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Family Scrapbook Genealogy Software by Chris Long


The author Chris Long has disappeared, and no-one has be able to find him since 1999, he has not responded to email, mail, or phone and his web site has been removed by the ISP.

I suggest, that if you are wanting help with the program, ask your mates as there has been no contact with Chris and doesn't appear that he will respond to support calls.

Like a lot of other people, I was a user of FSB, but I suggest you look for another program and convert as soon as possible. I have started using Legacy 5.0 Family Tree. The import was almost painless, a few trial GEDCOM exports and imports and appropriate modifying of the GEDCOM files.

The programs Y2K status is unknown, except that some users have reported that it stopped working as a result of the 9/9/99 bug. The only way out would be to set the date back, and then run the program until you have all the data in a new program. Its looking worse all the time.

The best way to export your data is to use the GEDCOM facilities.  Most programs will import a GEDCOM file, but some don't import quite the same as FSB exports.  The good news it that GEDCOM files are text files and they can be edited once you understand the structure of the file.

If you export a common set of data from the new program and from FSB and then have a look at the format, you should see pretty much the same layout, if you don't then you can see the differences and modify the FSB exported data to match the format of the new program and import all of your data correctly.


Runtime Error 200

The Family Scrapbook program does not run on fast PC's above Intel Pentium II/400 or the Intel Celeron 400 CPU's, it returns a Turbo Pascal Runtime Error 200. We now know what that is... and there is a patch for it. It does run on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and with the patch applied, on all processors.

You can download the patcher fsbpatch.zip (28290 bytes) from here. I have tested the patch programs, but I would still urge you to BACKUP ALL of the FSB files and Your Precious DATA before you patch the files. If you find that it is not working, please let me know.

Special thanks to Gordon Pierce for finding the solution for FSB Users.

If you are not confident to run the patch fix, I have patched the FSB 3.10 files and you can download fsball.zip (947072 bytes) from here. It contains only the patched executable files. Please make a full backup of your FSB and DATA before you use these files. Again you do so at your own risk, We accept no liability whatsoever, we make no guarantees either.

For owners of FSB 2.02, Mike Barnhart has patched the FSB 2.02 files and sent them to me, you can download 202exe.zip (666664 bytes) from here. It contains only the patched executable files. Please make a full backup of your FSB and DATA before you use these files. Again you do so at your own risk, We accept no liability whatsoever, we make no guarantees either.

All of the files have been virus checked with the latest version of Norton's Antivirus 2001.

If you try to run the Setup program for FSB 3.10, it will also suffer from the Runtime Error 200, so it too will have to be patched and the files fixed, this is however a much more complicated project, because it is inside a compressed package (ouch!). The compressed package was created by some type of unknown installer program. If there is a need maybe someone will look at it.


Correspondence with Chris Long

No-one has had any luck locating Chris since 1999.

Last known contact details:

Visionary Endeavors
P.O. Box 330439
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233-0439

Phone: 904-247-0062
Fidonet address: 1:112/10
Compuserve addr: 76500,2073
BBS: 904-249-9515 1200-28.8k
Internet: vesd@southeast.net

FSB Support - There ain't any

Please do not email support questions to me, I won't be answering them as I can't help you anyway.


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