Merge comes quickly to mind.  Rins will get messed up.  Especially when, as
I do reusing all deleted numbers.

On Tue, Jan 23, 2024 at 9:04 AM bob jones <genealogyb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Jenny
>
>
>
> I document my people by last name, first name, date of birth (or
> approximate if I don’t know it) so I can sort on time if I need to and then
> RIN number.  As you pointed out – it is unique and therefore can't be
> confused.  I hope others use it. Using the RIN number has often stopped me
> from making mistakes.  I also attach the RIN number to all my source file
> names and any other documents or photo file names I manage to collect over
> the years.
>
>
>
> Bob Jones
>
> Winchester Canada
>
>
>
> *From: *LegacyUserGroup <legacyusergroup-boun...@legacyusers.com> on
> behalf of Jenny M Benson <ge...@cedarbank.me.uk>
> *Date: *Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 7:12 AM
> *To: *Legacy User Group <legacyusergroup@legacyusers.com>
> *Subject: *[LegacyUG] Unique identifier
>
> I have just watched a Legacy webinar on document filing and whereas
> there was a lot of good sense spoken, one thing stuck out to me as
> ridiculous.
>
> The present prefaced her document filenames with the surname, forename
> and year of birth of the person concerned.  he went on to say that if
> there was more than one person with the same names and date of birth she
> would include the death year.  That's fine if you *know* the birth
> and/or death year of people and in the days when choice of names was
> limited and infant deaths  numerous, it would not be surprising to have
> 2 people of the same name being born and dying in the same years.  And
> how often does one not know the birth and/or death year of a person?
>
> Why on earth not use the unique identifier provided by Legacy - the RIN.
>   This is generated by Legacy every time a new person is added to a file
> (but the user has the option to swap these around if desired.)  Smith,
> John 1234 or Doe, Jane 5678 is never going to be confused with anyone
> else and is never going to change - even if you find out one day that
> you have the wrong birth/death year for that person
>
> I defy anyone to come up with a good reason why using the RIN is not the
> best way to uniquely identify a person in a Legacy fie.  (There's a
> challenge!)
>
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> Jenny M Benson
> Wrexham, UK
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