Re: Name conflict with an existing file

Mike Tate


When you enter source documents two things happen:

  1. A Media record is created that links to a Media file
  2. A Media file is added into the Project folder structure in the Media folder

When you delete the Media record it does not delete the Media file.


So one solution, when recreating the Media record is to browse to the Media file that still exists in the Media folder.

That will be at …\Family Historian Projects\<project>\<project>.fh_data\Media where <project> is your Project name.

Otherwise, when you ask FH to recreate the Media file, Windows finds the file already there so gives the new one the (2) suffix.


Another solution is to run the Check for Unlinked Media Plugin, but as a newcomer, you may not have discovered Plugins yet.

The best way to learn about them is in the FHUG Knowledge Base > Family Historian Plugins at:


Also from your description, it is not clear whether you have a clear understanding of the Individual, Source & Media records structure.

There is much free introductory tutorial material in the FHUG Knowledge Base at


Regards, Mike Tate


From: <> On Behalf Of blakey1954@...
Sent: 13 April 2020 03:31
Subject: [family-historian] Name conflict with an existing file


I'm new to FH and have struck a problem when entering Source documents. I entered a Source document then deleted it while trying to standardize all other Source records. When re-entering it I got the 'name conflict ...' error message. I can enter the document but it will add a (2) etc. at the end. I don't want this. It appears the original deletion did not clean up all 'behind-the-scenes' records/links. How do I check for and cleanup the original entry to resolve this? There is only one source file I am trying to enter into FH.
Thank you. 


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