The latest version of Ancestral Sources is v5.2.0

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Version History

Version 5.2.0 (17 July 2016)

  • Julian dual dates (e.g. 10 Feb 1713/14) were not being handled correctly. This was due to a problem introduced in version 4.5 and not reported by anyone. It should now be fixed.
  • There is now a new template tag {IMAGEINFO} available for use in image title templates. If this tag is used in an image template and a new image is selected to add to the entry, then there is an 'Additional Information' text box available. This can be used to specify extra text to appear in the multimedia object's title and also the file name (if the 'rename file' option is ticked). This could be used to distinguish between multiple images added to a source.
  • If the image viewer was set to always be on top, a small number of dialogue forms would pop-up behind the image viewer. These should now appear correctly above the image viewer.
  • Images in the image viewer can now be zoomed in and out by holding down Control and using the mouse scroll-wheel. This mimics standard behaviour in many other applications.
  • On the image viewer, when more than one image is being linked, AS will now attempt to retain the same zoom level and positioning on each image so that the current view will be retained as you move between them.
  • Robin Dew requested support for entry of Quarter Dates, e.g. Q3 1809. This should now be possible for all source types other than census.
  • The About option under the help menu will now display if the version of AS being run is 32 bit or 64 bit.
  • Updated the default method 1 and image title templates for Deaths to be consistent with the corresponding Birth title templates. Suggested by David Potter.
  • Colin Spencer reported that the options to retain marriage status when entering multiple marriages didn't work. Retaining the religion also had the same problem and this is now fixed.

Version 5.1.3 (11 March 2016)

New Features

  • Added autotext keywords to allow repository details to be displayed. Joop on the FHUG forums suggested this.
  • There are now options available for all source types to allow a 'short title' for a source to be entered and a short title template to be set up to automatically generate this. This was requested by a number of people over the years including Mervyn Ashby and BarbaraD.
  • Glenn Cox requested keyboard shortcuts for adding spouse, child, etc. These are now available (see edit menu for details).
  • When adding a new child to an individual, if they only have one spouse they are selected by default. This was suggested by Glenn Cox
  • David Miller and others suggested having the 'Add to entry' ticked by default when adding a new parent, spouse, sibling or child and this is now implemented.
  • Added the 1939 register as a census template. Although not strictly a census, it can be treated as a census for the purposes of data entry in Ancestral Sources.
  • If the deceased flag for a parent is ticked it now automatically selects the individual to show they are included in the entry. This change was inspired by a post from Colin on the FHUG AS forum.
  • When AS remembers the size of a form when it closes, it is no longer as strict about a form's frame having to be within the boundaries of the screen(s).
  • Ancestral Sources will now check for updates automatically every 7 days. Previously it was only possible to manually check using the option in the Help menu.

Problems Fixed

  • William Benson spotted that 'between dates' were not displayed correctly. This problem has been in Ancestral Sources since the first version five years ago but is now fixed!
  • Another problem which must have been in Ancestral Sources for a long time was spotted by Colin on the FHUG forum. When creating a new birth or death record the date and place of birth/death was always recorded even if the relevant boxes were unticked. This is now fixed.
  • Fixed a typing mistake where niece was misspelled as neice in the informant drop-down list, reported via email from Teris.
  • Steve Galloway reported that under particular circumstances birth entries which include marriage details of parents can cause a crash. This should now be fixed.
  • Backing up AS options now includes any changes to the main form size. This was spotted due to an issue reported by Pentris on the FHUG forums and investigated by Mike Tate.
  • AS would crash if particular non-specific regional locations were set: AS uses the location to try to determine if the default date format should be dd/mm/yyyy or mm/dd/yyyy. Keith Skipper reported this problem which should now be fixed.
  • For census entries which include a birth date column (e.g. UK 1939), the dates are now displayed in title case rather than capitals to be more consistent with other date fields in Ancestral Sources. This inconsistency was reported by 'capnkeith' on the FHUG AS forum.
  • Doug Byway reported an issue which must have been in AS since version 1, which could have meant that a cell currently being edited in the census grid was not saved. This has now been fixed.
  • The option to retain parents after saving a baptism entry was broken by version 5. This is now available again for baptisms together with the option to retain parents for birth entries.
  • Colin Spencer and Lorna Craig reported that the census birth entry screen could add a blank place to an individual who has an existing birth entry with a date but no place recorded and that this caused an exception error report in Family Historian. This error should now be fixed and I've tidied up the various option that are presented when adding birth details for a census record.
  • Colin Spencer spotted another issue which hasn't been reported before, despite it being there since version 1.1. When adding a new individual's name if Enter was pressed rather than OK, the name wouldn't be correctly formatted. This has now been resolved.

