Birth "unknown date" feature
Posted 04 June 2004 - 03:27 PM
PLEASE do not require us to use it. I (and a number of others) was one of the folks who disliked the "Private" entry for privatizing information on living people, and I was very happy when you removed it and gave us a much better way of doing it. Now, you have in effect put it back in the form of this "unknown date" feature that we once again must use. PLEASE REMOVE IT in an early update to the software, or else make it optional.
Posted 07 June 2004 - 06:09 AM
Having said that and looking at RM2, I just can't see where it requires that "UNKNOWN" to be included when adding a birth. I've tried adding some test cases with unknown dates and nothing seems to be added as you have stated. I don't want to continue with RM2 if this is the case. I've used this software for many years and dearly love it but I just can't take all of those "UNKNOWNS" in my database. I've worked for months and months getting them out and I'm not finishd either. Please tell me more.
Posted 07 June 2004 - 07:28 AM
Posted 07 June 2004 - 08:24 AM
By the way, it's not when there are no facts, it's when there are no person facts that are directed to reports that this happens.
Posted 07 June 2004 - 09:36 AM
__ __ 1890
__ __ 18__
11 __ 18__
I thought the UNKNOWN was the only item in the date field that was frustrating. Now, I find another type that needs cleaning up. Of course, this entry doesn't sort properly either so I must clean up the date fields so the program can work properly. Grrrrr
Posted 07 June 2004 - 10:30 AM
There is nothing added to any field in the database.
If an individual in entered with no facts where the sentence structure uses His/Her name, then the name is use in narrative reports in that much hated line, (Which it is obvious to me, most of the complainers haven't been able to find.) "John Doe was born date unknown." It is only used to make sure that the name shows up and so the narrative report will not be worded:
John Doe and Jane Smith were married …”
Which caused nearly as much consternation in version 1.0.
If you see unknown in the date field, RootsMagic did not put it there.
As for the underline characters, or any other added characters in a date field, it is probably easiest to edit them out of the GEDCOM before importing them.
== If you want to get rid of this line so badly, then your suggestion on something of value as a replacement with might be in order. == (And, don’t say “Alfred’s Obituary )
Posted 02 July 2004 - 07:30 PM
Posted 11 July 2004 - 08:04 PM
Posted 15 July 2004 - 08:49 PM
When I send a report to family member, I like having a blank field for them to fill in and send back to me. I hate tring to decipher writing written around "date unknown".
Hence I enter my birthdates as this:
<Name> born "on _________" in "____________".
That way they only have to fill in the blanks. It makes it so much easier for both of us.
Posted 25 July 2004 - 07:54 AM
Posted 07 August 2004 - 04:44 PM
Posted 07 August 2004 - 05:55 PM
|QUOTE (Linda Sharp @ Aug 7 2004, 03:44 PM)|
|I like the unknown for the fact, you know just by looking what information you or others know that you still need. The only problem is you have to type it in over and over again, wish there was a short cut. Love my Roots Magic.|
As far as locations are concerned, what I type in is "an unknown location" and whenever I type the word "an" RM finishes it for me. As far as using Unknown for a date field, I also use "????" as the date and use <CTRL><C> to copy it to the Windows Clipboard. Then to reuse it later, simply press <CTRL><V> to paste it in the appropriate field. I also use sentence fragments which I've saved to disk as text files and then assemble them as needed for my notes fields.. You can also do the same thing for date fields and/or name fields. Saves a lot of typing.