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by AdrianBruce
09 Jan 2011 22:51
Forum: V4 Usage
Topic: Restore a Temporary File
Replies: 7
Views: 3331

Restore a Temporary File

I had the same problem but ages ago, under XP. Probably with FH v4. In my case I decided that one of the online backup programs was using the data file at exactly the same time FH wanted it.

I stopped using the online back-up, the problem went away and my bill from my ISP went down as well.
by AdrianBruce
03 Jan 2011 13:04
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Desktop publishing options?
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Desktop publishing options?

Jane - thanks for the thought about checking what Lulu or Blurb might want. I'd actually not thought that far ahead but it makes sense to check out the options. John - somewhere I've got an old (paid) copy of Serif Page Plus - and MS Publisher as well - so it would probably be worth looking those ou...
by AdrianBruce
31 Dec 2010 21:51
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Desktop publishing options?
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Desktop publishing options?

I know - why isn't he using a web-site? Partly because not all my relatives are that IT literate. Partly because (for me) nothing beats plain simple paper to read. And file away on a society's shelves. Besides which - my ideal is this: - I write the chapters manually (in MS Word, say); - I paste the...
by AdrianBruce
10 Dec 2010 20:58
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: adoption within family
Replies: 5
Views: 1338

adoption within family

There may (or may not) be two issues here: 1. How do you put all this into FH? 2. How do you keep confidential that which should be kept confidential? If you have every confidence your FH data will never get out, then it doesn't matter what you put into FH. In this latter case, two families seem to ...
by AdrianBruce
08 Nov 2010 22:42
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Unofficial change of surname
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

Unofficial change of surname

Ah - I should have mentioned, I altered my 'usual' text scheme to show the extra names on diagrams (well, I think I altered it - so long ago I can't remember). Immediately before the birth details, I have an item 'Name (a.k.a.)' for all box types, with a template reading 'a.k.a. %INDI.NAME[2+]:FULL%...
by AdrianBruce
04 Nov 2010 21:51
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Unofficial change of surname
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

Unofficial change of surname

Re option 1 - I can say that I know this one works since I have Samuel Beech m Martha Cook, Feb 1825. Their 1st child is down as Samuel Cook b 1821. He also has an alternate name of Samuel Beech since the 1851 shows him with his parents and carrying the Beech surname, whereas in his baptism and the ...
by AdrianBruce
03 Nov 2010 22:54
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Unofficial change of surname
Replies: 7
Views: 2392

Unofficial change of surname

'the correct surname (the mother's before marriage)' OK - let me pick up on this 1st. If the child uses the surname of the man she married, as you say, then that is just as correct as the mother's pre-marriage name. Remember that in the UK you can call yourself what you want, so we shouldn't invoke ...
by AdrianBruce
30 Sep 2010 20:47
Forum: Research
Topic: Index of Wills and Administrations 1861-1941
Replies: 6
Views: 2704

Index of Wills and Administrations 1861-1941

Actually, I'm not sure that they would have known Ancestry were doing this. I've seen it suggested that the fiches were bought from a FH society, as a certain society's set of fiches were missing the first so many years - just like Ancestry's are. Since Crown copyright does not last for ever (only 5...
by AdrianBruce
29 Sep 2010 20:52
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Residence fact
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

Residence fact

If the census and residence facts were in 1 to 1 correspondence, I'd agree Nick. However, what I normally end up with is X different census facts per person and then rather less residence facts, each of which cover a range, e.g. 'Resident in Nantwich from 1835 to 1851' and 'Resident in Crewe from 18...
by AdrianBruce
28 Sep 2010 22:49
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Residence fact
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

Residence fact

Interesting - I've always used the census form (though not via AS) to create both census and residence facts - unless the form clearly spells out that the person is a lodger, boarder or visitor. My suspicion (unprovable?) is that the majority of grandchildren with grandparents were indeed resident w...
by AdrianBruce
19 Sep 2010 23:04
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Recording medals and awards
Replies: 4
Views: 2051

Recording medals and awards

If you did go down the route of custom facts and were concerned about compatibility, it's my personal feeling that custom events are more likely to be accepted by a recipient program than custom attributes. Thus you might have a custom event for (say) 'Medal Awarded' and add what the decoration was...
by AdrianBruce
11 Sep 2010 22:18
Forum: V4 Usage
Topic: How do you organise sources on your PC
Replies: 27
Views: 9637

How do you organise sources on your PC

Long filename problems seem to pop up in all sorts of places - including some versions of my back-up software, which is somewhat disconcerting. The only thing, I'm afraid, is to try and review those long names (if I understand you correctly). For instance in: 1841 England Census Class HO107; Piece 5...
by AdrianBruce
30 Aug 2010 22:47
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Fact set for appointments
Replies: 10
Views: 2778

Fact set for appointments

duncalfa said: Personally I would attach any bastardy documents to the child - I have warrants, certificates, recognizances and orders at present. Perhaps a linked note would serve the purpose where the father is concerned? Do I need to say 'Illegitimacy' rather than the other word??? Attach the do...
by AdrianBruce
30 Aug 2010 20:36
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Fact set for appointments
Replies: 10
Views: 2778

Fact set for appointments

For the Poor Law facts, you need to think whether or not they must have a value. If they must, then set them up as custom attributes, otherwise, set them as custom events. But there are very occasional exceptions - see the 2nd example below! If we take a fact of 'Named as father' then because we alw...
by AdrianBruce
25 Aug 2010 10:45
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: How to Query citation fields?
Replies: 6
Views: 2025

How to Query citation fields?

