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by jmurphy
18 Jun 2018 19:12
Forum: General
Topic: Which pdf reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 1286

Re: Which pdf reader?

I have been collecting out-of-copyright directories and local histories from Google Books, The Internet Archive, and FamilySearch. Most of the time I choose PDFs to preserve the original page layouts. The new version of Foxit has added a very useful feature: Save the search results to PDF or CSV fil...
by jmurphy
15 Jun 2018 06:31
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Where is Ancestral Sources
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: Where is Ancestral Sources

Mike -- I'll be happy to do so, once I have my data in order and can post intelligently about what I want to do.
by jmurphy
15 Jun 2018 06:29
Forum: Ancestral Sources
Topic: 1901 census
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: 1901 census

Aye jmurphy, An alternative is to enter the unknown named brothers spouse as "Christina Hughes //" . Christina being her given name, Hughes her married surname and // for where her maiden surname will be entered and her relationship to the head of the family is selected as "Daughter-...
by jmurphy
14 Jun 2018 08:26
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Where is Ancestral Sources
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: Where is Ancestral Sources

Thanks Mike for those suggestions, as well. I have been reading through the Knowledge Base and watching the Ancestral Sources tutorials. I've been playing around with data too. One question I have is whether it is possible to create other facts and attributes for other details from the record. For ...
by jmurphy
14 Jun 2018 08:10
Forum: Ancestral Sources
Topic: 1901 census
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: 1901 census

I dislike making 'placeholder' individuals where the intermediates are not known, so I connect grandchildren to grandparents and other reported relations as associated persons. I can understand a distaste for 'placeholder' individuals - however, I do use them - my excuse is that I work off diagrams...
by jmurphy
02 Jun 2018 06:09
Forum: Ancestral Sources
Topic: 1901 census
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: 1901 census

I dislike making 'placeholder' individuals where the intermediates are not known, so I connect grandchildren to grandparents and other reported relations as associated persons.
by jmurphy
29 May 2018 09:43
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Sources, Citations, and Methods
Replies: 22
Views: 2692

Re: Sources, Citations and Methods

Sorry for the late reply but I've just seen this thread for the first time and I didn't see this when it was first posted. You need a different mindset for FH as most of the genealogy programs on the market are US based so they have a sequence of create the source then create the citation and use a ...
by jmurphy
29 May 2018 09:00
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Female Married Name
Replies: 15
Views: 767

Re: Female Married Name

My use of ?? is an unambiguous way of saying I don’t know, and use it often for things like occupation or name . Nee is a universal term used by everyone, not just genealogist, so using Nee ?? as a surname is unambiguous and its meaning clear, which is why I use it. :D Actually, it isn't unambiguou...
by jmurphy
27 May 2018 23:48
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Female Married Name
Replies: 15
Views: 767

Re: Female Married Name

I agree with Tamura Jones. If you don't know something, leave the field blank. https://www.tamurajones.net/FNULNUMNUUNK.xhtml I created a custom field in Family Historian that I call "Who". In this field, I write information that allows me to distinguish individuals from each other. (For m...
by jmurphy
27 May 2018 23:24
Forum: General
Topic: Which pdf reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 1286

Re: Which pdf reader?

Jan, Just an FYI... PDF-Xchange Editor does allow you to OCR PDF documents in the free version and also allows appending to existing PDF files. Also, once you have all the images in the PDF file you can use PDF-Xchange Editor to extract them all into a single or into separate .JPG images in one com...
by jmurphy
25 May 2018 22:01
Forum: General
Topic: Rootsweb FHU Mailing list 'up for adoption'??
Replies: 16
Views: 720

Re: Rootsweb FHU Mailing list 'up for adoption'??

Like others, I am subscribed to the list and saw the same message come through as Lorna posted earlier. Is this another casualty of the GDPR?
by jmurphy
22 May 2018 02:39
Forum: General
Topic: Which pdf reader?
Replies: 17
Views: 1286

Re: Which pdf reader?

In addition to Adobe Reader, I have used: Nitro PDF: https://www.gonitro.com/ Foxit Reader: https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/ Sumatra PDF: https://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/free-pdf-reader.html Since I print to PDF instead of paper most of the time, I like NitroPDF for its ease in appending p...
by jmurphy
18 May 2018 18:55
Forum: Research
Topic: Can online services support FH research?
Replies: 21
Views: 2822

Re: Can online services support FH research?

