Problem of FS allowing Trees to be loaded/ transferred directly into FS
It seems that there may be more than one way to export Trees into FSFT (i.e. FS’s main “one world” tree).
However, I have currently been looking at the method of uploading a Gedcom file into FS Genealogy and then copying profiles from there into FSFT and in order to better understand this process, I have conducted my own test.
I first uploaded a Gedcom file of a very small tree of only 19 connected people into FS Geneologies.
Once uploaded, FS Geneologies provides you with an option to compare these profiles to what is already in FSFT
If you do click on “Compare,” FS Genealogies then presents you with a dashboard, displaying the results of its comparison. There is a summary of the comparison, which, in my test case is as follows:
All individuals 19
Potential Matches 0
Add to Family Tree 8
Already in Family Tree 8
Invalid & Living 3
I can then click on each of the above categories to view a list of all the profiles that make up the total of that specific category.
I do have 3 living people in my tree, so that result makes sense.
But here is the big problem!
All 8 profiles that FS Genealogy says that I may add to FSFT are already in FSFT! Not only that but all 8 of these profiles are exactly the same in all respects in the Gedcom file uploaded and in FSFT. Yet as you will see above, FSFT did not even pick up one of them as Potential Matches, instead reporting zero of these.
So, if I was an inexperienced user what would I do? I would be so excited that I can add these people to FSFT and I would then merrily proceed to add all 8 and so create 8 more duplicates in FSFT without being any the wiser!
My biggest worry is that in this test FS Genealogy failed to find 50% of the profiles that it should have found in FSFT and did not even pick them up as a potential match!!
Imagine the chaos this causes if someone loads a reasonably sized Gedcom file and then does a comparison with the intention of adding all the profiles that FS Genealogy encourages them to add, which, based on my test, could be almost 50% of the profiles in Gedcom file that they uploaded!!!
It really makes me want to give up on FSFT right here and now!!!!