Give Witnesses Their Own Facts

This Plugin is intended for Projects imported from products such as TMG and Legacy that support Fact Witness Roles, where it may be desirable to remove certain selected Witness Roles from Facts and create separate Facts for the Witness Individuals instead.

The most common case is Census Witnesses, where separate Individual Census Events with a common Source Citation are better supported, as explained in the FHUG Knowledge Base Recording Census Records.

After removing the Witnesses of Census (family) Events consider using the Migrate Census Family to Individual Events Plugin.

Before running the Plugin, ensure there is a suitable backup in case the changes are unsatisfactory, e.g. use File > Backup/Restore > Small Backup.

  • V1.2: Avoids duplicating any Fact when same Individual is a multiple Principal/Witness. Copies any Witness Role Citations to new Fact.
  • V1.1: Allows Census (family) Events with Witnesses to be converted.
  • V1.0: First published version.

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Mike Tate developed this plugin to help me with my import from TMG and it proved very functional. However, it is a powerful tool so use it with care, experiment first and be sure of the results before committing your data.

Nigel Brown, April 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm