Thank you for your quick and detailed response. I am an old customer of yours and purchased my Generations 8.5a from you. As a consequence, I did delete StarOffice Suite and Omnipage Pro from my computer installation many years ago,because of the problems they were causing to my Generations programme. However, I am not aware that there is anything in particular that may be affecting the issues that I raised yesterday.
In fact, the point I made about GEDCOM dropping the first character from a NOTES subset entitled "Sources", was I notice exactly the experience expressed by Derek WOODMAN on the 1st Sept. 2007, from which I extract: -
2. As an alternative, you could make a copy of your file before exporting and on the copy, before exporting, you could merge your census info and miscellaneous notes sections.
One of these techniques resulted in any initial 1's in the census info notes being stripped out but I don't recall which one. So if the census note should have started 1841 for example it ended up as 841. Cured on the imported file by a global search and replace.
So, even though this is of little consolation to me, at least I am not the only one to have experienced this strange problem. It is a mystery which I am unable to fathom.
I am disappointed to learn that in general, GEDCOM transfers do not retain their paragraph formatting. This is quite a blow to my plans if it means facing the enormous task of editing a vast amount of narrative. I seem to recall in the past transferring some GEDCOM files to a trial version of a family history programme, and finding to my delight that the formatting held. However, with my advancing years, I do not remember which programme this was, or whether this was just me dreaming!!
Many thanks for your help.
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