in Public Records
1, 2004 - by Laurel
you live in Dull Street but found that life is anything but dull? Is your
lastname the same as half the neighbours' ? Do not fear, because there
exists a tool for changing local street names and even family names! Guest
writer Laurel Norton tells you how.
Askansia region, people had gotten tired of having the same street names
in every neighborhood. Sure, it made it easy to find an address when
in a strange neighborhood but most people wanted more individuality for
their hoods. After decades of petitioning, the Bureau of Public
Affairs and Records finally agreed to alllowing each hood in the region
to decide for themselves how they wanted their streets named and agreed
to make the necessary changes in Public Records and issue new street signs.
change in procedures involves family names. Although it has been
possbile for years for an individual to ask to have their first name changed,
the Bureau has refused to change family names due to the greater difficulty.
With the development of the new procedure they have now agreed to allow
this. The first in this area to take advantage of this are the members
of the Dogsbreath family. Descendents of the Kukutkikettle Clan of
the First People, they were given the name Dogsbreath by pioneering families
of the Second People who found their
name too difficult to pronounce. (I suspect a considerable amount of
was also involved.) In succeeding generations this family has
much taunting due to their name causing many to marry out of the family
to escape it. Now all the surviving members plus many who have married
out wish to change their name to a simplified version of the original.
They will now all be known as the Kettle families.
both these procedures require using a special program to change
the records the Bureau has decided to share the procedure they use with
any other areas who are interested.
will need a program called IffPencil 2. This may be obtained from
Sims Resource Workshop.
find the records folder for the neighborhood for which you wish to change
street names or the name of a family. This will be called UserData,
UserData2, etc. depending on the location of the neighborhood in your area.
Before making any changes back up the file you wish to work on and store
the copy in a safe place.
IffPencil 2, open the file called StreetNames.iff. You will
see two entries in the window on the right. Double click on the one
called street names. A window will pop up giving the current names
of all the streets in the hood. Select the first name you wish to
change. Two boxes will brighten at the bottom of the window. In the
box containing the street name, change the text as desired. Do not alter
the %. Do nothing in box at bottom. When all street names
that you wish to change have been done, click OK Now go to
the file menu and click save. Then close iff pencil.
sign production will be automatically initiated and postal employees, car
pool and bus drivers, etc will begin using the new addresses immediately.
Within a short time all residents and visitors to the neighborhood will
be able to view the new signs.
IffPencil2 open the neighborhood.iff file. (Don't forget to
backup this file before making any changes.)
the left hand box, select FAMs. (The number you see next to
this tells you how many families are listed in your neighborhood.
Families who live downtown, on Vacation Island, Studio Town and Magic town
are also listed here.)
the right hand box you will now see a list of numbers representing files
on each family. Neighborhood families are listed first but
are otherwise in somewhat random order.
will have to leaf through the files to find the family whose name is to
be changed. The #0 file is a default file and can be skipped.
click on #1. This will bring up a window showing the family's name.
If this is not the family you want, click cancel and try #2.
until you find the family you want. When you have located the family,
click on the family name. The editing box at the bottom will brighten
and you can change the name. Click OK.
the file menu, click save.
Iffpencil. All of the family's records will now be under their new
more information you may contact the Bureau of Public Affairs and Records
at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself, see top of page.