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by Mark1834
11 Jul 2020 13:53
Forum: Research
Topic: Finding Adopted Children
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Finding Adopted Children

I have a similar case in Fulham from exactly this period, but for me it’s the other way around. Unusually, the father’s full details were included on the child’s birth certificate, along with that of his unmarried mother who lived in the next street. The father went on to marry somebody else only th...
by Mark1834
11 Jul 2020 09:56
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

I’d be inclined to wait until V7 appears and give that a thorough test. Hopefully CP at least skim-read this forum to pick up programming issues, so I will assume they are familiar with the general issues. If they have made improvements, it would be good idea to invite Linux/Mac users to be beta tes...
by Mark1834
09 Jul 2020 14:19
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

Mervyn, I'm sure you are correct in thinking it is the NovaPDF install that is hanging, rather than the core FH one. I was able to kill the frozen installation screen by ending the "novaink7.exe" process in the Fedora System Monitor (very similar to and presumably modelled on Window's Task Manager)....
by Mark1834
08 Jul 2020 16:34
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

The release notes for FH 6.2.6 (i.e. the latest substantive revision) do at least recognise that there is more to do for Wine/Crossover compatibility, so hopefully V7 will take us further in that direction..... A couple of other hopefully relevant observations: I tried the installation on Fedora 32/...
by Mark1834
06 Jul 2020 16:18
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

PS - to test my current setup (Mint), I tried installing the free demo version of RootsMagic under Wine. It installed fine, with only a couple of minor warning messages, and appears to run my basic database copy ok (but very superficial testing only).
by Mark1834
06 Jul 2020 15:50
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

Mervyn, You are certainly right about Wine variability! This was a good time to experiment, so I repeated the exercise with Ubuntu 18.04. This installs Wine 3 by default, and I went with this rather than jumping through hoops to force Wine 5. Wine 3 set to either Win 7 or Win 10 behaved similarly to...
by Mark1834
06 Jul 2020 09:03
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

Colin, it wasn’t well phrased, but I think it was highly relevant. I don’t know whether an installation that hangs if the instructions are followed or completes with a screenful of error messages if they are modified is successful or not. It’s probably a moot point, as I suspect that only an advance...
by Mark1834
05 Jul 2020 21:01
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: Problems with Linux installation

Apologies folks, that was not the clearest post I have ever written, as I included a misleading screen grab and unnecessarily discussed a known issue with an easy workaround. It was actually posted in the recent thread on updating the knowledge base https://www.fhug.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t...
by Mark1834
05 Jul 2020 09:56
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Problems with Linux installation
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Problems with Linux installation

I have an old basic system (AMD A6/4 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA disk) dedicated to Ubuntu, as there are some things that are either easier in Linux or even not possible in Windows, and I learnt many years ago that dual-booting is riddled with problems. I have just done a clean install of Ubuntu 20.04, so i...
by Mark1834
05 Jul 2020 09:33
Forum: General
Topic: Private Trees
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Re: Private Trees

Fully agree with these comments. My Ancestry tree is public, as I want people to see the details and contact me if they are interested. However, it is "bare bones" only (BMD etc and census only, no sources or media), and stops two generations back from the present time as I mark everybody more recen...
by Mark1834
30 Jun 2020 15:29
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back

And that is the key general point - it is not sufficient to just support a format or character set. When copying data between applications as text files, both applications have to be set to use the same character set (and date format, to avoid m/d/y - d/m/y - y/m/d corruptions), otherwise data loss ...
by Mark1834
30 Jun 2020 11:00
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back

I didn’t say they don’t support it. I said they may not by default. That is based on my early experience with importing a GEDCOM file into Excel and processing it with VBA. All the £ signs disappeared from my probate entries! I didn’t pursue exactly where the incompatibility was (the text import or ...
by Mark1834
30 Jun 2020 09:32
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: Exporting To Excel To Edit, Then Importing Back

Another potential trap when moving data between applications is around character sets. This is particularly relevant when using characters that are specific to individual languages. Family Historian uses UTF-16 by default, which is very good at handling international characters, but many office-base...
by Mark1834
28 Jun 2020 14:39
Forum: General Usage
Topic: How to enter and link different names for same city?
Replies: 14
Views: 704

Re: How to enter and link different names for same city?

