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Re: Putting events in order
Posted by: Pierce Reid Date: November 25, 1999 at 05:56:09
In Reply to: Re: Putting events in order by Maggie Kitts of 11492

Christine,
Maggie wrote:
>On the left half of the page, look for the box labeled sort date. Enter a marriage date that would/could be correct. ex: for 3
April 1932, enter 03/04/1932.

There is a simpler method of ensuring both the structured date (used in some reports) and sort date are correct. If you have a free form date in a reasonable format, when you open the event, your cursor is at the beginning of this date field. Type a space at the beginning, and press the Tab key. Check the other two date fields have been filled in correctly, and then press Shift-Tab. The cursor will jump back to the beginning of the free form date field and you can press Delete to remove that extra space. The job is done, and done correctly.

If you don't have information to put in the free form date, you can just enter your guess in the sort date field - I generally use '01/01/yyyy' so I don't have to worry about which is the month or day fields. Just choose dates that produce the order you want, since they are never printed.

Alternately, you could put an estimated date in the free form date field if you think you would find it useful in printed reports or other displays. For example, use "est 1820 (based on marriage date)" for a birth date, if you know the person's marriage date. Then press Tab to make sure the other date fields are set. You will note the structured date field will also show "EST" in the date modifier field, so you will know that this is just a guess when you see it elsewhere.

Pierce Reid

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