To add to my earlier post -- Always, always, always download a copy of any record images (Ancestry calls them "citation media") to your own computer for use with Family Historian. The big subscription sites and sites like FamilySearch sometimes lose their rights to offer a data set, and if...
by jmurphy
21 Apr 2018 22:31
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Findmypast hints
Replies: 25
Views: 2708

Re: Findmypast hints

Be aware that both Ancestry and findmypast hint engines for the online tree system go dormant if you haven't looked at that particular person in a while. If you are working on the online trees, you can nudge the system into giving you new hints by editing the person you'd like to see new hints for. ...
by jmurphy
21 Apr 2018 22:24
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Additional information sheet
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Additional information sheet

As jmurphy says, I would use an Excel spreadsheet. If you think about how you might want to consult your information you can make headers for columns so that you can sort the information in different ways. I do this for Parish record infrmation and GRO indexes for One Name studies. Anne The one cau...
by jmurphy
21 Apr 2018 22:19
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Place names - counties corporate
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Place names - counties corporate

... Best practice is probably to spell out the word "county" in full, e.g. Alameda, Alameda County, California (plus whatever you like for USA) but it can get very long, especially if you spell out United States. ... Thanks Jan. Sounds good best practice to me. These issues seem to come u...
by jmurphy
21 Apr 2018 22:10
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Place names - counties corporate
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Place names - counties corporate

That is a good example of the problems we face in the UK with place names. There are several Reg Districts that included Slapton . 1837 - 1998 Kingsbridge Reg District see https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/districts/kingsbridge.html 1998 - 2007 South Hams Reg District see https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/di...
by jmurphy
21 Apr 2018 21:59
Forum: Research
Topic: records with no names in the index
Replies: 0
Views: 319

records with no names in the index

A recent blog post at findmypast has prompted me to revisit searching by census address. https://blog.findmypast.com/1911-census-address-search-reintroduced-to-findmypast-2538067585.html The post starts off as follows: Our handy address search tool, which previously only featured on the 1901 and 191...
by jmurphy
18 Apr 2018 22:27
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Place names - counties corporate
Replies: 25
Views: 2901

Re: Place names - counties corporate

I was just doing some cleanup for an old file, and discovered that I had both Slapton, Devon, England, and Slapton, Kingsbridge R.D., Devon, England (probably an artifact of the 1939 Register). "What would FHUG advise for best practices?" I thought, then discovered I had already written po...
by jmurphy
18 Apr 2018 21:52
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Additional information sheet
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Additional information sheet

I would like to make a separate sheet to record cemeteries and lair numbers. Can anyone advise how I should do this? Thanks This answer is more relevant to the General Research area instead of being about using Family Historian, but one thing you can do is keep that information in a spreadsheet, us...
by jmurphy
18 Apr 2018 21:24
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Additional information sheet
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Additional information sheet

From the information given at The Mitchell Library's page on Burial Lair and Cremation Registers , I would guess that lair numbers are similar to plot numbers in the USA. Knowing the ownership of the plot in the US can give clues about family members. A record of plot ownership might show all the di...
by jmurphy
06 Mar 2018 22:41
Forum: Web Site Usage
Topic: Rootsweb is still down
Replies: 19
Views: 2711

Re: Rootsweb is still down

Anne Gillespie Mitchell sent out a notice on one of the RootsWeb mailing lists I subscribe to. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ From today's update: Update: March 6, 2018 We have some good news on our progress to bring RootsWeb back online. As of today, the RootsWeb mailing lists are now available ...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 19:22
Forum: Research
Topic: Research Advice for a Newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 1742

Re: Research Advice for a Newbie

jmurphy has some good advice that I plan to plagiarise and add to research:getting_started|> Getting Started with Genealogy Research . [ EDIT: I have captured much of the advice from this thread in research:getting_started#research_ancestral_records|> Research Ancestral Records and would welcome an...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 18:51
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Findmypast hints new option
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Findmypast hints new option

I agree, Mike, but if enough people are attaching records from a particular record group, perhaps findmypast might add that to the subset of records for which hints are being generated? We'll see what happens. I understand that hint engines can only search so much, otherwise they are a big drain on ...
by jmurphy
21 Jan 2018 04:52
Forum: Research
Topic: Research Advice for a Newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 1742

Re: Research Advice for a Newbie

Chris -- I'll give my standard advice for newcomers, but first, here's a preamble. What I call the genealogy 'industry' (i.e. the big subscription sites) are keen to lock users into their own ecosystems. Most allow you to create a tree online and attempt to make it easy for you to attach records fro...

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