• #4089

    Your continued use of the term REFN is confusing and contradictory. For example:
    It’s the number every record starts with” is therefore NOT the REFN. It is the xref_ID (e.g. I1234) and WILL NEVER BE DISPLAYED ON THE PAGE.

    and is displayed with the raw GEDCOM” makes no sense at all as all GEDCOM data is displayed in the “Raw GEDCOM data” windows.

    Please send me the ‘Royals’ GEDCOM file you are using so I can verify more correctly what you are really talking about.

    Please also spend some time studying the GEDCOM specification (available at ) so that you can use the correct and therefore unambiguous terminology in future.

    A GEDCOM record that does use the REFN tag will look like something this:

    0 @[email protected]
    1 NAME John /Smith/
    1 BIRT
    2 DATE 01 JAN 1870
    1 REFN ABC123456789
    1 DEAT yes

    If you utilise a genuine REFN number it will be displayed either:
    a) in the Extra Information panel if that panel is enabled, or
    b) on the Facts and Events tab if if the Extra Information panel is not enabled

    GEDCOM specification references:
    xref_ID (pointer): (p.17)

    The xref_ID is formed by any arbitrary combination of characters from the pointer_char set.
    The first character must be an alpha or a digit. The xref_ID is not retained in the receiving
    system, and it may therefore be formed from any convenient combination of identifiers from the
    sending system. No meaning is attributed by the receiver to any part of the xref_ID, other than its
    unique association with the associated record.

    REFN : [p.63,64]

    A user-defined number or text that the submitter uses to identify this record. For instance, it may be a
    record number within the submitter’s automated or manual system, or it may be a page and position64
    number on a pedigree chart

    My personal kiwitrees site is