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Electoral registers

Posted: 02 Jan 2019 15:17
by Paulamoulton
Having discovered electoral register entries for where we were living in 1954, and other years, I am wondering how to include them into the FH6 project, now that I have become used to entering data via Ancestral Sources.
Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you had a great Christmas.
Paula Moulton

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 02 Jan 2019 15:28
by brianlummis

Have a look at Knowledge Base > Ancestral Sources Template ~ Electoral Register UK to see if that will help.


Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 02 Jan 2019 17:07
by tatewise
Paula, whatever technique you adopt please remember to be consistent.
The only standard GEDCOM fact that you might use is Residence.
Otherwise, you will need to create a custom event to record the details, and a new type of Source record.

Brian's suggestion is perfectly valid, but does involve some 'massaging' of AS to use that technique.

You may need a Register of Electors custom event, either for converting AS created Census events, or for manual entry of the data in FH. See Knowledge Base > Fact Set ~ Electoral Roll for Property Box Tab and Knowledge Base > Property Box Tab ~ Military & Census & Wills.

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 14:27
by Paulamoulton
Many thanks to you both for your suggestions.

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 14:41
by Paulamoulton
Mike, I am intrigued by your advice: " whatever technique you adopt please remember to be consistent."
As a person who has only just acquired and begun to use this FH6 software, I am becoming increasingly aware of potential pitfalls, and thus the potential for lots of hours wasted, hard work, and hassle. I am beginning to wonder what, exactly, this software has to offer over its alternatives for someone who is not obsessed by genealogy.
So , as to your comment, what happens if I am not consistent due to lack of experience, lack of memory, and generally old age related mistakes...which is why most of us "senior citizens" are doing this and not working...?


Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 15:00
by ColeValleyGirl

Consistency is to be recommended whatever software you use -- choosing one method of doing each particular thing and making a habit of doing it that way means that when you come back to some work you've done after a period away, you will understand how you've got to where you are -- and know where and how to find or change your information. And it makes things easier for people with whom you share information -- they will find consistency and not get confused.

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 15:25
by Jane
Just to echo what Helen said, the key is to decide how you want to record things, you may not be "obsessed" yet, but it creeps up on you and you may suddenly find obsession striking. When Mike says be consistent, he simply means if you start off using Residence events, always do so, if you want to use a custom event, then stick to that.

One of the big benefits of this group is that you are being advised by people, many of whom are trying to help you avoid the mistakes we all made when starting out. Getting all your information in and sourced helps so much when you inevitably find you got the wrong "John Smith" and need to unpick a bit of tree. I recently reviewed a bit of tree I researched 30 years ago and found a mistake which took a while to unravel, because 30 years ago I did not source everything well enough.

Personally I create residence facts for Electoral rolls as they don't provide much extra information.

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 16:24
by Paulamoulton
Thirty years.

Now I know I'm in the wrong place.
I know all about obsession, I am partnered with a man who has fifty years of railway employment and enthusiasm in his blood.
His fellow enthusiasts are commonly referred to by "normal" people as "anoraks".

And I am developing headaches spending too much time here looking at the screen on my PC.

Have decided to end this madness forthwith while I am still sane.
I have better things to do with whatever time I have left.
This is NOT a criticism of this site or anyone associated with it. Each to their own, and all that.

In any case, the "family tree" was never intended to be seen by anyone else if I can help it. Just a bit of fun.
I have already researched my family history DIRECT LINES, and created a family tree doing it my way.
I thought I'd try the highly regarded Family Historian software, just to see what it offers.

What started as an interesting delve into the past, and the creation of a family history tree some years ago, and after a break of ten years, has now become a source of unnecessary worry and toil. Obsessive endless typing, creating unimportant notes about non-related individuals, and building up a potential for many hours staring at my PC when I should be out walking, travelling, drinking, and generally having a good time and not creating problems for myself including headaches and eye strain.

Not to mention tip-toeing around the diplomatic minefield that is online forum discussions and the sensitivity of the senior members that rule therein. I know all about that, believe me, and it is tiresome.

So I am uninstalling the FH6.

Thanks to all those who have advised me on this forum, especially Mike Tate.

Paula Moulton

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 04 Jan 2019 17:22
by E Wilcock
You probably left too soon. But for others worried about fh and consistency - fear not. I get on fine with no consistency at all.

I have used four different genealogy software programmes over the years and complicated matters further by entering my father's research just as he did it and noted it back in the 1930s. Censuses treated only as sources in those days and over the years I have several times changed my mind about how to deal with them and whether or not to use witnesses and roles. I have always been too busy to go back and tidy up.

The advantage of software like fh is to store, sort and search the data one collects and the searching on fh is immediate and simple. It makes fh far more tolerant of hap hazard data entry than a relational database.

Re: Electoral registers

Posted: 05 Jan 2019 10:59
by gwilym'smum
I find it difficult to know how a direct line has been established with certainly without researching other family members and witnesses, informants, neighbours etc as this adds credibility to research. Then I probably come into the obsessive category! ;)
Also they are only names, not people with stories who had problems and survived or not.