For some reason, I cannot see the original post, just Jenny's reply and a snippet of the original in her reply.
I would say that if you want to merge them and it didn't work, perhaps you should figure that out first. IF that's what you really want to do, keyword: IF. I tried looking for a good video, but 'merging files' comes up with zero results. Maybe someone on the list know of a good video. I am a visual learner so videos are best for me, but not always. There are two short pages and one longer one that may be helpful. I would suggest reading them in the following order, so you do not become overwhelmed. Take your time and play with some dummy files before doing it. Legacy comes with a dummy file and you can use that to merge some of your family so you can figure out how it works. One tip: Create a NEW family file. Duplicate the other 8 files (yes, I know, lots of extra files, but this saves the original 8 files unblemished). Now merge Duplicate 1 into the NEW file. Then repeat with the other 7 files. Does that make sense? My personal rule is to NEVER merge an original file into another original file. Always use a NEW file and duplicates. This way if there is an error, you can simply start over with step one again without any loss of data or wrong people being merged. I will warn you, it is quite the task, especially if each file contains a large number of people with similar names. Mine does, so it takes very careful merging. 1. https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/05/tuesdays-tip-merging-files-advanced.html 2. https://legacynews.typepad.com/legacy_news/2009/05/legacy-tip-how-to-combine-multiple-family-files-into-one.html 3. https://legacyfamilytree.com/TourMerge.asp You may want to submit a suggestion for a video on this, here: https://familytreewebinars.com/suggest.php?val=merging%20files On the subject of backups, if you don't subscribe to the media backup it's just text so should only take a few minutes. If you backup your media and you have a LOT of media, like I do (but I do not subscribe to media backups, I use Google for that), then it will take a very long time, just like Google does. Good luck and we're here for you, if you have problems. Cindy Lloyd On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 9:34 AM Jenny M Benson <ge...@cedarbank.me.uk> wrote: > > > > I have eight different Family Files, the merge I tried didn't work for > > me so I am still faced with backing up eight families each time and that > > is time consuming. > > Is there any way to backup all eight at once? > > Do you really need to back up all 8 at once? As a general rule, You > only need to back up a file when you have made changes to it. > > And how long does it take to backup? I just backed up my family file > (admittedly, not media also) and it took considerably less than a minute. > > But apart from those observations I don't have an answer to your > specific question. > -- > Jenny M Benson > http://jennygenes.blogspot.co.uk/ > > -- > > LegacyUserGroup mailing list > LegacyUserGroup@legacyusers.com > To manage your subscription and unsubscribe > http://legacyusers.com/mailman/listinfo/legacyusergroup_legacyusers.com > Archives at: > http://email@example.com/ -- LegacyUserGroup mailing list LegacyUserGroup@legacyusers.com To manage your subscription and unsubscribe http://legacyusers.com/mailman/listinfo/legacyusergroup_legacyusers.com Archives at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/