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No recognition of "USA" as a country? (Fixed)

Discussion in 'Family Tree Analyzer' started by jorghes, May 20, 2017.

  1. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    I've noticed that recently my Lost Cousins facts listed with the country "USA" are no longer recognised as Lost Cousins facts when read by Family Tree Analyzer.

    I don't really want to have to go through my entire FTM 2017 file - which is a program which prefers "USA" over something like "United States" and I've spent a lot of time changing all the references over.

    Is this just a bug? Is there something I need to change so that my US census facts appear in the Lost Cousins list on FTA rather than as "LC facts missing a country"?
     
  2. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    Is anyone able to help with this? Or able to explain it??
     
  3. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    I think it's a bug and Alexander is aware.
     
  4. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    Oh good, I was wondering since I hadn't had a response.
     
  5. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    I used to raise questions about FTA via this Forum but it is possible for such posts to be missed. In order to avoid such oversight, Alexander asked for any unanswered questions to be raised as issues at http://ftanalyzer.codeplex.com/ so that everything appears in one place and is easier for him to manage.
     
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  6. Alexander Bisset

    Alexander Bisset Administrator Staff Member

  7. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    Unfortunately it is still a problem for me. I have updated to version 6.1.2.o and I still have the problem that FT Analyzer isn't recognising "USA" as a country. I haven't managed to post the error in the forum (I probably meant to and forgot... or I could have an still forgot).
     
  8. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    Can you post a snapshot of the error that you're getting?
     
  9. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    I have 2 (non-blood) relatives recorded in the 1880 US census which I have entered into LC. However, I do not know the required format of the census reference that FTA requires so have not placed any such information within my tree for inclusion in any Gedcom file. I intend to add that information when I know just what format is required.

    I also notice that LC My Ancestors page shows these entries as being from "United States" census so that is probably what FTA is expecting as the country specification. If Alexander is asked nicely, it would probably be a fairly simple adjustment for FTA to accept "USA" as an alternative.
     
  10. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    It doesn't raise an error as such, but here are three shots of the sort of thing I'm seeing.

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  11. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the screenshots.

    So looking at your figures, I can see the issue is not to do with the USA, but I believe it is to do with the US Censuses. Looking at your figures from Lost Cousins it says you have entered 340. FTA is analysing the data in your Family Tree, and it appears that you have not added the US Census ref's into your tree, and therefore FTA has determined that 288 have no country.

    This is where I would start looking.
     
  12. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    I add all the census references into my tree first, then add LC facts and onto the Lost Cousins website. I haven't gone back and removed all the 1940/1880 US census facts from my tree, they are the same there as they have always been. What is not the same, is the way it seems that FTA reads those facts.

    Up until a couple of updates ago, (and this occured prior to the move), FTAnalyser showed me that I had a collection of census data and matched LC facts in my tree for the US censuses. And then one day I updated the program, and all those matched references vanished, and they were placed instead in the "LC with no country" box instead. I spent days when I first started using FTA carefully making sure that for every census entry and LC entry on the website there was a matching entry on FTM, and for all that work to be consumed is obviously a little trying.

    I haven't changed a thing in my tree since, because I can't figure out what the hell is going on and why suddenly all the references have been wiped when I put it through FTA.

    Here are the references as they appear in my online tree (my FTM is on my home Mac so I can't access it at the moment and the LC facts don't appear as I have them as a private fact.) This is the 1940 US Census entry on my Ancestry online tree (as it syncs with my FTM), for the very first individual on the list above (Walter Flowers Alexander) who is not registering as having a recognisable country on his LC fact (which has exactly the same location on the LC fact as the census fact below).
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    Last edited: Feb 7, 2018
  13. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    This is increasing looking like FTA no longer recognizing the format of the census references appearing in your Gedcom file.
    Is that format documented anywhere for FTA? It is obviously different for each country and possibly for each census.
     
  14. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    If that is the case, why would it still recognise all the same facts as listed for the other censuses? It recognises the data for the English/Wales, Scotland, Canada and Ireland data - just not that for the USA. That was why I queried whether or not it was recognising the "USA" part as a country.
     
  15. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    Where does "USA" appear in the accepted format of the census reference? I don't believe that "England" needs to appear in the references for that country. I believe that FTA generally determines the country from the format of the reference. If the format does not match what FTA expects then the country is not determined, unless inserted directly into the Gedcom file for the Lost Cousins event. That is why I have not yet added census references for my two relatives in the 1880 US census because I do not know what the required format is.

    Please can the FTA documentation (and program) be amended to include the required formats for each census within each country? At one time, only the format used by Ancestry for the England/Wales 1841/1881/1911 censuses was valid but subsequently there have been slight variations allowed, particularly when extracting this information from Notes.
     
  16. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    I think Bryman is correct. It appears that FTA doesn't recognise the census ref anymore for US censuses.
     
  17. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    That makes sense, thank you Bryman! But I can't be the only person who has this problem, unless of course it is only the Ancestry format of the two US censuses that FTA has stopped recognising. I do not manually enter my residence facts, which is naughty of me!
     
  18. Alexander Bisset

    Alexander Bisset Administrator Staff Member

    Odd. USA should definitely be recognised as a country, indeed there are many variants with and without dots and spaces that are recognised too.

    Census references are not required at all for the Lost Cousins report to work. If they are present but you have no census fact then it will assume there should be a census fact and create one as appropriate. However all that it needed is a 1940 census (or residence) fact.

    What’s the format that is failing to be recognised?
     
  19. Alexander Bisset

    Alexander Bisset Administrator Staff Member

    These are the current formats.

    private static readonly string US_CENSUS_1940_PATTERN = @"District *(\d{1,5}[AB]?-?\d{0,4}[AB]?).*?P(age)? *(\d{1,3}[ABCD]?).*?T627 ?,? *(\d{1,5}-?[AB]?)";
    private static readonly string US_CENSUS_1940_PATTERN2 = @"ED *(\d{1,5}[AB]?-?\d{0,4}[AB]?).*? *P(age)? *(\d{1,3}[ABCD]?).*?T627.*?roll ?(\d{1,5}-?[AB]?)";
    private static readonly string US_CENSUS_1940_PATTERN3 = @"1940 *(.*?)(Roll)? *T627_(.*?) *P(age)? *(\d{1,4}[ABCD]?) *ED *(\d{1,5}[AB]?-?\d{0,4}[AB]?)";
     
  20. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    I haven't dug deep enough to find the string used, but I create my GEDcom using FTM. I can always try to find it, but to be honest I'm unsure of how to do so. Previously to FTM, I add census details using Ancestry usually.
     

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