Re: Record Flags

Mike Tate


The FHUG Knowledge Base has details about importing with a section  for TMG:

There is an explanation of what happens to Flags and for Custom Flags it says:

Custom Flags :

    For values N or ? or blank the Flag is NOT imported

    For value Y a Flag with a similar Name is imported

    For other values a Flag with a similar Name suffixed by its Value is imported

    Generally the Name will be similar, but the underlying Tag will be all upper-case, with punctuation symbols discarded, each space replaced by underscore, and truncated to 13 characters after the leading double underscore

    e.g. Is Related-by with value C becomes Is Related-by_C and __IS_RELATEDBYC respectively


Yuletide Greetings, Mike Tate


From: <> On Behalf Of John Hanson
Sent: 24 December 2020 10:44
Subject: [family-historian] Record Flags


I have been reading up on record flags and have used them ever since the beginning for many things – however I can’t find the answer to the question I have.


So far in FH I have used these flags to record things like the census or for checking data and all of these are what I term as ON/OFF – so Y/N flags


However, I am about to move my large (35,000) people database back from TMG to FH and with TMG you can have multiple values to a flag


So I have a moved to flag – which records A-Australia, C-Canada, U-USA, S-South Africa, Z-New Zealand – you get the idea

Now I could create separate flags for each and was wondering what others did


John Hanson - researching the Halstead/Holstead/Alstead names
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