Re: Changing Residence fact to Census

Mike Tate

Hi Randy,

That is a recurrent requirement and there is an automated solution.

It is explained in the FHUG Forum posting Re: Lookup Missing Census Facts: Determining Factors


If all your Residence facts relate to Census events, and there are no other Residence facts at all, then one run of the Change Any Fact Tag Plugin will do the job.

Otherwise, you must run that Plugin with a Date filter for each Census date so only those Residence facts get converted, and repeat for each Census date every decade.


If anything is not clear then please ask.


It is well worth converting for the reasons given in the FHUG Knowledge Base for Recording from a Census Record:


Regards, Mike Tate


From: <> On Behalf Of Randy Dykhuis
Sent: 01 May 2020 22:45
Subject: [family-historian] Changing Residence fact to Census


Up to now, I've been using the "Residence" fact whenever I've located someone in a census record. I would like to begin using the "Census" fact instead but am hesitant about changing in mid-stream without going back and changing the Individuals who have "Residence" set because they were found in a census. For example, Grandpa John is in the 1910 census and has that fact recorded under the Facts tab using the "Residence" attribute, as does every other family member recorded in the 1910 census.


I could do this Individual by Individual but that would be a lot of work & I'd need to determine if it's worth the time. But if there is an automated way to do, I would like to make this change.


As I see it these would be the steps:

Identify every individual with at least one "Residence" fact

Copy the source information for the fact

Create a new Census fact and paste in the source

Delete the residence fact record


Right now, 281 individuals have at least one residence record.


What do you more experienced users think? Worth the effort to switch or continue using the residence fact? It would be useful to know which individuals have appeared in census records.



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