Best strategy when moving from a flat file "database" to an Access 2016 relational database?
Posted on 2016-09-24
At the moment we are running our member "database" in Excel (yeah, I know!)... But as the members keep piling up, the member management part becomes very time consuming. Now someone told me to, instead of importing these csv-files to Excel, doing so into a new MS Access 2016 relational database. I am quite familiar with formulas in Excel to manipulate data and to clean up the data in the fields after importing the files into Excel, but I am a bit hesitant of learning a completely new software as I do not know how difficult this might be?
The current flat file version is rather simple. It consists of fields for the parents and their children. The main focus should be the child. As it is now I have the parents and one child per row, which means that parents who have registred several children, will be on several rows, ("records"). I guess it would make much more sense if I had one table for the parents data and one table with the "children data", as a child can have one or two parents and one or two parents can have on or several children. Whats gets a bit complicated is that we have divorced parents with several children in our current file, which means that we might need to set up some more tables as well such as "household table"???
Anyway, I just wanted first to get some input into if you think it would be feasible for me to make this transition with a good book on Access and maybe some kind help from you guys!? Or should we just stick with the Excel file?