Contents of the READ.ME file
3.x to 4.x
If you are upgrading from PARENTS 3.0 to 4.0, the software will
detect that the data files need to be converted. The data conversion
between the 3.0 format and the 4.0 format is only minor and will not cause
any data loss or the need to make any manual modifications.
2.x TO 4.x
In order to implement some of the new features of PARENTS, the
database format had to be changed. Some of the changes that made the data
conversion necessary were the additions of the SURNAME field to the
Individual Worksheet and the ability to store date and place data for
multiple marriages. As a result of these changes, the 2.x or earlier data
files are not directly compatible with PARENTS 4.0.
The first time that you start PARENTS 4.0, the software will detect
that the datafiles are from an earlier version and present you with the
option to convert the data files or exit the software. Before making the
conversion, you should make a backup copy of all of the .DB and .IDX files.
The conversion process will also make a backup copy of the original 2.x
files under another name.
Once the conversion has been completed, it is up to you to make some
slight modifications to the data that the data conversion process was unable
to make. These modifications include splitting the name field into Surname
and Name. Since PARENTS cannot accurately split the name into Surname and
Name, it is up to the you to make this change.