Version 4.5.0 (24 December 2014)

New Features

  • Added support for new Family Historian 6 witness roles for associated individuals. Updated the associated individuals templates to match the standard witness types in Family Historian 6. This includes renaming 'god-parents' to 'godparents'. By default there will be a warning if an associated individual using the new witness role appears to be being added to a GEDCOM file used with an earlier version of Family Historian. This warning message also gives the option to change these witness roles to local notes instead.
  • There is now an extended birth support option to enter birthplace, age and date of birth fields for parents in baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials and for spouse in deaths and burials. This is enabled via an item on the View menu or a button on the toolbar. A new autotext keyword SYSTEM.EXTENDEDBIRTHSUPPORT can be used to detect if this feature is enabled.
  • Added a new parameter option to ASSOCLIST for auto-text templates that use associated individual entries. One possible use of this is to record the minister/priest as an associated individual to take advantage of the new Family Historian 6 witness roles.
  • Updated various auto-text templates to take advantage of ability to use witness roles in Family Historian 6.
  • There are now 3 new functions available for Auto-text templates AND, OR, NOT. Although not strictly required they help to simplify and shorten some of the templates.
  • It is now possible to drag and drop a file onto the image viewer as an alternative to selecting the file using the 'Select File…' button.
  • When adding list items (e.g. relationships) to census templates there is now an option to duplicate the items from a similar column in another template. This was a good idea suggested by John Morrison.
  • Added a new individual gender auto-text template sub-tag WIDOWWIDOWER.
  • Prompted by Gerry Newnham, the auto-text template 'Death Certificate 1837- (England/Wales)' has been edited so that 'wife of' or 'husband of' shows Wife/Widow/Husband/Widower of as appropriate.
  • When merging an occupation with an existing occupation, new local notes will now not be added if an existing identical local note already exists. This was requested by John Morrison
  • Will Benson on the FHUG forums asked for a warning if no census place or address was specified. There will now be a warning if a place or address are not specified and this applies to all the source types.
  • Added YEAR as a subtag of any dates as previously there was no way to just show the YEAR for registration dates. In addition I corrected some inconsistency between the way dates without sub-tags were displayed which also didn't match what the help file suggested. Also all the date subtags are available for all date values including birth dates, death dates, registration dates, etc. Most of these date issues were pointed out by Peter Richmond
  • Following a suggestion from John Morrison, when selecting an associated individual, 'Just a name' will now be the default selection as it is the likely choice in most cases.

Problems Fixed

  • Ian Haynes reported that the citation certainty for burial entries couldn't be set using the Ancestral Sources options screen. This is now fixed.
  • When entering a log file, settings or backup path in options manually into the text box an unhandled error was given if the folder could not be created. Gerry Newnham reported this and it has now been fixed.
  • I made a small change to correct a layout glitch when using a larger font on the Births/Death Events from Entry screen (Steve Bye reported this). Although there are still occasional layout errors immediately following a font change they seem to disappear once AS is restarted.
  • John Morrison spotted a problem when saving a burial entry. If updating a death fact with just cause of death or age then these details were not saved. This is now fixed.
  • Three links to the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum were broken (On the Welcome screen, help menu and in this help file). This was because the FHUG website was updated in 2013 and the location of these pages changed. These links have now been updated. Thanks to Andrew Weller on the FHUG forums for reporting this.
  • Trevor Rix reported an issue with Link/Note records that has been present since the very first version of Ancestral Sources. The _ASID numbers in the GEDCOM didn't always match correctly, when using method 2 where images linked to individuals or where there were links to existing images. This should be handled correctly now.
  • Fixed a problem reported by Jan Murphy where a burial or death entry could not be created for an individual without spouse or parent family records.
  • Ancestral Sources didn't handle years with 2 digits correctly, particularly when running on a PC that wasn't in the UK. This was reported by Megan Franklin who had an incorrect date in her file that caused AS to crash. This has now been fixed.
  • Mervyn Ashby pointed out that there was an inconsistency between the default method 1 source title and image templates for marriage which included 'address' and baptisms and burials which didn't. They all now include Address by default.
  • The autotext templates for baptisms and burials for England and Wales after 1812 now include the reference ID which was wrongly missed off previously. Thanks to Mervyn Ashby for spotting this

