Ancestral Sources Tutorial ~ Working With Templates ~ (5) Census Grid

Introduction

These templates are for the most advanced users needing to modify or create Custom Census Grids for Countries or Years not included with Ancestral Sources.

There are some extra Census Grid templates in the Downloads and Links ~ Ancestral Sources library that may be imported.

Remember to use Help to obtain extra advice, and hover the mouse over buttons and boxes to obtain a brief Tooltip.

Census Grid Template Editor

  • If necessary, open Ancestral Sources and ensure the Family Historian Sample Project or the Sample.ged file opens by default, but if not then Configure Initial Settings
  • Ensure that the Census Records mode is active by clicking the Create census entries button near the middle of the toolbar, or by choosing View > Census Editor
  • Use the menubar command Census > Census Templates…
  • In Country/Region enter Newland, in Year enter 1900, then click the New button
  • In Date enter 1 Apr 1900, in Reference Start enter RS1900, in Fixed Columns enter 1
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Name
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Relationship, set Short Title to Relationship and click Set Default
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of MarriageCondition, set Short Title to Condition and click Set Default
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Gender, set Short Title to Sex and click Set Default
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Age
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Occupation, and set Short Title to Occupation
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of PlaceOfBirth, and set Short Title to Birthplace
  • Click +Add new column button and select Column Type of Generic for a custom column
  • In Column Title enter Schedule Number and set Short Title to Schedule
  • Reduce Minimum Width to 40
  • Experiment with adding other columns or using up/down arrows to change their order
  • When satisfied, click the Save button and then the Close button

Census Template Editor

  • On the main screen select Census Country of Newland and Census Year of 1900
  • Note how the Census Date, Ref ID, and Column Titles appear
  • Experiment populating the grid and when finished clear the grid and set Census Country to UK
  • Use the menubar command Census > Census Templates… again
  • Set Country/Region to Newland and Year to 1900
  • If creating a series of Census Years with similar Columns then Copy and Paste will help
  • The Export button exports the template in its own file for distributing to other users
  • Click the Delete button to remove this tutorial template, OK the warning, and click Close
  • Close Ancestral Sources

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