Navigating to all the Category to select known duplicate objects following an initial merge is tedious and can even be difficult.
However, dragging the objects to the Clipboard and using its pop-up menu to “make the object active” simplifies the navigation process for 1 of the 2 objects.
Unfortunately, Gramps doesn’t have an effective way to leverage this Clipboard-controlled Navigation shortcut to do the extended selection of two (and ONLY two) of the same category objects needed to merge the duplicates.
Example: assume that you discover that Individuals have the same spouse are actually the same person. However, the partial information didn’t allow them to be matched until much later. So, you now have a Mr. Smith with an “about” birth year in a particular state, Note & Citation to Merge with a Thomas Smythe, born on a precise date & location, a more detailed note & a citation for a different page of the same book.
So you need to merge the men, a family, marriage event & Note.
You discover that each object is different enough from its duplicate that you cannot just navigate to one & find the other nearby. So it is going to take a LOT scrolling to make the extended selections for each set of objects.
You could apply filters for each duplicate in the example above… but that’s a lot of work for a one-off.
My workaround in the past is, after initially merging the duplicate Persons:
- open the Person editor for the Merged Person. (The various tabs of that dialog will have collated all the duplicates)
- Edit the preferred duplicate and Ctrl-C copy the ID
- edit the merge-candidate duplicate and paste in the preferred object’s ID plus an “a” suffix
- switch views the object’s category
- turn off the right Gramplet sidebar to enable the faster Searchbar
- paste the ID in the searchbar and find
- select the 2 records
- click the merge icon on the toolbar
- make certain that the preferred object ID & details will be the ones surviving the merge
- clear the search term & find
- re-enable the right sidebar
It would be so much simpler if it was possible to just drag the duplicates from the Edit Person to the clipboard, select two objects on the Clipboard and choose “merge” from a pop-up menu. (It would be nice if the Clipboard considered an Object and a Ref to an Object of the same Category to be mergable.)
Someone is sure to suggest that the Editor dialogs be changed to allow extended selection. But that would require extensive changes to many dialogs and a fundamental change to the metaphor. This requires far less intrusive changes.
Perhaps the Collections clipboard would be a good place to test?
(Another option would be to have a persistent Merge tool. It could open whenever the Merge edit menu or toolbar icon is chosen and there are more or less than 2 objects selected. Where the user drags the objects to the dialog, the detail view is the default setting and the Merge button performs the merge & clears the dialog to allow 2 more object to be dragged. An advanced option might be a checkbox that omits the Clear after the Merge. This would allow another merge-candidate of the same object to be merged, reducing each subsequent merge to 1 drag per redundancy. This newbie-friendly option would be more discoverable than a contextual pop-up menu buried in the clipboard.)