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Family History Programs, Tree Organisation, Presentation / Re: Family Historian 7
« on: Saturday 02 January 21 03:09 GMT (UK)  »
Not that anyone seems to be interested in my previous post .... may as well have not bothered taking the time to write it. ::)

However, if anyone is thinking of upgrading to v7 but uses the narrative reports and exports to pdf, please be aware that there are issues with the export of them to pdf files which you may want to take a look at on the FHUG Forum prior to purchasing.  Hopefully Calico Pie will resolve the issue sooner than later. :(  Overall I think it is worth the upgrade, or definitely will be if CP fix the pdf issue but I use narrative reports extensively so it is a bit of a nuisance.

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The Common Room / Re: Ancestry Subscription
« on: Tuesday 29 December 20 12:01 GMT (UK)  »
It's still working. :D

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Family History Programs, Tree Organisation, Presentation / Re: Family Historian 7
« on: Sunday 27 December 20 01:44 GMT (UK)  »
I waited almost 3 months before upgrading from v5 to v6, but only 5 days from v6 to v7. ;D  That said, the much vaunted word processing features don't work with Facts notes as I thought they would but apparently using them with sentence templates has been much requested so there may be a later update.  I've not had any issues upgrading and some of the other new features are very good.  It now remembers the last person you were working on when you closed the program instead of going back to the root person when opened again.  The narrative report window layout is now better.  With source records "generic type", type forward now works instead of having to type it in completely or select from the dropdown, which is a definite improvement over v6.  Similarly, the word processing features work with source/citation record notes so you can change the fonts, size, colours, include web links and tables if you want.  Didn't think it would be that useful but actually its nice to use with Narrative Reports which is my main use of the software other than as a "database".  The source and citation window is now floating which actually I find more useful than previously.

There are other new features but not so far anything else I've used.  For me it was worth the upgrade cost which is higher than previously but I gather that is because of the increased functionality (the new full licence price is also more expensive).

I'm now yet again going back over source records amending them, a rather big task but definitely looks better in narrative reports.  Assuming they do expand the use of word processing features with fact notes, so I can use bold in the sentence templates, then I'll be even happier. :D

Check out the website and also the forum as there is a lot of discussion since it was released.  Some people have had issues but I think the vast majority have not. 

The ancestral sources free add-on has also been updated and now doesn't take the earth to reload my project file each time it's saved in Family Historian. I only use it to enter bare census data and then expand in Family Historian itself but it used to take forever to reload one of my projects which has 30k people.  I'd been told that it was because I was only using a SATA drive and surely everyone is using SSDs now. ::)  Well when I upgraded to an SSD it was just as slow but this new version appears to have been changed and its now much faster reloading that file. Still a little delay but nothing like it was so I'm afraid it was the program not my hardware. ::)

Anyway, I'd definitely recommend it but again depends whether you want the new features or not.  I was really interested in the word processing features, albeit they don't do completely what I thought they were going to do ... or not yet anyway.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Click and collect shopping question
« on: Sunday 05 April 20 19:37 BST (UK)  »

Just to say that when I used click and collect you are literally only out of your car for as long as it takes to pack the shopping bags into the boot.  Less than 5 minutes of standing or walking  :)

When we used it on Wednesday, it was about the same.

Possibly is but that doesn't include the issues I will have trying to get the delivery out of the car boot and into the house once home.  I've got severely restricted movement in both shoulders which limits, along with using a pair of crutches, how much I can carry at any one time.  I have trouble carrying a full 10l bag of cat litter in the house let along outside round the front of the house from the drive.  So click and collect really isn't practical for me. :-\  I also don't have anyone to help or I'd get them to collect anyway.

Had a text from a colleague earlier saying Tesco appear to be releasing delivery slots now at 4.45pm, must have been Saturday, but looked at just before 4.55pm today and nothing.  May depend I suppose on the stores as mine is different but who knows. ::)

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Click and collect shopping question
« on: Saturday 04 April 20 18:36 BST (UK)  »
Not click and collect Kimbrey, but booking a slot with Tesco. I managed to get a delivery for 22nd April yesterday. I made sure that I was on the website and logged in at 23.50. Just after midnight the site refreshed and all the slots for the 22nd were available, so I grabbed one! Apparently that's when they release them.

