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Tuesday 27th September 2011

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

Other Family Historian courses coming up shortly in the U.K. are:

  • 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 of Genealogists.
  • Weds 7 Dec 2-5pm "Family Historian Software Practical" (must bring a laptop), by John Hanson, for the Society of Genealogists.
  • 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 ( Cost £17.50 (£14.00 for SoG members). See this page for more details about SoG cources:

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:

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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 from abroad.

This very unsatisfactory situation has now been resolved. Version 4 is now available from (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 (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 suppliers Gould Genealogy).

The next thing is to sort out improved distribution for Canada...

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Version 4 Tips

TipDid 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.

TipDid 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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