"Steve Fitzgerald" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> What is the best method for avoiding multiple ids for the same
> For example: I have a table name company that has unique ids. The
> are tied to a table name contacts which have unique ids (ContactID). The
> problem seems to be that if I add a contact with an existing CompanyName
> then I will get multiple ids for the same CompanyName.

When inserting a new contact, do a search for the company name. If it
use the existing id; otherwise, create a new company and get the new id.

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