Re: Changing Residence fact to Census


Randy Dykhuis
 

Thanks, Mike. Just what I needed. I have been experimenting now with Ancestral Sources after you pointed me in that direction. I'm wondering whether I can change the default title from "Census <date>" to "United States Federal Census <date>" and have that come up as the title when I enter data.

One more question: AS auto-calculates a birth year from census data, if there is no birth date in FH. The default is to give the year followed by "cal". Can this be changed? My standard practice has been to add "c." in front of the estimated date. Is there a way to set AS to create the estimate birth year in this way?

Thanks.


On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 6:11 AM Mike Tate <post@...> wrote:

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

https://www.fhug.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14722#p75724

 

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:

https://www.fhug.org.uk/wiki/doku.php?id=how_to:recording_census_records

 

Regards, Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Randy Dykhuis
Sent: 01 May 2020 22:45
To: family-historian@groups.io
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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