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by Mark1834
18 May 2024 16:37
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Creating unique splitting-method source name
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Creating unique splitting-method source name

To clarify, FH does not require a unique source name, but I agree that the carbon-based life forms can keep track of them more easily if they are. I too prefer relatively short names rather than long essays, and my typical source title follows a What: When (year only) - Who, Where style. Typical exa...
by Mark1834
16 May 2024 08:45
Forum: Reports, Books & Websites
Topic: Some Media Records Missing From ISR
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Some Media Records Missing From ISR

FH - it is an old 32-bit application that can never use more than about 3 GB of RAM, so it doesn't matter whether you PC has an i-9 CPU, shed loads of RAM and an M.2 PCIe SSD or a Pentium, 4 GB RAM and a mechanical HDD (it's faster, but can't cope with larger data sets). It would be nice if FH8 were...
by Mark1834
14 May 2024 08:55
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: GRO BMD Index Citations
Replies: 61
Views: 1166

Re: GRO BMD Index Citations

Gary - couple of points to clarify... You seem uncertain about the background to the various methods for accessing the England & Wales GRO Indexes. ONLY the GRO themselves have access to their original registers, no matter how old. That is a legal protection, and it would require primary legisla...
by Mark1834
13 May 2024 18:10
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: GRO BMD Index Citations
Replies: 61
Views: 1166

Re: GRO BMD Index Citations

Exactly - in principle, the GRO Indexes are one of the simplest sources going, but as you are now realising, there is huge variation on what details are available, depending on date and which version of the index it is - BMD’s crowd-sourced transcription of the printed index, a commercial transcript...
by Mark1834
12 May 2024 12:16
Forum: Importing
Topic: Missing fact
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Missing fact

I have (e.g. by adding a date to Reference Number) - they are discarded silently, without flagging the error…
by Mark1834
12 May 2024 09:38
Forum: Importing
Topic: Missing fact
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Missing fact

This arises from a significant difference in design between RM and FH. FH takes as its starting point a strict adherence to GEDCOM. As a result, it distinguishes between Events (which generally have a date and place, but no value, such as Birth), Attributes (which generally have date, place, and val...
by Mark1834
07 May 2024 08:01
Forum: Research
Topic: Birth certificate not found at GRO England
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: Birth certificate not found at GRO England

Holborn is part of the London Borough of Camden, which also extends to much of the surrounding area, so it is likely that Peter was born within its modern boundaries. Checking online, they appear to refer all applications for copies of pre-1940 certificates to the GRO and no longer offer a search of...
by Mark1834
06 May 2024 17:00
Forum: Research
Topic: Birth certificate not found at GRO England
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: Birth certificate not found at GRO England

Welcome to FHUG, Eleanor. Have to checked both FreeBMD and the GRO’s own online catalogue, including spelling and name variations? They are independent compilations, so you need to check both. It might be worth also checking the local Registration Office for where he was born, just in case it was mi...
by Mark1834
05 May 2024 17:05
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: Forcing rollback of changes
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Forcing rollback of changes

How about a plugin option where the user sets their own error message? They can say whatever they like without having to get it past the plugin police... ;)
by Mark1834
05 May 2024 13:44
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: Forcing rollback of changes
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Forcing rollback of changes

Would it work to require that the project is saved before running, copy the GEDCOM file and save it back before closing? However, it's a bit of a kludge and don't force the user to reload the GEDCOM.

There is no API access to Edit > Undo Plugin Changes, which would be better.
by Mark1834
03 May 2024 15:02
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Record window anomaly
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Record window anomaly

Columns displayed as item data (Records) update dynamically, but text and numerical data don’t. It creates a limitation in using either plugins or built-in menu options to tabulate detailed data (such as source citations) to check for consistency or omissions, as the display has to be regenerated wh...
by Mark1834
03 May 2024 13:32
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Record window anomaly
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Record window anomaly

The challenge in drafting a new Wish List item will be to recognise that output from either plugins or FH menu options can never be completely consistent with Query or Record Window displays, as the latter are fully dynamic and reflect changes in the underlying data, while the former are largely sta...
by Mark1834
03 May 2024 10:39
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Record window anomaly
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Record window anomaly

I think Lorna's interpretation is correct. In fact, that is the method usually advised here for sorting on multiple columns - sort in order, least significant first, and the previous sequence is maintained. Tested by sorting on birth place, which is in the middle of my records window, then by death ...
by Mark1834
01 May 2024 22:09
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: ODBC error with Ancestry Synchronization
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: ODBC error with Ancestry Synchronization

Thanks for that. There isn't anything in particular that sticks out as a likely cause. I didn't ask where your default Project Folder is located, but it might be worth checking if the problem still occurs if you locate the RM file in the Public subfolder within your project folder. If that doesn't f...
by Mark1834
01 May 2024 12:51
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Essential source templates not to standard?
Replies: 24
Views: 829

Re: Essential source templates not to standard?

