Feedback for gedcomcompare

+3 votes
Not sure this is the right place to provide feedback for GEDCOMCOMPARE.

1) It is extremely time consuming to match suggestions;

2) The suggestions if they are not from within your GEDCOM come back with wild results;

3) How do you remove an entry from your own GEDCOM - for example I had an entry with UNKNOWN/UNKNOWN - a refresh keeps finding garbage matches.

4) Does someone have to approve the suggestions I matched? I can see them in my profile but cannot determine if they are visible globally.

Apologies if this post is in the wrong category.

in WikiTree Help by Ed Osterman G2G Rookie (220 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Don't hit the "REFRESH" button at the bottom of the GEDCOMpare screen unless you want to see even more suggested matches.

If you merely want to refresh the current GEDCOMpare display, use the link in the "Add & Edit" box at the top of the page.
Thanks, Ellen and Edward.

My patience has worn thin. The possibilities for matching are way too numerous. What do I do? simply make another tree for Jewish ancestors, one by one?  There is no single connector ancestor at this time because my missing link was not allowed to sign my father's birth register in Frankfurt DE. A DNA test led me to my ancestors in this tree, my Balkan tree that is now in a Gedcom. I wish I'd never refreshed the tree--the last time was today, and it made my desire to find my Jewish GF even more remote.  I simply cannot go on. It's like boxing with Ghosts.
I have the same problem.

Kind of a stranded ancestor with no connections (yet) to my tree.

Need a place to park those in anticipation of a connection.

2 Answers

+3 votes

GEDCOM and GEDCOMpare were created to cut down on the number of duplicate profiles as at WikiTree we have one profile per person unlike paid genealogy websites. In the past people would upload their GEDCOM's and then abandon them causing many duplicate profiles. Yes it a slow to do the compare but faster that creating and then merging duplicate profiles. 

This page on the GEDCOM File Usage Primer should answer your questions.

GEDCOMpare Help Page,

by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
I get the rationale for doing the compares this way - my comment was targeted towards improvements.

For example:

1) Being able to delete an bogus entry in the imported GEDCOM so it stops matching;

2) Perhaps letting the cursor float on the GEDCOM entry and it displays parents, siblings and children to remind you where this person might fit in, so you do not waste time trying to create a profile when there are no connections yet;

3) Must be some other improvements that I cannot think of now;


+2 votes
If you want to stop further processing of an entry on your gedcom then I think you can just tick the completed box. That person will still show on the gedcompare list but will not be available to add as a profile to Wikitree when you are done with comparisons and ready to start the next stage of creating profiles.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (633k points)
Hitting the completed box does not eliminate the need to review suggested matches for the person.
What does it do then Ellen? I thought the completed box meant that you did not want to do any more processing on that individual. However, I have only  tried out one small gedcom myself, so I can’t remember too well what effect that box actually had.
That "completed" checkbox in GEDCOMpare is simply a convenient tool to be used in tracking your own progress.
Nope - the complete button is only for tracking - it still matches new people even if they are complete - a pain when you have a bad GEDCOM entry.
Thanks to all for trying to clarify matters.
Edward, I agree about the pain.  

What am I missing?

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