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silly beginner question re Find my past
« on: Sunday 09 January 22 21:16 GMT (UK) »
Here is my greenhorn question; I have a relative of a certain age in the 1911 census living at a certain address. I then find new information from the 1939 census and compare the two. Obviously my relative is now older and living at a different address. FindMyPast then asks if I want to merge the two records and I say yes, but it then 'strikes through' the original age and address and substitutes the new information.
My question is; does it actually remove the earlier information or add to it (as I hope it would). I'm scared to press the 'Update' button for fear of losing the earlier data.
Daft question I know, but I can't find anything on the FMV help pages.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Peter.

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Re: silly beginner question re Find my past
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 09 January 22 22:16 GMT (UK) »
Are you talking about a tree that you have on FindMyPast, or what?

Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
Remember - "They'll be found when they want to be found" !!!
If you don't ask the question, you won't get an answer.
He/she who never made a mistake, never made anything.
Archbell - anywhere, any date
Kendall - WRY
Milner - WRY
Appleyard - WRY

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Re: silly beginner question re Find my past
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 09 January 22 22:33 GMT (UK) »
Hi Peter,
If you are working on a tree on FindMyPast, as BumbleB asks, the previous information is not overwritten or deleted.
The new information is added to the timeline.
See example from my FindMyPast tree below.

Fisherman


 1871
She was age 42 and the wife of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1871 UK Census on 2 Apr 1871 at Marsh House in Acle, Blofield, Norfolk, England.
1891
She was age 61 and the mother of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1891 UK Census on 5 Apr 1891 at Northwell Pool in Swaffham, Norfolk, England.
Died Jan 1909
She died in Jan 1909 at age of 80 years in Norwich Norfolk.
Sockett in Shropshire, Montgomeryshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Glamorgan and probably the rest of the UK
Corbet/t in Shropshire, Norfolk, Worcestershire
Gambold in South West Wales, USA, Australia
Baylis/s in Gloucestershire, South Wales
Richards in Breconshire
Manthorpe in Shropshire, Norfolk, Cheshire, Suffolk

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Re: silly beginner question re Find my past
« Reply #3 on: Monday 10 January 22 08:20 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks Fisherman, That is the confirmation I needed.
Your courteous reply is much appreciated.
Peter.


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Re: silly beginner question re Find my past
« Reply #4 on: Monday 10 January 22 09:15 GMT (UK) »
Just a minor point:

There wasn't a census in 1939 - that was the 1939 National Register.
This was used to help with the issue of ID Cards and Ration Books.
It was then taken over by the NHS and updated by them until the 1990's

It is very useful, but wasn't a snapshot of a single night, as censuses were.
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