The use of diacritics and/or foreign characters in genealogy programs

Most genealogy computer programs do not have the possibility to insert diacritics and/or foreign characters, if you do not have them on your computer keyboard.

If you have ancestors from non-English speaking countries and you find diacritics or foreign characters in the family names, you may use the ASCII code to insert these characters into your genealogy computer program.

Lucky if you use the PAF-program or one of the modern genealogical programs on the market. You can download the PAF-program for free from the                     LDS-church webpage.

In the PAF-program you press the F7 key and choose your character you need for your records.

If you still use an older version of a genealogy computer program you should use the above mentioned ASCII code.

Following a list with the most common foreign characters (for the input as ASCII code).

Please be aware that not all characters are possible to input with the ASCII code.

To input a character, press the Alt-key, and type the decimal number on the 10-key pad. Make sure the NumLock key is on.

 

Character

Number

Character

Number

Character

Number

0196

0208

0214

0228

0240

0246

0192

0209

0216

0224

0241

0248

0193

0204

0217

0225

0236

0249

0194

0205

0218

0226

0237

0250

0195

0206

0219

0227

0238

0251

0197

0207

0220

0229

0239

0252

0198

0223

0221

145

0138

0159

0199

0154

0255

0231

0210

0142

155

0242

0158

0200

0211

‎‎

0222

0232

0243

0161

0201

0212

168

0233

0244

156

0202

0213

157

0234

0245

159

0203

0140

$

0036

0235

0156

&

0038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If you researching in the German speaking countries, you can interchange the German
 Umlaut-letters in your data base the following way:
  = ae
  = oe
  = ue
 
 The German letter "" you may interchange wit "ss"


 

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