This function deletes data elements from a genealogy.
Your genealogy information is stored in a Gedcom file.
In this file, each piece of information is stored in a data element called a Property. Example: Name, date of birth, place of marriage, etc.
Each property is referenced by a tag. A tag is the name of the data element. See the page about the tags for more details.
The Delete function is a tool to delete a tag everywhere in your genealogy.
You can choose to delete any tag, for all categories of entity or only some of them, and you can also choose to only delete those that are empty, i.e. that have no value.
Two lists at the bottom let you see what exists in your genealogy:
- The list on the left provides all existing tags in your genealogy and how may of each exist.
- The list on the right shows the values of the properties that correspond to the selected tag in the first list, and that match the checked categories of entity above, and the empty value criteria.
Start this tool using the Edit Menu > Delete.
The window shown above appears.
Indicate whether the deletion should only be done for a certain type of entity.
And then check or not the box depending on whether you want to only delete empty properties or not.
Use the lists to identify which TAG you really want to delete and see the corresponding values that would be deleted.
Double clicking on a value shows the corresponding data in its context in the editors.
Once you know the TAG you want to delete, either enter its name in the text field, or double click on the tag in the first list.
The deletion takes place as soon as you press the Delete button. There is no warning.
If you want to go back, press the Undo button on the toolbar or hit Ctrl + Z.
For example, you can delete all empty dates in individual and families events, and keep the other ones.
You would then indicate "DATE" in the tag field, you would only check the "Individual" and "Family" boxes, and you would check the box "Delete empty values only".
There is no customization of this function.