, and happened to have left the same -- but unrefreshed Gedcompare report open on my laptop.  Those confusing "skips" are not checked on the untouched laptop report, so I caused them myself while trying to confirm matches.

I think I caused them with the "multiskip" option. I am starting again (with everything unskipped). I'll re-skip everything that makes sense and try to avoid the "multiskip", especially for descendants -- which is probably where I went astray.  Thank you for the pre-1700 suggestion. I think there were a few of those also.

I'm sure these procedures will seem obvious to me once I finalize the gedcom upload and can see the result, but I really do appreciate your willingness to help!

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