Agree - these simple citations are all that’s required . Remember that the primary purpose of a citation is to identify where the source was/can be obtained for verification. It is not for reproducing the contents of the source. Simple versus detailed citations is a choice of personal style and pref...
by Mark1834
30 Apr 2024 21:58
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: ODBC error with Ancestry Synchronization
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: ODBC error with Ancestry Synchronization

That's an odd one. It is suggesting that the error is with the fhSQL library that processes the RM file, but it's not one I've seen before. Is this the first time you have used the plugin, or has it worked normally up until now? If it has suddenly stopped working, has anything changed on your system...
by Mark1834
29 Apr 2024 17:06
Forum: Media
Topic: Check for Unlinked Media
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Check for Unlinked Media

Another option for this type of change is to edit the GEDCOM file directly using a plain text editor (even Windows Notepad is fine) once you have changed the actual file names. It's only suitable if there is a distinct string that doesn't occur elsewhere in your project. In my case, all my 1939 Medi...
by Mark1834
28 Apr 2024 22:48
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Adding a Repository to multiple sources
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Adding a Repository to multiple sources

Your background sounds similar to mine - BASIC on the HP85 (anybody else remember those?) and SQL for an Oracle database in the 1980s, then Access/VBA, all as incidental elements of a technology R&D career, plus some largely self-taught C/C++ for fun to dabble with a “proper” language using the ...
by Mark1834
28 Apr 2024 17:45
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Adding a Repository to multiple sources
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Adding a Repository to multiple sources

You've left one question unanswered - this type of plugin is how most authors start. It's only a handful of lines, and a good introduction to the basics. The plugin help gives a very readable introduction, and if you have VBA experience, you're partway there already. Any enthusiasm for dipping a toe...
by Mark1834
27 Apr 2024 14:43
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Essential source templates not to standard?
Replies: 24
Views: 829

Re: Essential source templates not to standard?

Note also that the Short Footnote is grossly inadequate if you have two people with the same name, of course! Dates and places presumably ought to appear there as well. Playing Devil’s Advocate ;), why? If the Fact is John Smith, born 1 Jan 1923, Somewhere, Somewhereshire, and the citation is to Ci...
by Mark1834
27 Apr 2024 10:56
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Essential source templates not to standard?
Replies: 24
Views: 829

Re: Essential source templates not to standard?

I take a “necessary and sufficient” approach, rather than following an arbitrary standard, with a limited Source Title (what, when, who, where) followed by a transcript of the key text. GRO Birth Certificate: 1869 - Arthur Poole, Ranton, Staffordshire 17 Sep 1869 - Ranton, Arthur, Boy, f = (blank), ...
by Mark1834
27 Apr 2024 07:17
Forum: Sources, Citations & Repositories
Topic: Essential source templates not to standard?
Replies: 24
Views: 829

Re: Essential source templates not to standard?

You’re asking the wrong people. We’re just ordinary users like yourself and have no insight to CP’s logic and future plans.

If they’re not to your liking, I suggest you ask CP directly using their Support Ticket system.
by Mark1834
24 Apr 2024 15:59
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin

True, we should probably settle on “non-Latin” as the preferred term, as it has a recognised definition. “Common” is a bit subjective, and “foreign” is meaningless when the author and reader may be of different nationalities.
by Mark1834
24 Apr 2024 13:18
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin

Minor clarification, which I’m sure I’ve made before… :) Plugins need the additional UTF functions to process non-Latin characters, not “accented or foreign ones”. It’s not necessary for the common Western European diacritics, and what’s “foreign” viewed from a desk in Devon or Cheshire may not be f...
by Mark1834
24 Apr 2024 10:00
Forum: Plugin Technical Support & Development
Topic: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Possible error in Clean up Surname Capitalisation Plugin

Another possibility is that it will convert all the names in one pass, but is only capable of displaying some of them. In that case, there is no option to review the rest of the names. I'm away from the desk until this evening so can't review the code to see what it is doing, but I agree that it sho...