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#1 ricko2001

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Posted 22 August 2020 - 09:40 PM

 
 
Most of the FamilySearch people I connect with are German and are entered and maintained by German speaking FS users. The dates and place names are in German.
 
When I copy a fact from FS to RM, the date is entered into RM as the German language form. RM treats most of them as irregular.
 
I'm hoping RM v8 may handle this better. In the mean time, is there any way to convert the irregular dates into normally formatted RM dates?


#2 robertjacobs0

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 08:30 AM

Unfortunately neither "search & replace" nor "find everywhere" look at the date field. You may have to do the translations one by one. Can you give an example of the FS format that doesn't convert to a regularly formatted date?



#3 ricko2001

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 12:26 PM

Here are examples for all the months-

 

These are not recognized-

4. Januar 1900
4. Februar 1900
4. März 1900
4. Mai 1900
4. Juni 1900
4. Juli 1900
4. Oktober 1900
4. Dezember 1900
 
Also not recognized are date modifiers, like-
vor, um, nach
 
These are recognized and entered as regular dates as expected.
4. April 1900
4. August 1900
4. September 1900
4. November 1900
 
The same problem holds true for the sort date.
 
I expected to do the translations one by one.The problem is finding the problem dates in the database.
 
Perhaps I can sort on dates and have the irregular dates sorted to the top or bottom??
 
I'll look at the database with a sqlite viewer and see what I can see..


#4 ricko2001

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 05:44 PM

I found a method to fix the date.

The Events table contains the dates. All irregular dates start with a "T", 

I copied a list of record IDs that have bad dates and now I'll go thru them making the fixes.

 

Luckily, I rarely enter irregular dates intentionally, so almost all were due to the FamilySearch issue.



#5 Renee Zamora

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Posted 24 August 2020 - 09:48 AM

The Fact List report using "Facts with text dates" will also help you find them. 


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#6 ricko2001

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Posted 24 August 2020 - 10:31 AM

YES !

Thank you Renee. 

That is the report I was looking for. 



#7 ricko2001

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Posted 27 August 2020 - 11:12 PM

Now the question is whether RM will support matching dates in non-english languages.

 

I can now find the problems using the report, but I still need to find each text date and fix it.



#8 Jerry Bryan

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 07:07 AM

When/if RM ever truly supports non-English languages, there will be much to consider - including birth names and immigrant names in different languages and alphabets, place names in different languages and alphabets, sentence and source templates (especially prepositions) in different languages and alphabets, and place names in different languages and alphabets.

 

Jerry