Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Mailbox: How Do I Fix PRF

Dear Insider,

How does one ask to correct a Pedigree Resource File?

A copy of an obit has been posted to show the death of Henry Farley Byerly for a pedigree under his name.

The obit is from a Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois newspaper and records HFB's death occurring in Kenney, DeWitt County, Illinois. The Pedigree Resource File shows HFB's death in Austin County, Texas. Texas Cemetery is in DeWitt County, Illinois.


Dear Barbara,

According to the website, where Pedigree Resource File (PRF) was born,

How do I change information in the Pedigree Resource File?

The Pedigree Resource File allows you to submit and preserve your records. … Pedigree Resource File submissions become static once the submission is processed. If you find errors in the data submitted by you, submit the file again, and the second submission will appear on a future compact disc. Your previous submission will also appear.1

At FGS, someone suggested FamilySearch allow annotations. Then you could add your own opinion without compromising the submitter’s submission. RootsWeb’s WorldConnect allows it. We used to do it in pencil in published family trees. It makes sense.

Sorry, but today you can neither fix it nor flag it. If it makes you feel any better, you can fix this in the new FamilySearch Tree (when you get access). There, fixing is enabled and encouraged.

--The Insider


     1. “How Do I Change Information…,” FAQ question, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 September 2011); hover over Help, click Product Support, look under Other Products, click Pedigree Resource File, click “How do I change information…”. This webpage is scheduled for termination, so you soon won’t be able to find it.


  1. Uh oh. I just uploaded a portion of my GedCom into the Pedigree Resource File just to see how it works.

    Once it was uploaded, I realized that it had a whole bunch of notes in it. Also, a whole bunch of links that go nowhere because of the security settings of the software that I exported it from.

    When I uploaded it, there was an explanation that said that "You will always have control of your Pedigree Resource File." I took this to mean that could edit or delete it, so I just did this upload as a test run.

    It seems now, though, that it is stuck there. Is there really no way to delete what I uploaded or to upload a new, cleaned-up version to overwrite the existing one????

    Help, please!

    1. Dear Red Head Kelly,

      I talked to the product manager and he said:

      The user should log in and go to the Gedcom upload page. If they have uploaded a Gedcom using this tool it will be displayed and have a little garbage can at the end of the files row. They can use this to delete the file.

      If they uploaded a file using the old site, then removing that file is more difficult, needs to go through support, and will generate a request to manually remove the old file.

      I hope this helped,
      --The Insider

    2. Oh, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      That was actually very easy. I don't know why I couldn't find it myself. I think the problem was that part of the site has been down a lot lately. Then I just got nervous & wasn't trying anything that made sense. Ha.

      Thanks again!


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