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by dewilkinson
15 Apr 2019 15:38
Forum: General
Topic: I Quit FH for TMG
Replies: 29
Views: 780

Re: I Quit FH for TMG

I too am of a higher age and came to FH from TMG . Whilst there are a few things that were better in TMG , such as a structured places and relational citations, I think FH offers much more and I have no intention of going back. I agree with everything that Gowermick says and endorse that perseveranc...
by dewilkinson
19 Mar 2019 17:37
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Change map locator symbol
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Change map locator symbol

Mike, I agree with you, the cross at the center of the screen can be very difficult to see especially if the background map has a lot of detail. In addition it would be nice when FH auto- geocodes it places the marker in line the cross as well, it does when the co-ordinates are present, so why not a...
by dewilkinson
13 Mar 2019 18:57
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Mapping Issue
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Mapping Issue

I make extensive use of the mapping facility and find it gives mixed results. Sometimes it finds the place down to street level and close to the house number on occasions (that might just be luck though). On about 10% of occasions it is way off, sometimes in a completely different part of the countr...
by dewilkinson
11 Feb 2019 07:36
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Advice Needed from TMG Users Who Switched to FH
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: Advice Needed from TMG Users Who Switched to FH

Don, We are all free to choose what software we prefer. I used to think that nothing was better than TMG, which was the market leader in its day. FH isn't perfect, but no package is. I think a few statements in your last post are incorrect:- in FH you can create what ever Fact tags you require you h...
by dewilkinson
08 Feb 2019 17:46
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Advice Needed from TMG Users Who Switched to FH
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: Advice Needed from TMG Users Who Switched to FH

I switch from TMG nearly two years ago. Regarding your specific point about citations (and other reports options) FH is very flexible and I place my citations at the end of each person. It might be that in the trial version all the options possible are not present. I think overall FH is better than ...
by dewilkinson
01 Feb 2019 14:37
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Is there a simple way to incorporate BMD data?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Is there a simple way to incorporate BMD data?

As you will find from reading around this forum there are many different ways of doing this. It is a matter of personal choice. My way is to use a 'lumped' source such as 'EW Birth Index 1837-2007' then record the date of data entry in the Entry Date field, set an Assessment , input the reference in...
by dewilkinson
24 Jan 2019 17:16
Forum: General
Topic: Apostrophes
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Apostrophes

I think this is a non-definitive subject as you will always find variations, even within official body documentation. Also, some place names have changed over time. For example the Isles of Scilly Registration District was called Scilly Islands until 1903 becoming Isles of Scilly thereafter. Persona...
by dewilkinson
23 Jan 2019 06:52
Forum: General Usage
Topic: database engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2092

Re: database engine

I migrated from TMG about 2 years ago and I think FH was the best choice. Whilst FH doesn't have a few features that TMG had, it has much more and I don't miss those features. You do have to get used a different way of working though, for example in TMG places/addresses are stored in a structured wa...
by dewilkinson
06 Jan 2019 17:15
Forum: General Usage
Topic: harmonizing TMG9 tag types with FH6 fact types
Replies: 17
Views: 1027

Re: harmonizing TMG9 tag types with FH6 fact types

I migrated from TMG about 28 months ago and made extensive use of "Change any Fact Tag", I ended up only having to manually 'redo'' a small number facts. The key of course is to take regular back ups during the process in case it goes horribly wrong. I have no regrets switching to FH , whi...
by dewilkinson
16 Nov 2018 14:29
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Reducing the size of the source list in reports
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Reducing the size of the source list in reports

Mike, My database goes back many years and contains many old citations that do not conform to my current standards, and I am slowly tidying them up. The duplicate 1901 census has now gone in this example and I do prefer lumping for things like census, birth index, death index records where you can c...
by dewilkinson
16 Nov 2018 07:49
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Reducing the size of the source list in reports
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Reducing the size of the source list in reports

I felt the same and I have reduced the settings to what I think is the minimum needed, see attached image. You need to be diligent to ensure a single reference used multiple times for a person/family are identical, if not you get multiple entries. I do this using the Copy Citation button. Enabling A...
by dewilkinson
15 Nov 2018 16:46
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Show Place Tentative Status
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Show Place Tentative Status

Reported to Calico Pie and it has been passed on to the developers.
by dewilkinson
14 Nov 2018 15:17
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Show Place Tentative Status
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Show Place Tentative Status

Mike,

Many thanks, I have it included now. Strange it doesn't appear in the Data Reference Assistant.
by dewilkinson
14 Nov 2018 14:09
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Show Place Tentative Status
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Show Place Tentative Status

This may be a silly question, but is it possible to show the status of a Place in the Places Window ? It seems very hidden and long winded to have to open the map, select the place in the Places window , then goto Map on the menu bar, then select Geocoding . Configure columns doesn't seem to give yo...
by dewilkinson
21 Oct 2018 18:35
Forum: General Usage
Topic: New to the program....
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: New to the program....

