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Free Upgrade to 6.0.2 (version 6 users only)

Users of version 6 (licensed, unlocked versions only) can now download a free upgrade to Family Historian 6.0.2.

This upgrade will only work if you already have a licensed copy of version 6 installed. It will not work with earlier versions, or trial, demo or starter editions. Users of earlier versions who wish to upgrade can buy an upgrade to version 6 – see the Store page. To find out which version you have, run Family Historian and click on “About Family Historian” on the Help menu.

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+ TMG Import Enhancements

  • When you import a TMG project, there is now a new ‘TMG Import Options’ page. You can simply accept the defaults, or you can opt to use ‘Custom Options’. All custom options are explained in the Help (just press the Help button).
  • A date specified as ‘before’ a given date, was being imported without the ‘before’ and there were similar problems with other date ranges. Fixed.
  • Memos for events are now imported (witness memos have been imported since 6.0.1).
  • Note tags were imported but the note text was lost. Now fixed.
  • Both the description and caption for exhibits are now imported.
  • Where the principal for a TMG tag has a role other than ‘Principal’ (e.g. ‘Head of Household’ in a census), the default option is now that the principal is now added as a witness to the event, with the specified role (can be overridden in custom options).
  • FH makes a distinction which TMG does not make, between events and attributes. For example, in FH, ‘Occupation’ is an ‘attribute’ where in TMG it is just another ‘event’. Attributes, in FH, have all the same fields as events, plus one additional one: a Value field. For example, the value for Occupation might be ‘farmer’. In TMG there is no Value field – just a Memo field. Whereas for ordinary events, the Memo field is simply moved to the FH Note field, for attributes, things are less straightforward. In these cases, the Memo must be divided or shared between the attribute’s Value field and its Note field. New custom options specify in what way this should be done. The default policy is that the first sentence of the Memo is moved to the attribute value, and the entire memo is moved to the Note, unless the Note would as a result be an exact duplicate of the Value.

+ Enhancements to the Internet Search Tool

  • The Internet Search Tool has been updated with the latest search templates.
  • There is a new button on the Internet Search Tool, called ‘Check for Search Tool Updates’. Clicking this button will look for updates to search templates, and optionally install them, if found.
  • The Internet Search Tool now automatically updates its search values when you click on a person in the main program. So, for example, if the Internet Search tool is open with ‘FindMyPast’ selected, you can simply click on a person in the Focus Window (or elsewhere) and then click on the ‘Search Now’ button to search for the records for them.

+ Sundry Enhancements and Bug Fixes

  • Map references did not work if your preferred decimal point symbol (set in ‘Region settings’ in the Control Pane) was a comma, or at least, not a dot. Using a comma as a decimal point symbol is normal in Germany and other countries. Map references now work correctly whatever your preferred decimal point symbol – but you still have to use a dot as decimal point symbol within map references.
  • On the Fact tab, you can now optionally display surnames for relatives referenced in Timeline events. This is specified in ‘Timeline Facts’, which is accessible both from the Fact Tab, and from the General tab of Preferences.
  • When exporting a GEDCOM file, there is now an option to exclude Place records.
  • The chosen option for ‘Autogenerate Keywords’ in Preferences was not preserved from one session to another. Now fixed.
  • Clicking on a marker in the Map window did nothing if you were in standalone GEDCOM mode. Now fixed.
  • Workspace preferences were not handled correctly if you opened multiple instances of the same type of workspace. For example, if you opened multiple Map windows, your preferred positioning of the Property Box might not be handled correctly when you switched between them. Now fixed.
  • There is a new Export menu command to allow the standard fact set to be exported. When you re-import it, however, you must import it as a new custom fact set, and rename it.
  • It was previously possible to edit a place while in the process of selecting it for a merge. Doing so caused FH to crash. It is no longer possible to edit the place name while you are in the process of merging.
  • New commands have been added to the Fact Sets dialog. You can now delete, rename and clone custom fact sets. You can also clone or reset the standard fact set. To view the Fact Sets dialog, click on ‘Tools’, then ‘Fact Types’, and then click on the ‘Fact Sets’ button. The new commands are described in the Help.
  • If you immediately closed the Property Box after making a change to a field, the change was not always recorded. Now fixed.
  • Added an option to create new named lists to the right-click menu in the Named List pane (top panel) in the Record Window.

+ Power-User Enhancements

  • The ‘ContainsText’ function did not handle place names correctly. Now fixed.
  • When FH generates an exception report, it now writes a ‘BOM’ to the start of the file, which means that more text editors are likely to correctly identify the text encoding.
  • The ‘TextPart’ function had 2 problems: it could not be called from a plugin using the function fhCallBuiltInFunction, and it could cause a crash with some place fields, when used in queries. Both problems now fixed.
  • The Accent Popup window is now always disabled in the Plugin Editor.
  • In the Row tab of the Query window, if you entered a data reference to a place field (i.e. with no chevron on the end – e.g. %FACT.PLAC%), the ‘Operator’ field would wrongly include ‘is’ (for record-matching), and would wrongly exclude ‘is null’. Both now fixed.


+ TMG Import Enhancements

  • Import of The Master Genealogist files previously crashed if the file contained Witness memos. Fixed.

+ Sundry Enhancements and Bug Fixes

  • Time slider did not display correctly if the Windows Classic Theme was chosen in Vista or Windows 7. Now fixed.
  • Internet Data Matching now uses SSL to connect to MyHeritage.
  • Text box font details in chart files created in version 5, were not loaded correctly in version 6. Problem could also affect books. Now fixed.
  • Some projects could take a very long time to load – even to the point that the application appeared to hang. Problem was caused by an inefficient method of identifying ancestors of the File Root, in the Focus Window. Could also mean that the Focus Window could be slow to display. Now fixed.

If you are looking for upgrades for earlier versions please see the download archive. See Understanding Family Historian Version Numbers for an explanation of how Family Historian version numbers work.

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