Circular GEDCOM files


Phil Warn
 

Hello fellow FHers,

For the very first time I got FH to respond to me.

I think this might be as I fear I had a circular link within my gedcom file.

FH just "knocked off" without any error message.

I use Ancestry (.com, .ca and .co.uk) to hold my tree with over 151,000 souls therein and I really wanted to teach my self the "macro langauage" aka query language to be able to do searches such as  "find the man who married 5 times and whose mother and ALL 5 wives were all called Elizabeth"!

Now that the tree is acceptable to FH, I can start on doing such esoteric searches.

Thanks for reading

Best wishes,

Phil Warn

West Moors, east Dorset


Mike Tate
 

Hello Phil,

In addition to the built-in FH Help pages, you will find much additional advice in the FHUG Knowledge Base wiki and the associated FHUG Forums:

https://fhug.org.uk/kb/

https://www.fhug.org.uk/forum/

They include advice about importing GEDCOM from Ancestry and writing Queries.

 

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:01
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello fellow FHers,

For the very first time I got FH to respond to me.

I think this might be as I fear I had a circular link within my gedcom file.

FH just "knocked off" without any error message.

I use Ancestry (.com, .ca and .co.uk) to hold my tree with over 151,000 souls therein and I really wanted to teach my self the "macro langauage" aka query language to be able to do searches such as  "find the man who married 5 times and whose mother and ALL 5 wives were all called Elizabeth"!

Now that the tree is acceptable to FH, I can start on doing such esoteric searches.

Thanks for reading

Best wishes,

Phil Warn

West Moors, east Dorset


Phil Warn
 

Hello Mike,

 

As some one as a self taught programmer (Marconi Co ltd, Great Baddow) day after August BH, 1966 (first at end of month) that is so useful in the way of pointers. Lateral thinking and logical thinking as a poor maths graduate and 55 years in computers, is so very useful a background to be a family historian!

Now all I have to sort out is to learn not to engage my mouth before my brain!

 

Ver many thanks, Mike

 

Phil

Sent from Mail for Windows

 

From: Mike Tate
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:06
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello Phil,

In addition to the built-in FH Help pages, you will find much additional advice in the FHUG Knowledge Base wiki and the associated FHUG Forums:

https://fhug.org.uk/kb/

https://www.fhug.org.uk/forum/

They include advice about importing GEDCOM from Ancestry and writing Queries.

 

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:01
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello fellow FHers,

For the very first time I got FH to respond to me.

I think this might be as I fear I had a circular link within my gedcom file.

FH just "knocked off" without any error message.

I use Ancestry (.com, .ca and .co.uk) to hold my tree with over 151,000 souls therein and I really wanted to teach my self the "macro langauage" aka query language to be able to do searches such as  "find the man who married 5 times and whose mother and ALL 5 wives were all called Elizabeth"!

Now that the tree is acceptable to FH, I can start on doing such esoteric searches.

Thanks for reading

Best wishes,

Phil Warn

West Moors, east Dorset

 


Mike Tate
 

Phil,

I am also ex-Marconi (Comms division at Writtle and New Street) from 1968 to 2000.

Programmer and computer systems consultant, and now chairman of local computer club.

If you need any further advice then just ask.

Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:14
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello Mike,

 

As some one as a self taught programmer (Marconi Co ltd, Great Baddow) day after August BH, 1966 (first at end of month) that is so useful in the way of pointers. Lateral thinking and logical thinking as a poor maths graduate and 55 years in computers, is so very useful a background to be a family historian!

Now all I have to sort out is to learn not to engage my mouth before my brain!

 

Ver many thanks, Mike

 

Phil


chiddingfold
 

Wrong thread to socialise I know, but reminded me of programming a Marconi Myriad computer at The Gas Council in Hinckley in 1970-1. Was first industrial placement of my Computer Science degree - then the big new thing - from Leicester Polytechnic. Ferranti paper-tape readers doing a destructive 'hope it reads' high-speed load with the tape peeling in two down the centre-line. Don't get that fun anymore!

Degree or not, I bow to Mike Tate's Lua scripting skills!

