Until now, I’ve been entering census data using events: specify the date & place, type basic info (e.g. “John 52 builder London, Mary wife 48 domestic duties Essex”, etc.) into the description, copy the EventID, and share with each other person listed. Not very structured, but it works.
Today I thought I’d bite the bullet and try the Forms gramplet, as that should at least make the ‘share to each person’ stage easier. So I entered data for one simple form (just 2 people). It shows up in each person’s list of events, as expected, with a single ID. But whereas at
https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php/Form_Addons I see …
Using a Form doesn’t mean creating data that can only be accessed with the Form tool. You can forego using the Form Gramplet at any time but still see and edit the data that was entered.
… it took me ages to discover where I can see that data other than by going back into the People view, Forms tab underneath, double-click the source. After searching through Events, Sources, Citations, etc. and clicking through Attributes, Citations, References, etc. each time I saw the form/event listed (in vain), just now I’ve found I can also see it - or part of it - by editing an individual (I tend to work within Relationships rather than anywhere else), double-clicking the Census event, and then looking for Attributes in the top window (Reference information) not Attributes in the bottom bit (Shared information). That seems to be the only place.
But I can’t compare what’s been entered for 2+ people (trying to do so generates the error ‘Cannot edit this reference - already being edited’)… unless I go back to the gramplet (as above: People view, Forms tab underneath, double-click the source). Nor can I see basic info half as easily as I could before, when it was all in the event’s Description - and nor can I copy all the info at once (e.g. to paste into an email) - Ctrl-A or click-drag or Shift-Click etc. all fail.
So I’m tempted to go back to my primitive ‘type it all into the Description’ method. Am I missing something?
(Gramps 5.1.2, Win10)