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From: "Geir Thorud" <>
Subject: SV: [GENBOX] Import of place names from GEDCOM
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:42:17 +0100
> Fra: wim prange [mailto:]
> When importing a gedcom file into a database, Genbox first uses the places
> allready available in the database. An existing placerecord (plus it's
> placelevel) is used as an 'anchor' to define placelevels for new
> placerecords . That's why the initial empty database has more than 400
> placerecords from the start.
It might help if the import algorithm is documented somewhere,
I can't find it.
In any case I am sceptic to such an algorithm as long as the same
name may appear at many leves in a hierarchy.
Also, the algorithm is flawed since it does not seem to
handle "empty" levels.
> You can 'aid' Genbox importing places through adding more (higher level)
> places for Norway before importing. When you change this empty, adapted,
> database to a GBXDBINI.GDZ (see helpfile), these places will then
> be able to map the places more correctly.
I don't belive that this is the way to do it, with hundreds of place names
you will then always have to make a new GBXDBINI.GDZ for example if you
receive a gedcom file from someone else with new places.
Also, the name depends on the language.
> I don't know what GB does with the gedcoms "Place_hierarchy",
> maybe uses it in a second mappingroutine?
Well, the basic simple function should be to allow the user to set up a
of hierarchies on import. This would fit better with the intentions of
A fancy name recognition algorithm could be an option, perhaps to be applied
after import (and perhaps with an option to sugest duplicate merging
some time in the future ).
The current solution simply does not seem to work.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Geir Thorud" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 12:15 AM
> Subject: [GENBOX] Import of place names from GEDCOM
> > Hi,
> > Genbox does not seem to import place hierarchies
> > properly when there are missing "levels" in the
> > hierarchy.
> > For example:
> > Mæhlum, Brøttum, Ringsaker, Hedmark - Mæhlum is imported as Local site.
> > Tjerne, , Ringsaker, Hedmark - Tjerne is imported as City/Town
> > - note , , - missing level.
> > I would expect both to be imported to the same level
> > in the hierarchy, i.e. as a Local site.
> > ----
> > Also, when I add country level in the Gedcom file,
> > for example
> > Mæhlum, Brøttum, Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway
> > both of the two lover levels are imported as Local sites.
> > It would have been better to utilise more of the levels
> > in the Genbox hierarchy so that only one level in the
> > Gedcom file is mapped to Local site.
> > In general more control over the mapping on import is
> > needed.
> > Does anyone know if Genbox supports the FORM "Place_hierarchy"
> > structure in the Gedcom standard?
> > Regards
> > Geir
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