Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:49 AM
I can't tell from your post what steps or search filters you entered.
The Custom report is different from the Missing information list report or the Fact list report. In those reports, the fact part of the search criteria is already narrowed to persons linked to the Death fact. For the Custom report, you have to do that yourself as you need to do with a Named Group.
Create Custom report with Name, Record number, Death date and Death Place as fields. I would add Death [description] and Death note to the fields to show more data. And if you use Place details, add that to the fields.
Now, we need to narrow it down to who.we want in the report.
Choosing Everyone from the People to include menu will print those fields for everyone in the database.
Say, I am wanting only people with the Death fact linked and either the Death date or Death place blank. The same as the other reports give you without having to enter a search criteria for it.
Choose Select from list.
Select people by data fields.
Death, date, is blank
OR, Death, place, is blank
Clear people by data fields:
Death, exists, is False
Generate the report to make sure the search criteria you entered worked as you expected.
If you then want to check the Living flags, click on settings.
Clear the search filters.
Enter Living flag, is False.
This will give you the people who match your other criteria who also have the Living flag checked.
The living flag is unchecked on the Edit person screen whenever a Death fact is linked, So unmarking the Death fact for Living flag is False may give you an empty report. as this unmarks anyone with the Living flag unchecked
If you have somehow checked the Living flag for people with a Death fact, you may get people in the report as I just did somewhat to my surprise. So, I am going to create a Group and check all the people with a Death fact.
Selecting Everyone in the database on the Mark group screen marks all the people in the database. Selecting Everyone in the database on the Unmark group screen, clears all the people in the database including the people you just marked.
I would use a Group instead of a report also.
I have created a Research log for Search criteria with different searches like this one as Research items. This is being very helpful as I then don't have to think about how to do that search every time I want to use it.