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Oooh - it's getting technical now and I don't 'do' technical ( ;D) however, apparently I'm using "V.6.1. (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)" - which presumably means something but, sadly not to me!

It's not a silly question but yes, I have tried opening the program first then the files but the result is still the same .... nothing.

As I've only used the old version of Publisher I can't comment on whether the newer varies much but if there is anything I might be able to help sort out, do please ask.


so a lot of what I'd saved on XP is now not accessible through Windows 7

Hi Mogsmum

What are you having trouble with?  I moved from XP to Windows 7 and can't think of any specific accessibility problems

We might be able to save you a lot of time & hassle   :)


My main problem is MS Publisher.   It's the program I use almost exclusively purely because I don't find Word sufficiently flexible (apart from entering raw text) for my requirements.   Now, granted I do have quite an old version of Publisher (part of the Office 2000) and yes, I could buy an updated copy, but at £89.95 - the cheapest I've so far seen it - that's money I'd rather spend on my research, it is after all, half-way to my next years Ancestry subscription.

When I bought the new computer, I did take it and all my original program CDs to 'a man' who transferred all my data across, but refused to even try putting Office 2000 on the new machine because, according to him "... there's no point trying because it won't work".   Well, nothing ventured so I thought I'd have a go myself and although I did have to use the compatibility wizard I have managed to get it to work or at least 98% of it (there are a few little things it gets het-up about, but I can live with those).

The main problem is that having, in effect, 'forced' Windows 7 to accept such an old version there are some Publisher files which it steadfastly refuses to open, no matter what I try. I do have some access to the 'old' XP computer (my daughter has it and provided she remembers to bring it when she visits, so I can still get to the files) but I would like to be able just to open things on the new machine without having to sit and watch the little circle spinning endlessly with no result and then having to make a note of which file it won't open and hoping I can find that bit of paper when my daughter comes.

If you can throw any light on how to get round this, I'd be so grateful.

I'm thinking this has been covered before, but I've recently had to take (yet another) break from research and, into the bargain, had to have a new computer so a lot of what I'd saved on XP is now not accessible through Windows 7 ( ::))- including some of the suggestions on this topic so forgive me if I'm repeating the ruddy obvious.

I want to start writing up some of the family history research I've done over the past 25+ years, (mainly for my daughters) the only thing is ..... I'm not quite sure how to go about it.   Including scanned copies of certificates, photos, documents etc., is not a problem, but I particularly want to include more than just a diagrammatic family tree with list of names and dates, this is supposed to be a 'history' and therefore, I want to include what I know about the people themselves.   This is fine and can be done fairly logically until I start to get to great-great-grandparents - people I knew but who, to my daughters, are just names and photos.

Since my daughters won't be as familiar with the names as I am, my first thought is to perhaps include an 'index' using the Record Id and to make a separate section where I can include all those facts, notes, anecdotes and 'how/why did theys?' that will bring these people 'to life'.

Does this seem logical?   

All suggestions welcome - thank you

The Common Room / Re: What is the appropriate punctuation?
« on: Tuesday 04 September 12 08:55 BST (UK)  »
Based on what we do at work, i.e. the Civil Service - and the way my daughters were told to do it when doing their Uni dissertations and theses - if you are quoting the exact words as they appear on the card, then they should be italicised within single quote marks - if you wish, you may follow this up with an 'explanation' in brackets so you might put ... 'Cam'n Hdrs Depot' (Cameron Highlanders' Depot).   You will note, I've put the apostrophe after the word Highlanders in the explanation - this is because the regiment is known as Highlanders, is therefore already a plural, so the possessive goes after the final letter.

Thereafter, it's perfectly acceptable to use words such as Cameron Highlanders, Depot, Corps, Regiment or any other words which appear on the card without quote marks - just because you are repeating words which appear, does not mean you have to automatically put them within quote marks.

Hi there,

I'm really sorry but I'm afraid I can't help you.   I used to visit Maidstone every other day when my parents were alive (to look after them - you know the scenario) and so I passed the cemetery on my way to them and on the way back, but after they died - with no longer any ties to the area - we've moved 100 or so miles away.

I'm really sorry, I hope you can find someone to help - I know how frustrating it can be.   Good luck.


World War One / Re: Anyone have a copy of 'The Buffs' by Ponsonby?
« on: Sunday 27 March 11 09:32 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for your efforts.   Majm - that's the book I'm ploughing through at the moment - all 554 pages of it! - it seems to be the only copy in Kent libraries (normally held at Snodland if anyone else needs it).

As for the inter-library loan, I have tried but drew a blank - mind you it's probably worth another go, when I asked at our local library if they had Microsoft Access on their computers the reply I got was 'Access to what?::)

World War One / Anyone have a copy of 'The Buffs' by Ponsonby?
« on: Tuesday 22 March 11 12:51 GMT (UK)  »
It's a long shot, but I'm hoping someone may have a copy of West Kent (Q.O.) Yeomanry, and 10th (Yeomanry) Battallion The Buffs, 1914-1919 by Charles Edward Ponsonby (sadly I can't afford the £100 for my own copy).

Some while ago I was told that my Grandfather - quote ' ... is listed in Ponsonby as having having joined B Company 10th Buffs after 1st March 1917.   He is shown as having served in Palestine and France and as being wounded on the Somme in September 1918'. 

The person who gave me this information promised to photocopy the relevant page/s, but sadly died before they were able to do and thus, I am no further forward.

If by some chance, someone has a copy (or knows where I could look at one), I'm trying to find the entry/mention of my Grandfather Pte. G23600 Edward L. French.   I have tried the 'obvious' places, library, Buffs Museum but with no luck.

I do have his medal card, luckily most of his fire-damaged service record and am currently working my way though 'The Buffs' by R.S. Moody

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Two children, same name. Just a tip
« on: Friday 18 March 11 18:56 GMT (UK)  »
Re-marriages should be banned!

One of mine married, had 4 children before his wife died.   

He then married a widow, who brought with her, her 3 natural children, plus the 5 children she'd 'inherited' from her 1st husband (who was a widower when she'd married him). 

With me so far? :D 

They then went on to have a further 4 children - giving him a grand total of 16 for whom he was responsible - the felony compounded because George, Henry, Eliza, Mary-Ann, Frances Ann and/or Ann Frances were popular names (although I thank heaven for dear old Isiah)! 

No wonder I have people in my tree who could easily appear to have 4 surnames - unless you read the notes  ::)

Family History Beginners Board / Two children, same name. Just a tip
« on: Friday 18 March 11 12:50 GMT (UK)  »
Only relatively recently did I discover that if a child died, it was not uncommon for a subsequent child to be given the same name.

Knowing this, suddenly made clear why some families appeared to have two children with exactly the same names.

I'm sure it's common knowledge to most people, but it took me a while to find out and I thought it might assist a newcomer.

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