Version 4.0.1 (24 April 2014) 

  • Improved how some of the controls scale when a larger font or windows DPI is used. In particular the age dialogue had some major scaling issues. This was prompted by comments from gerrynuk and davidm_uk on the FHUG forums.
  • The informant name was unticked initially until reset. This has now been fixed - 'rodit' on the FHUG forums reported this.
  • 'StevieSteve' on the FHUG forums reported that under certain circumstances the parents residences and spouse residences were disabled when entering baptism or marriage records. This is now fixed.
  • Updated the pre-1812 burial auto-text template to correct a formatting issue and to add occupation and residence information.
  • The check-box for residence and birth place now updates autotext correctly.

Version 4.0.0 (17 April 2014)

  • This version introduces support for the entry of death and burial/cremation records.
  • The Birth Events from Entry and Death Events from Entry screens have been given a slight redesign.
  • When replacing an existing baptism, marriage, death, burial or cremation fact, there is now an option to retain any existing source citations, images or notes linked to that fact. This was inspired by a forum post by Anthony Pigott and others.
  • Inspired by a comment from Irene Blackburn, when a 'secondary fact' (residence, occupation, religion, nationality and physical description) is to be created, Ancestral Sources will first check where an identical fact with same attributes (date, place, address, age) already exists and if so it will simply add a citation to that existing fact. This is particularly useful when entering both a burial and death fact for an individual where it is likely that the residence and occupation of the individual will be identical in both records and would therefore have resulted in duplicate residence and occupation facts being created.
  • The associated individuals control and settings dialogue have had various user interface improvements and some inconsistent behaviour improved. Thanks to Mike Tate for pointing out some of the issues.
  • Inspired by discussions with Bill Henshaw there is now a new general option 'Autotext place/address tidy' which will automatically remove unnecessary additional commas and spaces from places and addresses when displayed by autotext.
  • It appears that the Cut/Copy/Paste toolbar buttons haven't been working since version 1.1 and was only just spotted by 'icapod999' on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum. I hope this is now fixed. 
  • The 1940 US Census uses Wd rather than W or Wid as the abbreviated version of Widow and Ancestral Sources autotext didn't recognise this when deciding whether to change the name of a female. It does now and thanks to John Morrisn for pointing this out.
  • Fixed a really obscure bug caused by a silly typing mistake in my code, reported by Anthony Piggott on the FHUG forums. When adding an image to an existing source with ID of 4 it caused a strange error message to be displayed.
  • Added a new registry key requested by Mike Tate to have Ancestral Sources save the path of the application in the registry. The value is called App Path and together with Version can now be found under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Ancestral Sources.
  • Ancestral Sources will now read and write GEDCOM files that use unicode.
  • The image viewer will now correctly display ampersands in file names.
  • Steve Bye reported that under particular circumstances, the validation message for incorrect age entries would not disappear. Hopefully this has now been fixed. 
  • A user on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum (Anthias120) pointed out that the whole toolbar was disabled when a file wasn't open when ideally the Open Project/File toolbar button should be available. This has now been corrected.
  • When Ancestral Sources was opened without a default project the Project Computer References menu item should not have been visible. A user on the FHUG Ancestral Source forum (rabble) reported this and it is now fixed.
  • When adding a new address to a place (e.g. individual's residence), the address is now automatically available in the drop-down list of addresses on all the other place controls, e.g. birth place, spouse residence, etc. John Morrison requested this.
  • If a warning that no repository has been entered is shown then pressing cancel will now cause the Repository selection form to be displayed. Similarly if the warning about images not being attached is shown the images form will be displayed after cancel is clicked. This suggestion was from John Morrison. I've also made sure that when cancel is clicked following any of the other warnings, the cursor will focus in the relevant field.
  • Ancestral Sources produced an unhandled error message when it (naturally) failed to open a non-GEDCOM file rather than the expected 'friendly' error message that I expected to appear. Mike reported this and I've now fixed it.
  • When changing source type or quitting Ancestral Sources, the "are you sure you want to do this without saving?" message will now appear if just about any change has been made to any of the various input fields. Previously only some of the fields were checked. Mike Tate suggested this improvement.
  • There is now an option when creating baptisms to insist that an age qualifier is entered (this is not a default setting). Therefore entering an age at baptism of 3 would require 3y to be entered. This was requested by Steve Bye on the FHUG forums.
  • Fixed an issue reported by Steve Bye where cut, copy and paste didn't work with the marriage status and marriage type fields

