Using a Text Editor with GEDCOM Files
It may be that you have an item, or multiple entries, that you want removed. It would be a pain to edit each entry. In this case, if you feel confident, use a plain text editor.
For example, this is part of ancestry.co.uk's 1901 census entry for Gustav Holst:
Name: Gustavus T Von Holst Age: 26 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1875 Relation: Visitor Gender: Male Where born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Civil Parish: St John and St Margaret Ecclesiastical parish: St John County/Island: London Country: England Street address: Occupation: Condition as to marriage:
Should you for instance want to replace "Street address:" in the editor the following should be fine.
Only do this if you are confident regarding editing.
- Save and backup your GEDCOM file.
- Open the GEDCOM file in the plain text editor.
- Remove all instances of the redundant data using the editors commands - hopefully there will be a 'replace all' option.
- Save GEDCOM file and Open in FH. You may need to validate the data.
A few things to beware of replacing single words or short phrases using a text editor may well replace items you were not expecting, avoid using the global search replace with out prompting.