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On Source Linker page, Flag mismatched and matched data in red and green fonts respectively

Feature suggestion for the "Source Linker" page. (1) highlight matching data as green font (e.g. same birthday), mismatched data in red (different birthdays) and don't show fields without data in the new source that is being evaluated. Some people have so many fields that there is a lot of scrolling up and down (past fields that are empty in the new source) just to find the fields that can be compared, much less the "Attach" button
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  • This is really something that perhaps a third-party developer could work on. For instance, when I bring up my local database and the same person in FamilySearch FamilyTree, I can compare the entries side-by-side. Where they match, check boxes are full. Where they don't match, I get an empty check box that I can use to then transfer information from one database to the other.

    Of course, with historical source indexes being use, the transfer would go in only one direction.

    Keep in mind that you are working with far from perfect (sometimes with gross errors) indexes on the Source Linker.

    I believe that what you are suggesting is some kind of side-by-side comparison with some indicator the the data on each side matches its equivalent on the other.

    Given the nature of color blindness, the green vs red is a real problem with some people, including my now-deceased father. Traffic signals were standardized to what they are today with red on top, amber in the middle and green on the bottom, just to resolve the problem with color blindness.

    I like the idea, but would suggest a series of filled-in dots or boxes to indicate a match or mismatch. A quick scan could tell us if there was a match or not. That would be particularly helpful for merging records.

    As to historical records, not so much, largely because until relatively recently, standard spelling of names did not exist. Only when society demanded (for identification purposes) consistent use of names, did we get more consistent use of names. But even in the 1940 (u.S. Census) spelling was largely up to how the enumerator heard the name pronounced. The same is true for any document.

    It is entirely possible that so many "red" flags would exist that a less knowledgeable patron would assume there was no match when, in fact, there was, but neither the index errors or spelling and place irregularities were taken into account.

    Still, the idea has merit and I would hope that in the future, comparison routines, whether with the source linker, or in merges would take advantage of that kind of comparison flagging.
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