Version 3.2.3 (12 September 2012)

New Features

  • When selecting an existing image on the Images form, there is now a filter textbox to help to narrow down the search for an image title. Thanks to John Morrison for suggesting this.
  • Since version 3, the file paths where images are accessed have been remembered and recorded in a project options file. John Morrison pointed out that this didn't work well if the project was accessed on more than one computer, as the file paths used are likely to differ. Ancestral Sources will now record these image paths for every computer that the project is used on. There is also a new screen to allow these settings to be removed for computers that are no longer being used.
  • The Save button on the Associated Individuals panel has now been retitled to Add (changes to Update when editing). This was prompted by suggestions from a number of users on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum.

Problems Fixed

  • Steve Bye reported a serious problem with Ancestral Sources, that has been there since v1.1. If the source entry type is changed while the file is loading it is possible for large numbers of sources to be lost. It shouldn't have been possible to change source type during a file load and this should now not be possible.
  • If a baptism entry was selected following a marriage entry, there was no option displayed to select the individual. Mike Tate reported this and it is now fixed.
  • Fixed a problem reported by 'Ed' on the FHUG forums where the Age is never recorded in residence or occupation events for marriage and baptism records, even if the appropriate option to do so is selected.
  • Made a few minor changes to the options screen to improve formatting errors.
  • Chris Michael and Gerry Newnham both reported that the word repository was incorrectly spelled on a warning message box and also that the warning reported no repository was selected, even if a new repository was specified. Both of these have been fixed.
  • An error was shown if a new individual was added with birth details and another individual had their name changed directly in the main panel. Thanks to Chris Michael for reporting this and it should now be fixed.
  • The What's New in this Version? link on the welcome page didn't work - it does now.
  • Steve Bye reported that following a census entry, the census reference id was retained after swapping to a baptism or marriage source . This has now been fixed.
  • Jane Frances reported an error when checking for updates to Ancestral Sources. I'm unsure why this happened to her but this kind of error should now be handled more elegantly.

Version 3.1 (29 April 2012)

New Features

  • Added a new option requested by Bill Henshaw to not create an occupation fact if entered as 'None'
  • As requested by numerous people there is now a 'deceased' checkbox for parents in marriage and baptism records. This can be referred to in Autotext using a DECEASED sub key-word.
  • Added a 'Death Events from Entry' screen to allow death facts to be created for parents who have been marked as deceased. Also added options related to this to the Options screen.
  • There is an option to not record a parent's occupation date if the individual is deceased.
  • Altered the 'Birth Events from Entry' screen to help to distinguish it from the similar new death screen.
  • Image keywords have now been made source specific. John Morrison suggested this.
  • Suggested birth dates calculated from an age with a 'before' or 'after' qualifier, will now suggest a 'before' or 'after' date of birth. This was suggested by John Morrison.
  • The image viewer can now be resized to be much smaller if necessary, with a scroll-bar displayed on the information panel if necessary. This should help those with low screen resolutions.

Auto-text and Keyword Related

  • Fixed an error where the AGE.LONG auto-text keyword returned the wrong result if the age included < (less than).
  • The Generic Marriage (Data Only) template wrongly labelled the status fields as 'age'. Gerry Newnham spotted this.
  • Updated the auto-text templates for birth and marriage to include the DECEASED keywords. In particular improved the way the parent information is displayed in the template for scottish marriage certificates.
  • Changing the name of a linked individual didn't update autotext. Also for marriage entries, individuals who were added, then added as linked individuals and then removed from the file, didn't get removed from the linked individuals list. These problems are now fixed.
  • Following a suggestion from John Morrison, the marriage certificate and parish register1837- templates will now show 'Full' if age is entered as >21 and 'Minor' if <21. Any other ages show the age given.

