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14-04-2006, 1:55 PM
I was wondering if someone could help me please. I am trying to add a new database to my Bk program and it keeps telling me that I already have a bigger database and it will not allow me to back up. Can someon please tell me how I can do this as I have done it before on a previous version. I have just inmstalled the current version now. Thank you all for your time.
14-04-2006, 7:46 PM
File - Open Database in the create new data folder box type the full address for the database e.g.
16-04-2006, 1:16 PM
Thanks Guy much appreciated.
16-04-2006, 1:57 PM
Guy I have tried that and that was how I opened it in the first place only I just named the new folder but it will still not allow me to save the folder or the information in it as it keeps telling me that I have a bigger file/folder with probably more recent information. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16-04-2006, 4:51 PM
I take it you are not trying to use the same name for the new file.
It should allow you to open as many different files as you wish I use about six whch vary in size from around 20 names to over 150,000 names yet they all open and save as required.
17-04-2006, 12:05 PM
I am using a different name and for that matter the name doesn't appear in the other 2 databases I have in my Brothers Keeper program. Problem that I have is that I traced the wrong name then found the right one and wanted to keep it seperate. So I haven't even used the same people in this particuar database very conscious of not using the same names so as not to cause conflict.
17-04-2006, 12:06 PM
I just wish I knew what I was doing wrong.
I have Brothers Keeper BK 5.2 F
This was given to me by my daughter about seven years back
I've never done any upgrades to it. Any of you use it ?
Can someone please tell me how this program is rated.
Should I buy something better
25-07-2006, 9:40 AM
I have Brothers Keeper BK 5.2 F.. Can someone please tell me how this program is rated.
I use BK 5.2F. I bought the more up to date CD version from John Steed a few years ago and ended up giving it as a raffle prize to our local FHS as I didn't like it nearly as much as Version 5. I think he had tried to make it more like the other commercially available programs, ie more all singing, all dancing. I have tried Family Tree Maker and The Master Genealogist and ended up deleting both of them from my computer as I still prefer my old BK 5.2F. Horses for courses I suppose. I HATE computer generated trees, will not use GEDCOM transfers (have seen too many people muck up their databases that way, and there's nothing like typing in information yourself for finding flaws in information sent to you), do NOT want to keep photos and large text files in the database (prefer to keep these in dedicated files elsewhere) and want something quick and easy where I can see at a glance how various people are related to me (I have a lot of 1820 settlers to South Africa in my tree and the families kept inter-marrying) and can extract a simple descendancy chart with names, places and dates into a Wordpad file to e-mail to enquirers. I have just over 3,000 names in the database and it still works a treat
25-07-2006, 12:52 PM
I have BK 6.2 which was an upgrade when I had a computer re-build last year. I previously had v.5 which I really liked, and wasn't too sure that I was going to get used to this new version, but now I am quite happy with it. It took a bit of time getting used to the new way of adding info, but now it is not a problem, and I really like being able to extract information in all sorts of formats.
I haven't tried any other types of family tree programs so unable to comment.
17-08-2006, 9:58 PM
I also use Brother's Keeper, and have been since 1999 when I started all this :) Recently upgraded to v6.2 which is working fine for me.
BUT also use Legacy v.6, as I like some of it's reports better than BK6 - just load a GEDCOM from BK6 into Legacy for convenience - but BK6 remains my one and only database for keying all information in the first place.
Strangely, I also don't link to photos and documents either - I keep those seperate in my main Family Research folder on the hard drive.
No harm in trying other [free] family history programs via loading a GEDCOM and playing - RootsMagic & GenoBox also look interesting :)
18-08-2006, 12:37 AM
I have just over 3,000 names in the database and it still works a treat
I have a Brothers Keeper database of 42912 names (17254 marriages) on it which works faultessly and extremly fast. I have not come across another program that can handle this database as fast as BK.
My Bottesford Families database has 12436 names and 3326 marriages and my own family lineage has 2523 names. Switching between these and my other databases on BK is simple making the program a joy to work with.
18-08-2006, 10:43 AM
Guy, I forgot you have BK also....do you have any ideas on this thread?
18-08-2006, 12:13 PM
I am trying to add a new database to my Bk program and it keeps telling me that I already have a bigger database and it will not allow me to back up.
It is years since I used BK, and don't know whether this is relevant
I recollect a similar message when merging two databases. It was OK to merge the smaller one into the larger. But if I tried to use the smaller db as the new master, I got a message saying I already had a bigger database.
Not a helpful message, it took me a while to figure out the answer.
18-08-2006, 2:32 PM
Fill in the details of both people name and sex minimum required.
Using the edit screen select one of the partners, in the add menu select spouse/partner.
Type in the partner's name, accept the option when the same sex error message comes up.
18-08-2006, 3:08 PM
Thanks Guy it worked on BK6.3.
Thanks for your expert help as always. ;)
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