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From: bob gillis <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] 5.04 Principal v. Role
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 07:52:53 -0500
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"James P. Colgate" wrote:
> And I disagree with only entering the sort date field and leaving the date
> field empty. The reason has nothing to do with saving keystrokes, but has
> to do with preserving information. I guess I should explain. I may not
> want the burial date to show in my reports, but if I know the date of
> burial, there are two reasons why I want it in the date field:
> 1) I don't want to loose that bit of data, and
> 2) I may later change my mind about printing burial dates
> So I think I may modify my default burial sentence to exclude the date -->
I have entered many burials from cemetery compilations. If the
compilation says buried on a certain date and I do not have a death
date, I add a death date of before burial date so I have a death tag.
In the older versions of TMG, if there was no death tag but there was a
burial tag, the burial date was used as a death date. I guess I could
add a Burial Tag in the Death Group for those few cases.
If I have say an obituary that gives the date of burial and the
Cemetery, the I may use my Bur-Date Tag.
> but I have to think about this. Because a sentence like:
> "He was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY"
> reads well to me. But if I do not know the location, but instead know only
> the date, then the sentence becomes:
> "He was buried".
> which does not cut it in my book. So I'll have to think about this one.
As Stuart Armstrong says that is very rare and I do not think I have any
burial dates without a burial place. If I did I could enter the date
and put - in front of the sentence. However I think I would just not
enter it as I don't consider it a significant date. 99-44/100% of the
time I do not know the burial date.