It is possible to filter the contents of reports according to people, but it would seem not according to the contents of other fields (or lack of them). The sort of thing like 'list all people baptised in place XXX sorted by date'. Whichever way I try this, I gets lots of incomplete lines where one or other field is present, and reports running to 100+ pages.
I will have a go at exporting a report into Excel and then fine tuning the filter and sort there - having been pointed in the direction of how to do this.
The only fields that are present in the final Custom report are the column headers you create and the fields you add to the form and then they are presented sorted upon the fields you choose.
The only people that are included are either everyone in the database or some subselection of people:
When you first change <People to include:> in Report Settings screen to <Select from list>
- the Select People screen opens and then you can click <Mark group> button
-now choose <Select people by data fields> and configure the fields you want it to search in... ...for your criteria:
<Baptism> <place> <equals> some exact place name string (eg. city, county, state)
OR <Baptism> <place> <contains> some substring portion of a place name (eg. first word of county name)
OR <Baptism> <place details> <equals> some exact place details name string (eg. Calvary Baptist Church)
OR <Baptism> <place details> <contains> some substring portion of place details name (eg. Hospital)
All individuals in the database that match the criteria of your select statements become checkmarked and included in the report. Then, the Custom report criteria is extracted from that pool of data (ie. only given name, surname, birthdate, death date or whatever)