Other Problems Fixed

  • A significant error was reported by Ian Haynes: an issue with the new 'per-project' settings meant that paths to images were not remembered correctly, particularly for different census years. I believe this is now fixed.
  • Lorna Craig reported a bug that has now been fixed, where looking at a census template when a census entry is being viewed in auto-text with a married female, could cause an error message to be displayed.
  • Elisabeth Briggs reported an error when the main screen was resized so that the repository title didn't display.
  • Fixed an error reported by Kristeen Simpkin that was related to the width of the image viewer screen and/or side panel on that screen. I'm not entirely sure why the error occurs but I believe I've stopped it from happening.
  • Resolved an issue with baptisms where parents couldn't be added to an existing family with children but no parents specified.
  • Also fixed an issue where an error was displayed with the 'retain data' screen if only one parent was specified in the previous baptism entry.
  • Although choosing font styles other than 'regular' (i.e. bold and/or italics) is not recommended, selecting them now works correctly. Mike Tate pointed out this problem.
  • Fixed an error reported by John Morrison that occured when linking an existing image, followed by a new image to the same entry.
  • Mike Tate reported that adding an individual and then removing them can cause an unexpected individual to be selected in the list afterwards. This has now been fixed.
  • For associated individuals, custom events or attributes names no longer convert keywords that might have been accidentally added. This was suggested by Mike Tate.
  • When editing associated individual types, the text boxes are now cleared if the method is changed. Again this followed a suggestion from Mike Tate.

Version 3.0 (27 February 2012)

Ancestral Sources Interface

  • There is now a 'Retain Data' screen that optionally appears after an entry is saved. This allows the user to select particular fields to not be cleared so that they can be used in the next entry. e.g. date, place, repository
  • Following a comment from John Morrison, the minimum width of the main form has now been reduced to 800 pixels.
  • Gerry Newnham reported that in larger fonts the buttons were not visible on the 'Add unrelated individuals' screen. This is now fixed.
  • Added other command-line arguments: -CLOSE which will close Ancestral Sources immediately following a successful file save, -SOURCE MARRIAGE and -SOURCE IMAGES to automatically open the Marriage or Edit Images screens. These are for use with the new plug-ins facility in Family Historian 5.

Baptism and Marriage Data Entry

  • Ancestral Sources now supports the entry of marriage sources using similar facilities to those available for baptisms
  • For marriage entries it is possible to enter ages for the married couple as > (older than) or < (less than) ages.
  • Trying to create a baptism entry for an individual with parents other than those already linked in the file used to only be rejected just before saving. It is now not possible to select those parents in the first place.
  • Fixed an issue reported a number of times when adding parents in baptim records and message 'Individual ... is already linked as a child in a family and therefore this entry can not be saved with the selected parent(s).' was displayed.
  • Clicking on the ID of a an individual in the tabbed area of Baptism or Marriage entries selects that individual in the All Individuals list.
  • Changing the name of an individual directly in the baptism or marriage screen now correctly updates the name in the All Individuals list.

Census Entries

  • Added USA 1940 census template - thanks to Bill Henshaw for emailing his template to me that I based this on
  • I renamed the census option 'Auto Text Column Separator' to 'Grid Column Separator'. Have also made the 'Other' custom column separator able to accept more characters including a keyword {TAB} to represent the Tab character. Mike requested the ability to use multiple characters including Tab as separators.
  • When creating a new individual for a census there is now an option to also automatically select them to add to the entry. This was requested by John Morrison.
  • Corrected a minor issue with the options for census method 2 not always being enabled correctly, reported by Mike Tate.
  • Bill Henshaw reported the Add Countries dialog didn't accept carriage returns: it does now.
  • Reset all settings no longer clears the census flag assignments, there is a separate option for that. Suggested by Mike Tate.
  • Added a 'deallocate' button to the census date check form to allow the user the option to not change the date of particular census events. This was requested by Mike Tate.
  • 'Makfai' on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum requested an option for each individual in a census entry to have a census event and residence event created. This was easy to achieve so I implemented it.

Birth Events

  • There are now options available for baptism and marriages to not offer to create birth entries at all.
  • When choosing not to change an existing birth event there is now an option to create a citation to indicate that the source supports the existing entry. This was requested by Bill Henshaw.
  • Robin Jordan noticed that estimated, calculated and approximated dates didn't display the year if the date included day, month and year. This is now fixed.
  • Fixed a bug reported by John Morrison where a warning was wrongly displayed when entering a birth date as a year, in the same year as a baptism.
  • Richard Sellens reported that when amending the birth details of a baptised individual an address field was added even if no address was specified. This is now fixed.

