Is the syntax you've used something you can input, as you've written it, into Roots Magic, or is it a symbolic representation of the search facility I've used. The one I've used is the one you find if you click on Reports, then you choose Custom Reports.
Thank you for your ideas. I didn't know about People View. Using it I was able to achieve my goal. Thanks!
I have one question though. I don't understand this notation: Death>Exists>Is True? I don't really need to understand it, inasmuch as I've achieved what I set out to do, but I'd be interested in knowing how to interpret it.
Until this facility exists, I found a work-around. I created an alternate name for myself, with a blank surname, and a first name of AAAA- followed by my entire name. This way the alternate name appears at the top of the person list, and it's easy to check off as "Person 2" when doing the relationship chart. Not everyone will like it, but it works for me.