I get an error message
about Family Origins 7.0 is linked to COMCTL32.DLL and the program won't start
You need to update your copy of COMCTL32.DLL. Click
here to download an update program. Then run the downloaded program and follow the
instructions. Family Origins should then run fine.
What limits does Family Origins have on people, notes, etc?
The number of individuals, families, facts/events, sources, and notes are basically
unlimited (actually 2 billion of each). Each note is limited to 30,000 characters (about
12 pages each). Spouses per person, children per family, and sets of parents per
person are each limited to 200.
What does "Packing" my database do?
When you delete a person or family, Family Origins doesn't automatically reuse the space
in the database where the deleted record was. The "File, Pack database" command
will rearrange your data files (pack them) to reuse this empty space.
I just got a "CodeBase" error in Family Origins. What does it mean?
CodeBase is the database engine which Family Origins uses. If you get a CodeBase error, it
means that something may be wrong with your data. Each CodeBase error will also have a
negative number associated with it that tells what type of error occurred. If you receive
CodeBase error -40, or -120, you probably don't have enough free disk space to do whatever
function you were trying to do (like importing a GEDCOM file). Error -60 means Family
Origins couldn't open one of your files. This could either be because the file doesn't
exist, or because you are trying to open two copies of the database at the same time. Any
other error most likely indicates a corruption in your database. If this occurs, try the
1.Delete the FOWIN.INI (or FOWIN32.INI if using the Win95 version) file from your WINDOWS
2.Delete the xxxP.CDX data file (where xxx is the name you gave your database). For
example, if your database is named SMITH.FOW, delete the file named SMITHP.CDX.
3.Run Family Origins and open the database. This will rebuild all the indexes. Check if
this fixes the CodeBase problem.
4.If you still have problems, try exporting the database to a GEDCOM file, then importing
the GEDCOM file back into a new database. You may lose some information (like photo
links), but it should clean up any problems with CodeBase errors.
How do I enter unmarried parents?
Just use the "Add, Spouse" or "Add, Parents" command, but don't add a
marriage event when asked. It's just called Add "Spouse" for convenience
Family Origins won't assume they are actually married unless you add a marriage event.
How does Family Origins handle adopted children?
Family Origins gives the ability to allow a child to have more than one set of parents.
This allows you to track both the birth line and adoptive line for
this child. You can add an "Adoption" fact to the childs Edit Individual
dialog and specify which parents the child was actually adopted by.
How can I enter foreign characters with accents (diacritics)?
If you are only interested in entering accented characters like áàâéèëêôöõñç
etc., they can be entered with only two keystrokes in any Windows 95 program including FO.
To enter á, press ' followed by the letter a. To get a single ', you just follow it with
a space or by a letter for which it does not
BUT FIRST, you must do the following
Go to control panel
Then to keyboard
Then to the tab labeled language
It probably says Language: English (United States) and Layout: United States
Click on Properties and change the layout to United Stated-International
Now you will be able to enter accented characters as described above.
Click here to access another Family
Origins FAQ maintained by Bjorn Graabek.