Image Viewer

  • The paths to media/image folders that Ancestral Sources remembers are now saved to a file within the project folder - assuming Family Historian Projects are being used. This will be very helpful to users of multiple projects as it allows Ancestral Sources to keep track of the correct image folders on a per-project basis. These paths are recorded as 'relative' paths where possible and therefore will also make it more convenient when editing the same project on multiple computers.
  • The Image Viewer now includes facilities to enter keywords for the images added. Mike Tate requested this facility.
  • Peter Richmond rightly complained that when he had the viewer window behind the main form and opened a dialogue such as Options or Configure, that after the dialogue closed the viewer window appeared in front of the main form. I've now fixed this.
  • The image viewer now accepts Ctrl+ and Ctrl- (as well as + and - without ctrl as previously supported) to zoom in and out of the image. Geoff Browne suggested this.
  • On the image viewer screen the 'Same as Source Title' option now shows the current source title. This was requested by Mike Tate.
  • FHUG user 'Stewart60' reported that Family Historian 4 doesn't always create a Media folder in a project and that Ancestral Sources does not create this folder if it doesn't exist. Calico have acknowledged this as a bug to be fixed in version 5. They also gave the author of Ancestral Sources permission to create this folder if it doesn't exist which it should now do.

Auto-Text and Keyword

  • Added new functions =EQUALS and =EQUALSNOT to the Autotext template to allow for comparison of two values, to be used with the =IF function.
  • Added a new Autotext keyword {ASSOCLIST.COMMA.AND} to display the list of individuals using with commas except before the last individual where and is used, e.g. A, B, C and D.
  • Added new Autotext keywords {SYSTEM.VERSION}, {SYSTEM.DATE} and {SYSTEM.TRANSCRIBER} to allow auto-text templates to be modified to include who made the entry, the date and version of Ancestral Sources used. John Morrison suggested a keyword to show version and I added the others.
  • Fixed an issue reported by Mike Tate where {ASSOCPERSON} wasn't parsed.
  • Fixed an error reported by Sue Herrington when Auto is pressed prior to selecting the first individual for a census entry.
  • Tidied up the Baptism templates including correcting a mistake in the Generic baptism auto-text template where Residence Place incorrectly displayed the address instead (reported by Gerry Newnham) and where illegitimate was mis-spelled (reported by Ian Constable).
  • Improved the way that unknown autotext keywords are handled. Inspired by an observation from Mike Tate.
  • Auto-text had an issue where once a template was selected with auto ticked, it wasn't possible to select another template. Mike Tate reported this and this has been fixed.
  • Auto-text template now accepts the tab character.
  • If an auto-text template has been selected then choosing 'Autotext Template Editor' will automatically select the current template to edit
  • If source text produced by autotext was edited by deleting or pasting text with 'Auto' ticked, Ancestral Sources didn't spot the text had been edited and would wrongly update the autotext. John Morrison reported this and I hope it has now been fixed.

Associated Individuals

  • There is now an option to use a custom attribute (in addition to the various existing options) for associated individuals such witnesses and god-parents. This was actually 90% complete for Ancestral Sources v2.0 but I didn't include it - Mike requested it so I finished the work on this.
  • By default if using associated individual types recorded in the local note of the main event, the items added are separated onto separate lines. There is now an option to instead keep them on one line separated by commas. This was inspired by comments from Steve.
  • The associated individuals form didn't always enable the save button when modifying a template, it does now. Reported by Mike Tate.
  • Made a change to the way that data is entered for associated individual types that use association structures to make it more consistent with the other methods. This was suggested by Mike Tate.
  • If the option to edit associated individual types is selected from the 'Further Info' tab then the current association type will be automatically selected as the type to edit.

Repositories

  • If you've chosen to link a repository there is now an option to change your mind and not link it. This was suggested by Mike Tate.
  • There is now an option available for each source type to warn the user if a repository hasn't been selected before the record is saved. This was requested by Gerry Newnham.

Miscellaneous Other Changes

  • Ancestral Sources now correctly handles addresses that are split over multiple lines and there is an option to allow users to enter addresses in that way (although not recommended by the developer). This was suggested by Mike Tate.
  • Fixed a bug when viewing a particular source type on the log viewer and scrolling through entries where the wrong source types were displayed.
  • Removed the restriction for project files selected using the 'Browse...' button to need the folder that contains the .fh_proj file to have the same name as the .fh_proj file. This issue was reported by 'donone' on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum.
  • The drop-down list of addresses is now cleared if the place is changed or cleared and doesn't match an existing place. Mike Tate suggested this.
  • Corrected some issues with the help file reported by Lesley Lambourne and Mike Tate
  • Divine was mis-spelled in the template example - spotted by Gerry Newnham

A number of other minor changes have been made that are not listed above, often as a side-effect of other improvements.

