New Family Historian Course for Intermediate
and Advanced Users
A full-day course on Family Historian, for intermediate and
advanced users, is being given in Somerset in the U.K., on
November 12th. The course will be run by Jane Taubman, who
as well as running the Family Historian User Group website
is also moderator on the Family
Historian Users Mailing List, and one of the foremost
experts on Family Historian.
The day costs £49.00, which includes lunch. For more
details, see www.rjt.org.uk/home/family-historian-course.
Other Family Historian courses coming up shortly in the U.K.
- Tues 25th October (half day) "Family Historian for
Beginners", by My History.
- Sat 3 Dec 10:30am-1pm "Family Historian Software
for Advanced Users", by John Hanson, for the Society
- Weds 7 Dec 2-5pm "Family Historian Software Practical"
(must bring a laptop), by John Hanson, for the Society of
- Tues 14th February2012 (half day) "Family Historian
for Beginners", by My History.
The Society of Genealogist courses are held at the Society
of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, London,
EC1M 7BA, U.K. They can be booked by telephone (020 7553 3290)
or through the SoG website (http://www.sog.org.uk). Cost £17.50
(£14.00 for SoG members). See this page for more details
about SoG cources: http://www.sog.org.uk/events/calendar.shtml
My History courses are held at 4 Mexborough
Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire,
S64 9JP, U.K. Cost £25.00. See this page for more details
about My History courses: http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Family_Historian_Courses.html.
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Family Historian in the U.S.
Family Historian's American users have not been very happy
with the distribution of the program in the U.S., and for
good reason. The program, packaged for the U.S. market, has
been available in U.S. stores - but only, until recently,
up to version 3. Americans who want the latest version, have
either had to buy the download version, or buy a boxed version
This very unsatisfactory situation has now been resolved.
Version 4 is now available from Amazon.com (the U.S. version
of Amazon) and from now on, Calico Pie have announced that
the U.S. and the U.K. will both get the latest version of
the program, in the same packaging - which should help prevent
delays in distribution on either side of the Atlantic.
There are no reviews, at time of writing, for version 4 in
Amazon.com (see Family
Historian's page); so if anyone feels like writing one,
please go ahead and do so.
Australian and New Zealand users have always done well with
Family Historian. They can buy an edition of version 4 packaged
especially for the Australian and New Zealand market; or they
can buy it in the same box that is available in the U.S. and
the U.K. (e.g. both boxes are available from specialist genealogy
The next thing is to sort out improved distribution for Canada...
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Version 4 Tips
you know that all Family Historian diagrams can be scaled
to any size? The easiest way of doing this is just to change
the value for Scaling in the General tab of
Diagram Options dialog. After scaling, you may want
to move a tree - i.e. change its position on the printed page.
To do this click on the Show Page Boundaries button
on the diagram toolbar when viewing a diagram, to show the
grid of printed pages ( zoom back to see them all). Then click
on Movement Control Box on the Diagram menu,
and click on Tree on the dialog that appears. You can
now move the whole tree by click-and-dragging on any box.
Close the Movement Control Box, and untick Enable Moving/Resizing
to cancel . See Chapter 11 of the book Getting the Most
From Family Historian 4 (accessible from the Help menu)
for more tips on scaling and printing diagrams.
you know Family Historian has keyboard shortcuts for many
standard tasks? For example, you can press Alt+Enter to open
the Property Box (if not already open) to view the currently
selected record. And this works wherever the record is selected
- in the Focus Window, the Diagram window, the Records Window,
and so on. To see a list of keyboard shortcuts, open the Help
by clicking Family Historian Help on the Help
menu. Then click on Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts in
the Contents pane on the left side of the Help window.
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