Plugins are small programs that allow new features to be added without upgrading Family Historian itself; some plugins are written by Calico Pie and others are written by users. were introduced with Family Historian Version 5, and allow new features (or features only needed by a small number of people) to be added without upgrading Family Historian itself. Some Plugins originate from Calico Pie Limited is a UK software house, and the publishers of Family Historian., but most are written by registered The Family Historian User Group is a group of user with wide-ranging experience, from newcomers to very experienced users, all of whom are very willing to shared their knowledge about the programme. members. They are free but unsupported, so use them at your own risk, and keep regular backups of your data files in order to recover from any mishaps.
Plugins allow users to create scripts written in Lua to automate many tasks within Family Historian including:
- Advanced data analysis.
- Creating and updating data.
- Importing/Exporting data from/to other resources, such as CSV files or genealogy websites.
- Data validation and correction (e.g. correct Uncategorized Data Fields sometimes referred to by users as ‘Starburst fields’ are called UDF for short. These fields hold data where Family Historian doesn’t know what kind of data is in the UDF usually created by importing a GEDCOM file. data).
Published Plugins are available from the Family Historian Plugin Store. Plugins under development and/or not yet published can be found in the Plugin Discussions Forum. If you need help with writing a Plugin, or would like someone to help you by writing one, just ask in the Plugin Discussions Forum.