Jeff Spencer


On Mon, 3 Jan 2022, 12:28 Mike Tate, <post@...> wrote:

Phil,

I am also ex-Marconi (Comms division at Writtle and New Street) from 1968 to 2000.

Programmer and computer systems consultant, and now chairman of local computer club.

If you need any further advice then just ask.

Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:14
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello Mike,

 

As some one as a self taught programmer (Marconi Co ltd, Great Baddow) day after August BH, 1966 (first at end of month) that is so useful in the way of pointers. Lateral thinking and logical thinking as a poor maths graduate and 55 years in computers, is so very useful a background to be a family historian!

Now all I have to sort out is to learn not to engage my mouth before my brain!

 

Ver many thanks, Mike

 

Phil


Julia Vokes
 

Love the memories!!  I started a Computer Science degree in 1975 at Oxford Polytechnic and gave up after a year as I couldn’t see a future in it!!  But did learn COBOL, Fortran and Algol in that year.   Changed to business Studies,  much more me

Julia 

On 5 Jan 2022, at 13:21, chiddingfold <chiddingfold@...> wrote:


Wrong thread to socialise I know, but reminded me of programming a Marconi Myriad computer at The Gas Council in Hinckley in 1970-1. Was first industrial placement of my Computer Science degree - then the big new thing - from Leicester Polytechnic. Ferranti paper-tape readers doing a destructive 'hope it reads' high-speed load with the tape peeling in two down the centre-line. Don't get that fun anymore!

Degree or not, I bow to Mike Tate's Lua scripting skills!

Jeff Spencer

On Mon, 3 Jan 2022, 12:28 Mike Tate, <post@...> wrote:

Phil,

I am also ex-Marconi (Comms division at Writtle and New Street) from 1968 to 2000.

Programmer and computer systems consultant, and now chairman of local computer club.

If you need any further advice then just ask.

Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:14
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello Mike,

 

As some one as a self taught programmer (Marconi Co ltd, Great Baddow) day after August BH, 1966 (first at end of month) that is so useful in the way of pointers. Lateral thinking and logical thinking as a poor maths graduate and 55 years in computers, is so very useful a background to be a family historian!

Now all I have to sort out is to learn not to engage my mouth before my brain!

 

Ver many thanks, Mike

 

Phil


Phil Warn
 

We will have to form a Marconi Club!

 

Phil

 

Sent from Mail for Windows

 

From: chiddingfold
Sent: 05 January 2022 13:21
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Wrong thread to socialise I know, but reminded me of programming a Marconi Myriad computer at The Gas Council in Hinckley in 1970-1. Was first industrial placement of my Computer Science degree - then the big new thing - from Leicester Polytechnic. Ferranti paper-tape readers doing a destructive 'hope it reads' high-speed load with the tape peeling in two down the centre-line. Don't get that fun anymore!

 

Degree or not, I bow to Mike Tate's Lua scripting skills!

 

Jeff Spencer

 

On Mon, 3 Jan 2022, 12:28 Mike Tate, <post@...> wrote:

Phil,

I am also ex-Marconi (Comms division at Writtle and New Street) from 1968 to 2000.

Programmer and computer systems consultant, and now chairman of local computer club.

If you need any further advice then just ask.

Mike Tate

 

From: family-historian@groups.io <family-historian@groups.io> On Behalf Of Phil Warn
Sent: 03 January 2022 11:14
To: family-historian@groups.io
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Circular GEDCOM files

 

Hello Mike,

 

As some one as a self taught programmer (Marconi Co ltd, Great Baddow) day after August BH, 1966 (first at end of month) that is so useful in the way of pointers. Lateral thinking and logical thinking as a poor maths graduate and 55 years in computers, is so very useful a background to be a family historian!

Now all I have to sort out is to learn not to engage my mouth before my brain!

 

Ver many thanks, Mike

 

Phil

 


johnfirr@...
 

Could that include a Hinckley club. ? I was born and brought up in Hinckley and remember the old gas works being converted to a national centre when natural gas came in. Also an ex Leicester Poly student. Small world.
John
Apologies mods. Off topic won't do it again!


Paul White
 

I'd bet you will, John :D