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  • Resolved middletb

    (@middletb)


    For some reason, the top surname in the widget is “unknown” at 1622, which is odd considering there are only 422 individuals in the list. I had thought perhaps it was a tally of females for whom no maiden name was known (my tree dates back to the 1700s), but that still doesn’t account for the high number. Any idea? Thanks.

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  • Plugin Author colinsp

    (@colinsp)

    This sort of issue is usually caused by invalid Gedcom data. If you email me a copy of the gedcom I will take a look.

    What program created the gedcom file? If you open the gedcom with a plain text editor such as Notepad check the 1 Name entries I suspect that there will be an issue there, they should be in the form of 1 NAME Elizabeth /Stansfield/ for example.

    Okay thanks, I will email you a copy. I used the MyHeritage.com software to export a specific branch of my tree.

    Plugin Author colinsp

    (@colinsp)

    I received a copy of this Gedcom and on analysis MyHeritage still leave records with some data in them if you select exclude some of the individuals on export. As a result there are records with no names which Gedshow correctly displays. This is a fault with the MyHeritage gedcom export routine.

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