Automatic searching the newly live Lives of First World War site
Family Tree Analzyer ( http://ftanalyzer.codeplex.com ) is a program that analyses your tree. A new feature allows you to view all the males of First World War fighting age in your tree. Simply shift double click to then automatically search newly live Lives of First World War site.
It really is very simple. From the website above click once to install and run the program. Then simply open a GEDCOM file of your tree and click on the War Dead report. Shift clicking on a any candidate male in the report will then automatically search Lives of the First World War website for a match.
NB. it does a whole lot better at matching if you have already recorded a service number using a Military ID tag in your GEDCOM.
There are of course lots and lots of other features in the program this is just one of them.
Feedback on any issues you encounter using this automated searching is most welcome at https://ftanalyzer.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic
We’ve marked this as completed so everyone who voted for this can get their votes back – thanks Alexander for building this!
You're absolutely right Alexander, and Luke and I are both keen to foster creativity and fresh thinking towards Lives, wherever it comes from. There's only so much we can achieve per sprint, and how much time we can devote to more blue sky items, as it were.
Sadly Apples attitude to developers is "use our development environment or it won't work", in order to write the program for a Mac I'd need to buy Mac, since they are very expensive and would give me no significant benefits over using a PC, I've not bought one.
The other possibility was using Mono framework however on using a tool to test compatibilities there were lots of issues as features that use the web, ie: auto searching of Lives of the First World War, Ancestry, FindMyPast, etc plus the Mapping features all rely on a web connection which isn't available in the Mono conversion tools. Thus lots of features wouldn't work. Plus I would have no way of replicating any bugs as back to the first point I don't have a Mac to test it on.
There are plenty of Mac users of the software however they are using things like Parallels to run a windows session or emulator, then they run the program on that. I'm told that works very well.
Keith Venables commented
And what about us Mac users!
Thanks for the feedback Matt. I'd spoken to Luke at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014, to make sure it was ok to link to the site in this way and he was enthusiastic about the idea.
If the program can make it easier for users to search the site for men that are likely candidates it will hopefully mean they can find and enter more information.
Thus the users win by realising who they should look for and possibly by finding information from sources they haven't previously thought to look at about the people in their tree. Also the site wins by getting more stories and facts added.
Hi Alexander, good work this, thanks for sharing. I'm impressed with its speed and how for some people with massive gedcoms this would be an excellent jumping in point.
Sorry I said click on the War Dead report above, that should have said click on the "World Wars" report tab. This was previously setup to search for those that died in the wars on sites such as CWGC and was called War Dead. With Lives of First World War it made sense to change it to search for any man of fighting age so the tab was renamed World Wars.