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  1. familyman2

    familyman2 Thread Starter

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    I have recently downloaded some blank census forms ,from Ancestry, which are in pdf format.

    My intention was to extract data from the census relevant to my ancestors and fill in the blank forms and store on my hard drive, rather than print the form fill in by hand and keep a hard copy. However I cannot type any data onto the form as I suspect the form may be protected.

    I downloaded a trial version of abode acrobat pro but I wasn't able to do what I wanted. The nearest I came to it was by using the "typewriter" tool. But this was rather long winded as I had to open the tool , type in the information in the relevant field and reopen the tool before I could type in the next field (unless I was doing something wrong).

    Is there any way I can unlock the files to be able to type in the relevant fields.

    The forms can be found here http://www.ancestry.co.uk/charts/ukcensus.aspx

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

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    Does the site want you to pay for the form first or is it supposed to be all free to take and modify?
     
  3. Rollin_Again

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    Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0 allows you to run the Form Field Recognition tool and it will automatically create fillable fields. I tried on one of the forms on the site and it creates all the fields except for the Age/Sex and Where Born columns. You can still manually add those fields


    Regards,
    Rollin
     
  4. familyman2

    familyman2 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the info
     
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