That's interesting, Tesco seem to have changed release of delivery slots again.  Last Friday week it seems they released a load at just after 7am as a colleague managed to get one and sent me a text at 7.40am, trouble was I was still asleep, heard the text and then went back to sleep for another half hour so by the time I looked at 8.20am all the slots had gone, albeit deliveries would have been from a different store so my "local" (10 miles away) may not have had any slots available anyway.  They had apparently released slots for the following week but no longer.  Looks like they have returned to the normal release after midnight for 3 weeks later.

That said, being well under 70 but in an at risk category (not very high risk) and with severe mobility issues (knee op was scheduled for Wednesday but obviously got cancelled), I've just managed to get on Sainsbury's priority delivery list as of yesterday and now have one for next Saturday booked.  I'd lost my access when they changed the system the beginning of last week.  That said I've been lucky and had Tesco delivery last Monday booked 2 weeks earlier and have Morrisons today booked 3 weeks ago.  Still have a Morrisons slot for 19 April so next Saturday's Sainsburys fits in well.  Trouble is I'm spending far more than I normally do 'cos you can't guarantee what they will actually have to deliver but the last couple of deliveries I've been getting most of the order. ::)  It won't go off and no I've not been stock piling toilet paper or handwash, the latter I should get a couple tonight which is the first I've managed to get.  I shouldn't complain, but the CC bill is going to be up this month.  Cat won't mind she's well in for food and litter for some weeks now. ;D

Click and collect isn't really an option because I can't stand/walk for more than 20 minutes before both knees lock up and I'm in serious trouble.  Don't have any family or friends close enough to ask to collect for me either.   Also as I am working from home, have restricted time to be able to use click and collect. 

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: State of Emergency Covid-19 (Part 4)
« on: Saturday 21 March 20 05:37 GMT (UK)  »
I'll bring a jar of Homepride’s Sausage Casserole Sauce – only 18 months out of date!! But you'll have to  bring your own sausage to dunk.

I can beat that. ;D  3x Schwartz Spag Bol mix and 2 x Schwartz Chili Con Carne mix, all best before Oct 2017.  Currently on offer in one of the Supermarkets but out of stock when had delivery on Tuesday (along with about 60% of the order).  However the low fact Pork mince was available so they are going to get used.  I'm sure they'll be fine. ;)

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The Common Room / Re: FREE ACCESS TO ANCESTRY ETC
« on: Friday 20 March 20 20:18 GMT (UK)  »
When there are free weekends they only add days to those people who have full Worldwide subscriptions.  Anyone with just a UK sub or similar is considered to be benefitting by being able to see Worldwide and gets no additional days.

That's Findmypast, Ancestry have never done.

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The Common Room / Re: Access to locked records on Family Search during the pandemic.
« on: Thursday 19 March 20 07:59 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Mckha. Out of curiosity, does anyone know why they are locked?

They are usually locked for contractual reasons because the agreement between the LDS and the Archives only permits access at the centres and not widespread access via the internet other than sometimes for LDS Church members.  Some will be images that are available from pay per view sites but most are restricted because of the agreement when the records were microfilmed.  They can even vary for record sets from the same Archives but filmed at different times.  Some records previously could be ordered into FHCs by microfilm but since they were digitised they have been restricted and are no longer available to view.  This has unfortunately happened to a few I would like to view.

I suspect there is little chance they will open up the access because of the above.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: state of emergency
« on: Sunday 15 March 20 11:52 GMT (UK)  »
It's not just the over 70s there talking about making self-isolate, but those under that age with pre-existing conditions. 

That's likely to include myself as I'm on immune-suppressant drugs for the autoimmune condition Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Mind you I'm also awaiting a total knee replacement op due beginning of next month which I think is likely to get cancelled although its at a specialist orthopaedic hospital. 

Mind you I've only been into work four days since the end of September but that's because I can hardly walk.  That said work are very happy for people to work from home 'cos of lack of parking spaces, it is actually official policy you are not supposed to park on site more than 4 days out of 5.  Out of my three team colleagues, two others are high risk as one has Type 1 Diabetes and the other Asthma and High Blood Pressure.  The latter has been working from home more days than in over recent weeks but the other has been onsite most days, he hates working from home.  I suspect though after this week when he's on holiday even he may be working from home more.

Mind you I feel sorry for our team leader, he's due to go to Australia on holiday for two and a half weeks from 1 April and has been really looking forward to it.  With their 14 day isolation policy just implemented that's obviously going to be cancelled. :-\

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