Re: Advice on best practice

Brian Horridge


I was not mistaken but I forgot to mention that in 5.2.4 I first selected my Source (Titled 1911 Census) and then this automatically populated the Year and Date values.  I do not remember seeing the Region field (just Type and Year) and now I've installed AS 7.2.7  it's not easy to go back and check (and it's not now relevant anyway).  I know that the Date did not change if I changed to a different source while AS was still open but it always worked when I first fired up AS and chose a Census source.

Following your advice, I revisited AS Tools and saw that the settings for the Years Married and No of children were set to "Don't Record".  I've now changed them to "Append to Census Event local note" and it now records the relevant data.

Interestingly, it used to work for my OK wife but the latest AS version does not and I suspect that when she upgraded to AS 7.2.7 it reset her settings to "Don't Record" (she has now changed these).

I suppose this is a downside to adding more features but still welcome none-the-less.

I must admit that it would be nice if the data could be automatically recorded in a separate Attribute rather than as text in a Census Local Note as then this could be displayed easier in a separate Query column for later research.  Something for the AS Wish List I think.

Again, many thanks


On 04/01/2022 12:00, Mike Tate wrote:


I think you are mistaken.

How could AS v5.2 possibly have automatically determined a specific Date without knowing the Region and Year of the Census?


The default Census Template setting only records details such as the number of children born, living, died in the Text From Source field of the Citation in your case.


To change that default use Tools > Census Templates… and select the Type=Census, Region=England & Year=1911.

Then the Total number of Children columns can have the Recording option changed to Append to census event local note.


Otherwise, you must wait until back in FH and add the Children still Living count to a Child Count attribute.



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I'm still running FH 6.2 and now using AS 7.2.7.

Since the advice this morning from Neil and Victor I have done some 1911 inputting on a test gedcom file and although I've entered years married and number of live and deceased children against the wife (using the proper columns in AS) the data does not seem to have been transferred in the FH Gedcom file.  Is there a specific AS Option setting that I need to select.  I use Method 2 (data in Citation) and I've checked the AS Options but cannot find an obvious tick-box to make it happen.

Also, would the fact that I'm working on a Gedcom file rather than a FH Project have any impact.

I realise that with AS 7.2.7 you now have to select the census region and year to get the event date whereas before it did it automatically.  I fully understand now the reason why but it was a change I was not expecting.

Also, is there any information as to when AS might be updated to include support for the 1921 census??

Many thanks



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