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by Mark1834
06 Jun 2019 12:21
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 10 upgrade questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2613

Re: Windows 10 upgrade questions

You don’t have to go too big - my LG is “only” 29”, and I find that plenty big enough. It’s the same as two non-widescreen 17” monitors side by side, and in my experience over the years, 17-19” non-widescreen is about the right size for text-based applications such as FH. If you want to look at very...
by Mark1834
06 Jun 2019 08:56
Forum: General
Topic: Windows 10 upgrade questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2613

Re: Windows 10 upgrade questions

I needed to replace monitors recently, and went with a single "ultrawide" from LG. It's brilliant - plenty of room to have FH and a source document open side by side without the huge sacrifice in desk real estate required by twin widescreens, or even a laptop with supplementary monitor. Mine is 2 * ...
by Mark1834
26 May 2019 18:33
Forum: General
Topic: How would we fare if the Records Office honoured its confidentiality agreements?
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: How would we fare if the Records Office honoured its confidentiality agreements?

Interesting to read the arguments for and against in the link Lorna posted. For me, it is clear - our hobby does not trump assurances given in 1921, and it should stay confidential until 2022.
by Mark1834
24 May 2019 11:09
Forum: General Usage
Topic: When to stop with Sources
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: When to stop with Sources

I go further - I rarely give an explicit citation for name, as there is an implied citation in every source you quote, as you have assumed that the person named in the source is the same as the person in your database. Similarly, if all I know about an individual’s birth is what’s written in a censu...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2019 14:12
Forum: General Usage
Topic: underscore character or hyphen?
Replies: 14
Views: 1169

Re: underscore character or hyphen?

Guess there is no ideal solution. For what it’s worth, underscores are probably more common in programming languages, so if you write add-ins you may be more inclined to use them. I also use underscores to denote missing or uncertain characters when transcribing, but the context generally makes the ...
by Mark1834
10 Apr 2019 20:12
Forum: General Usage
Topic: underscore character or hyphen?
Replies: 14
Views: 1169

Re: underscore character or hyphen?

Strictly speaking, the en-dash should be used to denote a span (e.g., John Smith lived in London 1850-1859), but I think it is safer to stick to the simple hyphen for all dashes. Easy enough when entering text directly from the keyboard, but be careful if copying from a word processing package that ...
by Mark1834
11 Mar 2019 20:08
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: PAF5 inport
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: PAF5 inport

There are a few options in the attached link. Once you have a GEDCOM file, it can be imported into FH directly.

https://genealogy.stackexchange.com/que ... -to-gedcom
by Mark1834
03 Mar 2019 11:09
Forum: General
Topic: FH Support Ticket System Feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 888

Re: FH Support Ticket System Feedback

That rather begs the question of where are Calico Pie on this forum? I tend to dip in and out over time, but I don’t remember seeing much (anything?) contributed directly by their small team. It could create the impesssion that FH is regarded as a mature product with little active development...
by Mark1834
03 Feb 2019 13:53
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Media Link to file or insert from file
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Media Link to file or insert from file

Thanks Lorna, that is a good additional explanation. It might take a new user a while to get clear in their mind the difference between a media Record and a media File (it did for me, anyway!). The record is really just a device for keeping together the media file and information associated with it ...
by Mark1834
03 Feb 2019 13:00
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Age at Burial
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: Age at Burial

Indeed - I like to capture as much from sources as possible, as that is the only thing in our databases that is 100% certain. It is absolutely certain that the Parish Register recorded name and age as it does. Going from there to anything else (when they died, when they were born, even exactly which...
by Mark1834
03 Feb 2019 12:52
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FTM to FH - Citation to Source
Replies: 5
Views: 691

Re: FTM to FH - Citation to Source

Dave has tested a simplified Python script that does what he has described, and it can be posted here for others to use and develop as appropriate. As posted here, it takes a single named source and splits it up such that each lumped citation becomes a new source with a name of the pattern Original ...
by Mark1834
03 Feb 2019 12:14
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Media Link to file or insert from file
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Media Link to file or insert from file

Inserting places a copy of the media file in the Family Historian project folder. If you only ever access your media through FH , this has the advantage of being easier to manage and backup, as there is a permanent association between the file and the database that does not change. Linking does not ...
by Mark1834
03 Feb 2019 12:02
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Age at Burial
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: Age at Burial