Indeed it has, but I was clarifying that the same process is appropriate for a relatively minor change to name. It may be "obvious" to regular contributors here that identity of place is based on the full name in whatever detail is entered, but not everybody will necessarily pick up that point. I'm ...
by Mark1834
28 Jun 2020 11:37
Forum: General Usage
Topic: How to enter and link different names for same city?
Replies: 14
Views: 704

Re: How to enter and link different names for same city?

Nobody has mentioned it specifically in this discussion, but presumably using the “standardized” place name is the recommended method to deal with the issue we have all come across where county names in particular change over time? For example, Middlesex/Surrey/Kent vs London, Lancashire vs Merseysi...
by Mark1834
14 Jun 2020 13:59
Forum: General
Topic: FH7 Looks?
Replies: 52
Views: 6891

Re: FH7 Looks?

I don’t mind a subscription when there is an ongoing service, such as OneDrive and Microsoft 365, but I agree it’s a poor option otherwise. I would also be very wary of tailoring my family history records to one particular piece of software. Both FH and RootsMagic seem to be driven by individuals (S...
by Mark1834
26 May 2020 14:04
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Media format (jpg or jpeg)
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Media format (jpg or jpeg)

I suspect it arises from subtle differences in how the original image file is encoded. For example, all my 1939 Register images are jpeg , as are all 1911 census and probate up to 1972. However, later probate entries (1973 on), which were made available on-line more recently, are all jpg ! Parish Re...
by Mark1834
26 May 2020 09:52
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Media format (jpg or jpeg)
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Media format (jpg or jpeg)

From time to time, I do a review of my database to check for consistent names and formats, missing references, etc. In the list of media records, images are recorded as both jpg and jpeg format, even though all the original files are of type *.jpg . My first thought was that editing the files to rem...
by Mark1834
12 May 2020 09:28
Forum: General
Topic: Who should you add to your tree?
Replies: 13
Views: 1037

Re: Who should you add to your tree?

My two pennies’ worth - Separate trees for self and wife, as we grew up hundreds of miles apart and there is absolutely no overlap. I can combine them later if either of our children want to extend it in the future. I include only the following: 1. Direct ancestors 2. Siblings of direct ancestors 3....
by Mark1834
03 May 2020 08:33
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Get Directory Permissions
Replies: 16
Views: 1102

Re: Get Directory Permissions

Curious - I think you might have misread the linked page, Mike (or equally I might have misunderstood your question ;) ). If I run the code snippet in Linux, it behaves exactly as described, with the illustrated table including the default permissions for a newly created test directory (full rwx for...
by Mark1834
02 May 2020 07:30
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Get Directory Permissions
Replies: 16
Views: 1102

Re: Get Directory Permissions

Mike - this looks like it might be relevant (not checked it myself)

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/164 ... ble-in-lua
by Mark1834
27 Apr 2020 11:16
Forum: General
Topic: Inflated occupations
Replies: 0
Views: 606

Inflated occupations

We’ve all come across examples of boosting a lowly occupation description, but I think the one I found this morning is my favourite so far - a lifetime of being a painter’s labourer was described on his son’s Marriage Certificate as a “Pastel Servant”! I wonder if the Registrar managed to keep a str...
by Mark1834
16 Mar 2020 13:18
Forum: Research
Topic: Deceased Online Records.
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: Deceased Online Records.

I find the free details (full name, date and place of burial) useful for confirming burial details, particularly if you already have at least an approximate death date from other sources (GRO index/certificate, probate etc). Subscribing will give you the original cemetery register, which will usuall...
by Mark1834
24 Feb 2020 10:19
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Media Files to Ancestry
Replies: 20
Views: 2172

Re: Media Files to Ancestry

Dave - probate gives married surname, which identifies marriage and husband name, so we have already identified the "private" record. It's then easy to find their daughter, her marriage, and two daughters born in the mid-1960s, none of whom are on the tree. You could do the same with my public Ances...
by Mark1834
23 Feb 2020 16:08
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Media Files to Ancestry
Replies: 20
Views: 2172

Re: Media Files to Ancestry

Sources reveal more unintended data - the source for Jane Smith's death, burial or probate will probably give her married name, hence another potential easy lead into finding children.... This has actually given me food for thought on my own public tree - I will delete all references to first cousin...