Re: Changing Fact Types

Patrick Maloney

Hi again Mike!

OK, update. I found a UDF tag, _ADDR that seemed to be the one I was looking for. I selected it and clicked the '_ADDR UDF Tag to Residence' button. I ran it against a single individual, and received 6 warnings about invalid tags and the message: 'Check that the Source and Target are compatible', which I guess they weren't.

The change to the record was simply the addition of a new blank 'Residence' fact.

I'm out of my depth here.


On 20/05/2020 00:40, Patrick Maloney wrote:


I must be really dim. I can't for the life of me see how this plugin works.

At the top there are two buttons: 'Baptism to Christening' and 'Christening to Baptism'. These seem to be unchangeable. I don't want either of those.

Looking at the list of tags, I can't see 'Address' in any list. I assume 'Source Tag Name' is where I should be able to find this, and 'Target Tag Name' is where I enter 'Residence'?

I've been through all the Source Tag Sets and still can't find 'Address'.

Any help would be gratefully received.



On 19/05/2020 21:20, Mike Tate wrote:

Hi Patrick,

That is quite a common problem when importing GEDCOM from other products.

There is general advice in the FHUG Knowledge Base ~ Importing to Family Historian:

You may well find other abnormalities if you follow the above advice.

There is a Change Any Fact Tag Plugin that will perform the conversion to standard Residence facts.

There is advice in the FHUG Knowledge Base ~ Family Historian Plugins:

That explains how to download Plugins from the Plugin Store and provides Help and Advice for the Plugin mentioned above.

BTW: Did you just open the GEDCOM file, or use File > Project Window > New Project > Import a GEDCOM file as a Project, which is recommended?

Regards, Mike Tate

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Patrick Maloney
Sent: 19 May 2020 20:56
Subject: [family-historian] Changing Fact Types

Hello Everyone,

I'm a recent convert to FH.  I transferred my research in Gedcom format into FH. My previous software package used the file-type 'Address', the equivalent of which in FH seems to be 'Residence'.

Many of he people in my file have multiple addresses, the fact types being Address [1], Address [2], etc.

Because my old software used 'Address' rather than 'Residence' results in the text for the fact being displayed as 'He experienced Address on

30 March 1851 in King St, Anytown, Anyshire.'

Is there a simple way to convert 'Address' fact-types to 'Residence'

fact-types? Otherwise I have hundreds, nay thousands of facts to change and/or re-enter.

Many thanks,



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