Thanks Jane. Like you, I split my sources down to a low level and put little in the citation - even so, I have numerous facts with several citations, the classic case being a birth where I try to cite each source carrying someone's age, so might have a registration index, baptism, several censuses, ...
by AdrianBruce
24 Aug 2010 21:26
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: How to Query citation fields?
Replies: 6
Views: 2025

How to Query citation fields?

The trouble is that if we have several Sources being cited against a fact, wouldn't we have to have a set of columns in the query for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc, etc citation? Or am I missing something in dealing with these beasties?
by AdrianBruce
05 Aug 2010 13:40
Forum: V4 Usage
Topic: How do you organise sources on your PC
Replies: 27
Views: 9637

How do you organise sources on your PC

The only thing I'd add to the above is that I actually have 2 sets of folders, one for the stuff that has been recorded in FH, the other for what hasn't been put in yet. That way I can see what I still need to do. (I'm prone to capturing census images off Ancestry for someone and their family in one...
by AdrianBruce
05 Aug 2010 13:32
Forum: Research
Topic: Master Grocer
Replies: 4
Views: 2329

Master Grocer

To reinforce the 2 previous replies: I'm guessing that where livery companies / guilds / etc held sway, then usage of the title 'Master XXX' might be controlled. But outside these areas, then the term simply means to say that they were an employer or worked for themselves, rather than an employee. M...
by AdrianBruce
01 Aug 2010 16:47
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Individual Records
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

Individual Records

1. Menu item - Tools / Work with Record Identifiers This will shuffle everything down to fill in the gaps - BUT everything after the gap will be renumbered. By searching the Help for 'renumber' I found this bit: 'Family Historian never reuses record ids for deleted records when creating new ones. Th...
by AdrianBruce
15 Jul 2010 23:43
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: So what about the Ipad ??
Replies: 28
Views: 8140

So what about the Ipad ??

capnkeith said: I am surprised that the Ipad has not been discussed .... I am tempted to get one just for note taking at research libraries etc, they look much more convenient than a laptop. I would ask yourself very carefully how long your notes are. The only method of input is a virtual keyboard ...
by AdrianBruce
03 Jul 2010 16:19
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Evidence Management
Replies: 29
Views: 12109

Evidence Management

Ben Sayer said: Adrian Bruce said: 4) It must have the ability to be used in a simple fashion by those who haven't much grasp of Evidence Management, while storing the data in such a way that when they do understand it, they can drill down and expose the assertions / assumptions / whatever that the...
by AdrianBruce
01 Jul 2010 20:11
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Evidence Management
Replies: 29
Views: 12109

Evidence Management

Thanks for that Lineascope link. I think it interesting that (if I understood it correctly) the author was not envisaging it being used for every 'fact' in a 'database', rather as supporting explanations for some major elements. That could help with the workload because there's no doubt that doing E...
by AdrianBruce
30 Jun 2010 22:27
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Evidence Management
Replies: 29
Views: 12109

Evidence Management

It's an interesting series of articles on that blog. I don't know if I'm being pragmatic, realistic or defeatist but I suspect little will come of these ideas for precisely the reason Jon alludes to. All(?) FH programs are based round GEDCOM. This generates a fairly tough series of requirements on a...
by AdrianBruce
13 Jun 2010 23:13
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: V4.1.3 Source Pane text errors
Replies: 8
Views: 3207

V4.1.3 Source Pane text errors

I've only just noticed this so no idea how long it's been like it, but it's like this for me on v4.1.2. I'm using 'Segoe UI' 8 pt (which I'd forgotten about - must be a Win7 font, in fact I think that it's designed specifically as a UI font). 'Assessment' is no problem for me but 'Where within Sourc...
by AdrianBruce
05 Jun 2010 16:55
Forum: The Lost Posts Archive
Topic: Scottish Census reference no.
Replies: 4
Views: 1776

Scottish Census reference no.

1. Personally I usually keep my source titles in 'human-speak' with no references, e.g. 'Census Entry: Bruce, Edith, 1871, Dundee', recording the reference in the note box and the identification within the repository (which has to be added on the 'all' tab for a source, as a sub-item to repository) ...