Version 2.0 (24 May 2011)

  • New to this version, Ancestral Sources now supports the entry of baptism sources. This includes entry of Individual, father, mother, occupations, residence, etc. The same systems for linking to sources and images are now available for baptisms as well as censuses.
  • You can now link sources to new or existing repositories. This has been requested by several users.
  • New mechanism for recording 'associated individuals'. i.e. other individuals such as god-parents who are connected to the event. There are options to either use custom events, local notes or GEDCOM association structure. This will be used in future source types to allow, for example, the recording of witnesses at weddings, informant of a death, etc.
  • There is now an entirely new template system for recording auto-text for baptism and census sources. This will cater for some of the common formats for parish baptism records. More templates can be created by users or existing templates modified.
  • There are numerous new keyword tags and sub-tags that can be used in auto-text templates as well as titles.
  • Auto-text can now be set to automatically update as changes are made.
  • When suggesting an occupation for an individual who already has multiple occupations recorded, the occupation closest to the event date will now be suggested.
  • For method 2 users entering census records, when a source is selected and a year has not yet been selected then where possible Ancestral Sources will select a year that is referred to by the source title.
  • The Census Flag Check failed to notice that wrongly allocated census flags needed to be removed if the individuals in question didn't have any census facts. Thanks to Mike Tate for reporting this.
  • Fixed a problem where Ancestral Sources would crash if there were no existing family records or source records in the file and an new individual was added. Reported by 'PyreneesPirate' on the FHUG forum.
  • A problem was reported by Derek Arnold that the Image Viewer form was crashing sometimes with an error suggesting a problem with the size of the right-hand panel. I'm not entirely sure why this would happen but I've built in some safeguards to try to ensure it doesn't occur again.
  • Fixed a problem reported by Mike Tate which will have been in Ancestral Sources since the beginning. When trying to link an existing file, that is in the project media folder and isn't a supported file type, it wasn't possible to view the file in the default viewer.
  • The options to show warnings if no image, no source text and/or no reference are entered, have now been made source specific. E.g. you may wish to be warned if you don't enter a census reference but not if you don't enter a baptism reference. Robin Price suggested this.
  • The handling of font and font-size changes has been improved.
  • Numerous minor changes have been made to the interface.
  • As well as accepting the file name as the only command line argument, Ancestral Sources will now take 3 new command line arguments -FILE <Filepath> -SOURCE <Source> -IND <Individual ID>. The <Source> can be CENSUS or BAPTISM currently. Therefore it is possible to run Ancestral Sources using command line arguments to specify the file, source type and the individual to select initially. Jane Taubman requested this.
Version 1.1.0 (22nd September 2010)
  • There is now an entirely new facility to allow images to be added to existing census sources if using method 1 or citation/fact if using method 2.
  • There are now options available to add whole person citations or name citations to all individuals referenced in the entry or to just new individuals created. Thanks to Peter Richmond, PatrickT and Bill Henshaw for suggesting this.
  • It is now possible to change the name of any individual within Ancestral Sources. If the name citation option is selected then the name change will also get a citation when the source being created is saved. This was requested by a number of users.
  • The new individuals added during the session (or name changes, etc.) can now be reviewed and the changes deleted/rolled-back. This was originally suggested by Peter Richmond.
  • Image viewer form now has a 'keep on top' option.
  • When an individual is added to a census entry, Ancestral Sources now warns if they already have an entry for the same year and not just if the same date. In addition the user is given the option to replace the existing census entry. This was requested by a number of users.
  • The setup option to create a quicklaunch shortcut didn't work for Windows 7 so I've now removed this if the setup is being run on Windows 7 (or later). Thanks to Dave Harris for reporting this.
  • There is now an option for the auto source text facility to leave a blank line after the census column titles. This was requested by Steve Bye
  • There is now a facility to make local notes created by generic census columns private by adding [[..]] brackets around the text. John Owen requested this.
  • When displaying source titles for method 2 users, Ancestral Sources will now display census sources based on their short title if they don't have a title. This issue was raised by Dave Harris.
  • Once a flag association was set (using Flag Settings screen), it wasn't possible to edit the flag associated (you had to delete and then add). Editing now works.
  • In previous versions the list of sources which were considered to be census sources depending on the title including the word 'Census' or the source type being 'Census'. It is now possible to specify the filter to be used to determine the kind of source. There is also a facility to specify this filter for other source types that Ancestral Sources will handle.
