Friday, April 4, 2014

Update to Family Group Sheet Fillable Form

I've had a reader of this blog report a problem. You can't enter a date earlier than 1910 in the form. I've mostly used the form to collect information for and about living people or recently deceased people...most of whom were born after 1910. Therefore, I've never run into the problem.

To get around the problem, I've updated the form. I've turned the date fields into plain text fields so that anyone filling in the form can type the dates in any format. I've added a suggested format (DDMonthYYYY) to the first field; however, I placed no restriction on the field so that other date formats are possible.

In addition, I've added the form to my OneDrive account as a public download. OneDrive is the rebranded SkyDrive account. You should be able to use the SkyDrive download instructions if you need help (http://technology-tamers.blogspot.com/2013/03/fillable-family-group-sheet.html).

Click here to get the latest copy of the family group sheet form.

Here is the full address to the form: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=E8AA5BE5FEB18E27!493&authkey=!ADugQArUckqvDs4&ithint=file%2c.docx

As usual, the form is protected. After you download the form, use the password form to unprotect and edit the form. Remember to start protections again after editing.

If you've been wondering where I've been, it's been a busy time for me.
Aug 2013 Lost my job
Sep 2013 Moved my mother from New Orleans to my home in Florida
Oct, Nov, Dec 2013 Looked for job and got my mother's paperwork done
Jan, Feb 2014 Looked for job...visited every discount mall in Florida with my mother
Mar 2014 Landed a part-time contact job
Apr 2014 Started working again

I'm settling back in. I stand to learn new things at the new job. You always learn new things on each job. So perhaps I'll find more to write about on this blog. In the meantime, please report any problems you run into. I'm sometimes slow, but I do eventually find a bit of time to answer questions.

P.S. Tested the links and maybe you won't use the SkyDrive instructions to download the form. I'm not sure what you'll see. So, if you have problems downloading, please post a comment and I'll do my best to provide an answer.

5 comments:

  1. Pam,you are so generous to think of us who reads your blog ! Sounds like you did have a busy year. Good luck on new job .

    Magda

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    1. Hi Magda--Thank you for your kind note. I do try to remember what I post and follow up when I can. I'm glad that so many people seem to find this blog helpful. That was the point of creating it.

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  2. Thank you for providing this great fillable form. I have one question, how do I remove the shading in the form fields? I'm preparing for a genealogy field trip out of state and will be using this form to help keep my thoughts straight. I need to print the forms out but the shading in the fields does stays.

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  3. I submitted a comment about the shading but I figured it out. I need to click the field, type and tab out to remove the shading. So nevermind :)

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    1. Dear Anonymous--The most recent post will tell you how to turn off the field shading. Here's the link: http://technology-tamers.blogspot.com/2014/08/family-group-sheet-fillable-form-and.html.

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