Select yourself so you appear in the main window, then go Edit -> File Root -> Set as Root. FH will then open with you as the selected person and all relationships will be as relative to yourself. You will see various threads on this particularly about always opening with the last selected person. F...
by dewilkinson
11 Oct 2018 05:36
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Census, 1939 Register, Electoral Roll
Replies: 30
Views: 2332

Re: Census, 1939 Register, Electoral Roll

FMP have opened a few records for me and I have never been charged. We already pay a significant subscription so I would consider a charge to be out of order. The only problem I have had is when they refuse to open a record saying the details don't match, I argued and they then agreed to open them. ...
by dewilkinson
09 Oct 2018 08:14
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Census, 1939 Register, Electoral Roll
Replies: 30
Views: 2332

Re: Census, 1939 Register, Electoral Roll

Regarding your point about what to call this. Although it is technically a 'Register' I decided I would record details as a 'Census' Fact as this is what it is closest/akin to. Regarding addresses, transcriptions give the Road and Borough Council (which is mis-leading), so it is sometimes helpful to...
by dewilkinson
03 Sep 2018 12:19
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Start over?
Replies: 14
Views: 1451

Re: Start over?

I am in the process of going through all of my entries (>24,000 individuals) which is going to take about four years. We started entering in TMG before transferring to FH and many sources were not properly cited. I have attached two images to demonstrate the standards I have set my self. The FH is s...
by dewilkinson
27 Aug 2018 12:00
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Sentence template age attribute vs fact age
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Sentence template age attribute vs fact age

Lorna, Mike, Many thanks, both work but I have gone with the CombineText version. I primarily wanted this for death records as many ancient burial records didn't record an age. My death sentence now reads <para>{%CUR_PRIN.NAME[1]:FIRST%} died< of {cause}>< on {%FACT.DATE:DAY_OF_WEEK%}>< {date}>< at ...
by dewilkinson
27 Aug 2018 07:36
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Sentence template age attribute vs fact age
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Sentence template age attribute vs fact age

I have tried without success to locate how to include in a Fact sentence template use the age attribute if present else use the calculated age i.e. use {age} if not present use {%FACT.AGE%}. Is such an IF / OR possible in a sentence template?
by dewilkinson
27 Aug 2018 05:26
Forum: General Usage
Topic: How to Present the Family Tree?
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: How to Present the Family Tree?

If your FH file and associated documents are large (mine is ~25,000 individuals) then you cannot do it easily. I think you need to find out what he actually wants. I often get a question and people usually want to see their bit of the tree or how they are related to someone else, so you can just run...
by dewilkinson
19 Aug 2018 18:12
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Create dynamic website
Replies: 11
Views: 1088

Re: Create dynamic website

I started using the FH web generator at the beginning of this year and I have set myself a task to update my website at the end of every month, and it doesn't take very long. When the generator is running and the upload is taking place you can be doing other things on your PC. I'm not convinced that...
by dewilkinson
03 Aug 2018 09:37
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: GEDCOM to HTML and RDF
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: GEDCOM to HTML and RDF

I use the create a web site in FH , take a look at http://www.wilkinsonransomefamilytree.co.uk/ I let FH create the pages but I have modified the main page and the CSS file, keeping them in a separate folder ready to copy in, and I replace a few lines of code in each file to tidy up the menu bar. I ...
by dewilkinson
27 Jul 2018 17:25
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Prisoner of War
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Prisoner of War

I have made my own Custom Fact as I have quite a few people who were prisoners of war. I probably need to tinker with the words by changing "was" to "became a" but I'll think about that as it does for the moment. I'm also thinking do I need a captured one as well as a PoW Fact . ...
by dewilkinson
09 Jun 2018 06:06
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FH 6.2.7
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Re: FH 6.2.7

I just ran the upgrade from FH->Help and it completed without an error.

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