Forums Usage Tips

Introduction

The Forums allow you to ask questions about Family Historian, or Ancestral Sources, or Genealogy Research, etc.

See the PHPBB3 Documentation Chapter 5. User Guide for usage instructions.

Also don't forget the FAQ link near top right of the Forums page.

Your Location and Family Historian Version are edited along with other personal settings by clicking your user-name top right and choosing the User Control Panel > Profile options.

Posting Topics

Here are some tips for when you are Posting or Editing a Forum Topic.

  • Attachment files are added via the Attachments tab below the Post a new topic/Post a reply text box.
    Drag & Drop a file to text box will also work, but Copy & Paste a file or PrtScn & Paste clipboard will not.
    • Many file types are allowed including all Family Historian custom data files:
      • screen-shot & image files such as GIF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TGA, TIF, TIFF
      • plain text files such as XML, TXT, LOG, JS, CSV, CPP
      • document files such as DOC, DOCX, ODG, ODP, ODS, ODT, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, XLS, XLSX
      • and a few more besides …
    • Maximum file size is 256 KBytes (for larger files use right-click Send to > Compressed (ZIP) folder to create Windows compatible ZIP files).
    • To capture screen-shot image files:
      • Use the Windows Snipping Tool as described in the Utility ~ Windows Snipping Tool, as it is free in every current version of Windows.
      • Alternatively, use the free Windows Paint tool, with PrtScn button and Paste command, then use File > Save as > PNG picture file.
  • There are some Custom BBCode tags:
    • The kb button offers shortcuts to the Knowledge Base, e.g. Knowledge Base > Family Historian is produced by [kb]how_to:index|> Family Historian[/kb].
    • Quick ways of creating kb shortcuts are provided. Hovering on any heading displays a chain-link icon to the right. Across the very top of every Knowledge Base page is a TRACE:: breadcrumb trail with an asterisk * to its extreme right. Click on either or * icon and hit Ctrl+C to copy the KB link that can be pasted into any posting without having to copy the URL and title.
    • The topic button offers shortcuts to Forums Topics, e.g. I can't sign in! (4253) is produced by [topic]4253|I can't sign in![/topic] (The topic number comes after t= in the browser address bar.)
    • A quick way of creating topic shortcuts is provided. If you open any Forum Topic you will see an asterisk * to the left of its Title. Click on it and hit Ctrl+C to copy the topic link that can be pasted into another posting without having to copy the number and title. Unfortunately, it does not work if double (") quotes appear in the Title, so a Moderator may replace them with single (') quotes.
  • To avoid revisiting a Topic to see if there are new postings, it can E-mail notifications of changes.
    • Below the editing box there is a tick option to Notify me when a reply is posted.
    • At the bottom of the web page there is also the Subscribe topic option.
    • Similarly for each individual Forum there is the Subscribe forum option.
    • Those last two are managed via User Control Panel > Overview > Manage subscriptions.

Site Searches

All Forums can be searched using the Search… and Advanced search options top left, and any single Forum searched via its Search this forum… option. Also try the Home page Search feature. The Knowledge Base has its own Search box at the top.

Extended Search for Keywords with Google Site Search:

  • You may find that the built in keywords search does not find what you want, or even too much. If so you could try the Google Site Search which also gives you the power of all the other Google search options. The downside is that the format of the list of results in Google may not be as well formatted as the results returned from an FHUG search.
  • This simple example for the whole FHUG site will only include the full phrase change any and exclude usage.
    • "change any " -usage site:www.fhug.org.uk
  • This example will return results just from the FHUG Forums
    • "change any " -usage site:www.fhug.org.uk/forum/
  • This example will return results just from the FHUG Knowledge Base
    • "change any " -usage site:www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/
  • To make it quicker to access you could perform a Google Site Search and bookmark it, then in future just amend the search term. You may find the format below of the search quicker to use with a bookmark. You probably don't need the double quotes at the end, but this will save an extra blank keystroke and also make it ready for a phrase search; having clicked on your bookmark it will return all results for the site, you can then add your search criteria directly after the "", or use the "" for a phrase search.
    • site:www.fhug.org.uk ""
  • This is just one of the many help pages on the web regarding Google Search, and is specific to site search.