  • If a new individual has been selected to be added to the entry and the user chooses to run a census flag check or date check then a warning is now displayed to tell the user that if changes are made then the file saved will include the newly added person/people.
  • If an unsaved image was being viewed when census entry was saved this caused a confusing message to be displayed. This was reported by Dave Harris and is now fixed.
  • Ancestral Sources remembers the positions of some of the windows so they appear in the same place next time the program runs. Dave Harris reported that this caused problems if a window was displayed on a second monitor and that monitor was later detached. If a windows settings cause it to be displayed off-screen the previous position will now not be used.
  • On the image form the cursor keys now work correctly when entering a custom title. Dave Harris reported this problem.
  • On the Image Select Media Folder form the cancel button didn't work correctly (Dave Harris spotted this problem) but it does now.
  • The size of the collapsible right-hand panel in the image form is now remembered. This was inspired by a comment from Dave Harris.
  • When image types not directly supported were loaded, the correct message wasn't displayed until the form was refreshed. It is now displayed immediately.
  • When editing an existing column the short title will no longer update to reflect the long title. This was requested by Mike Tate.
  • When the file is closed the file name is now cleared from the title bar of the main form. Reported by 'GladToBeGrey' on the FHUG forums.
  • The 'Current File is Default' or 'Current Project is Default' menu item didn't always show the correct wording. This is now fixed. Reported by 'GladToBeGrey' on the FHUG forums.
  • David Dewick reported that when saving across a slow wireless connection he sometimes had Ancestral Sources report that the file needed to be reloaded. I've made some changes which will hopefully fix this issue.
  • Robin Hill pointed out that when the census age cell gets focus the text isn't selected, unlike the other cells. This is now fixed.
  • Various users reported they occasionally got 'DataGridView' errors. With help from Debbie on the FHUG forums and Steve Bye I hope this problem is now fixed.
  • The toolbar on the main screen no longer requires two clicks to click a button if the window is not the active window.
  • The census template export and import now remember the previous folders used for these operations rather than defaulting to 'my documents'. Thanks to Mike Tate for suggesting this fix.
  • To make it easier to export census source text produced by the 'Auto text' feature, there is now an option to put quotes (inverted commas) around each column entry. Thanks to Robin Hill who suggested this.
  • When a census grid cell is given focus (selected), all of the text is selected. Pressing F2 will now move the cursor to the end of the cell to allow the user to edit the text. Ctrl+Right and Ctrl+Left will move to start of next/previous word. Shift+Ctrl+Left/Right will do the same but with the text selected. Robin Hill requested this.
  • Methods for date handling have been reworked to make them better able to deal with more unusual valid date formats, in particular Julian 'double dates'.
  • For dates entered as short dates (e.g. 11/2/1900) Ancestral Sources should correctly deduce whether the user's computer is set to interpret this as being 11th Feb or 2nd Nov but there is also now an option for the user to set this.
  • The various options and settings that are held in the Windows registry can now be backed up to and/or restored to a file. This should make it easier to move settings between computers or restore settings following a Windows re-install.
  • The census templates for UK have been tidied up by Mike Tate who has kindly passed his changes to me. In particular: several of the long titles have been changed to more accurately reflect the wording on the original census forms. He has also added additional relationship options. Some of the 'record if blank' entries have been set to false (Employer/Worker/Own Account, Industry and number of children fields). The 'born' and 'married?' short-titles have been renamed to 'Where born' and 'Condition'.
  • Added KEYPERSON sub-tags to title templates to display the key person's name in different formats other than the standard 'Forenames Surname' format offered by the existing KEYPERSON tag. This feature was inspired by a suggestion from Bill Henshaw and enhanced following further suggestions from Mike Tate.
  • There is now the facility to clear/reset the current entry (i.e. clear all the text boxes, grid, images, etc.) without saving it. This was requested by Robin Hill.
  • Fixed an error reported by Bill Henshaw when creating a new media folder.
  • All generic census columns now use list-box cells rather than just text-box cells. This has the advantage of making it easier to enter the same data into multiple cells in a column. This was inspired by a suggestion from Andrew Braid
  • If a selected image becomes unavailable (or available) after it is selected then it is possible for the thumbnail and the image itself to be different. Dave Harris spotted this. The thumbnail will now be updated whenever the image is re-displayed.
  • The backup file names now incorporate the original GEDCOM file name. This will be more helpful to users who access multiple files with Ancestral Sources. Thanks to Mike Tate for suggesting this.

Version 1.0.0 (1st April 2010)

First release of Ancestral Sources with support for creation of census entries.