My style is similar to Adrian's. If I only have a burial date but not an exact death date, I record an approximate death date based on the burial, typically the same month without the exact date. Age at burial was also a useful indicator for mid-nineteenth century deaths before age at death became a...
by Mark1834
31 Jan 2019 14:56
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FTM to FH - Citation to Source
Replies: 5
Views: 691

Re: FTM to FH - Citation to Source

Happy to assist if you want to take the Python route, as this is an easy modification of the general script described in the cited thread. You would need to install the free software, modify a script with my guidance and run it from the command line, so does require some familiarity with more genera...
by Mark1834
23 Jan 2019 22:49
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Re: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1

Mike, Splitting can be customised according to what information is available. For Census entries, I already have the PRO reference as the detailed citation (the citation Where within Source ), so this readily creates sufficiently distinct split source names, one per household. I add the location for...
by Mark1834
22 Jan 2019 22:59
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Re: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1

These conversion routines are now done, and I have two Python scripts exactly analogous to the previous Excel/VBA versions but vastly superior (more compact, easier to follow, much quicker, and above all, free!). The first formats the Family Tree Maker export GEDCOM to address various issues raised ...
by Mark1834
21 Jan 2019 08:21
Forum: General
Topic: FH Upgrade Schedule (roughly speaking)
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: FH Upgrade Schedule (roughly speaking)

Calico Pie are a tiny organisation (four employees according to their latest Companies House return), so opportunities for stress testing new features and versions in-house are limited. Have previous upgrades arrived fully formed, or do they invite forum members to beta-test prior to release?
by Mark1834
14 Jan 2019 23:02
Forum: General
Topic: Apostrophes
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

Re: Apostrophes

That might raise the question of who writes the standards in the future. Trying some random examples of UK place names in Ancestry for example, their place name database is a mess of mixed US/UK punctuation styles and missing apostrophes. Maybe in another generation, all but the most basic punctuati...
by Mark1834
14 Jan 2019 20:16
Forum: General
Topic: Apostrophes
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

Re: Apostrophes

Indeed! Probably better to describe my target as “consistency” rather than absolute “correctness”, as there are multiple versions of the latter, and it changes with time...
by Mark1834
14 Jan 2019 18:10
Forum: General
Topic: Apostrophes
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

Apostrophes

Being a bit of a pedant about these things, I was reviewing my database to ensure place names were punctuated correctly and came across links to both St. Neots and St. Neot's registration district. Unsure of which was correct (in, as in King's Lynn , or out, as in St. Albans ) I checked online, and ...
by Mark1834
13 Jan 2019 10:41
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1
Replies: 7
Views: 971

Re: Converting Sources: Method 2 to Method 1

The Excel routines were useful for tidying and converting my own tree, which was originally developed in Family Tree Maker , which has a more traditional "database" approach that doesn't work well in FH due to fundamental limitations of GEDCOM . It was based on older routines that I used with FTM to...
by Mark1834
07 Jan 2019 17:17
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Living Flag
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Living Flag

Not all packages use the Living flag the same way. I have many examples in my Ancestry tree where the Living flag has been set automatically when no death date was specified, even if birth was over 200 years ago!! Not sure if the bug is with Ancestry or RootsMagic, which I use as a “helper” applicat...
by Mark1834
29 Dec 2018 14:22
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Where to put upgrade product key?
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: Where to put upgrade product key?

I’ve always been scared of losing activation codes and the like, so I generally have up to three copies, as appropriate for the original media: 1. E-mails containing user names and/or activation codes are filed by supplier, with the PST files backed up both locally and in the cloud. 2. A simple spre...
by Mark1834
23 Dec 2018 21:46
Forum: General
Topic: Editing source images?
Replies: 9
Views: 1241

Re: Editing source images?

Indeed - my images are solely for personal use or sharing with immediate family, and I never republish elsewhere. I can see how this arises - there is a world of difference between a non-exclusive permission to use and reassigning copyright ownership. The company I used to work for always retained o...
by Mark1834
23 Dec 2018 12:39
Forum: General
Topic: Editing source images?
Replies: 9
Views: 1241

Re: Editing source images?

One advantage of putting the source citation in the metadata is that it doesn’t have to be modified to accommodate limitations in file names. For example, RG10/1234 folio 56 p7 is perfectly acceptable in metadata but not as a filename.