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From: "Jill Morelli" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Filter help, please
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 07:55:57 -0400
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Thanks, but your suggestion still didn't seem to work:

1. any event any place field equals Ost Friesland and
2. any event DATE <= * 1717 and
3. Sex = M End

* "does not come after"

This filter still resulted in numerous folks with dates which start after 1717 and are in some way qualified. It also includes people based on a qualified (circa, before etc.) sort date when the primary date field for a tag is empty. Is this right?

Can this be more precise or is this the "problem" with before and circa?

----- Original Message -----
From: Allen Mellen
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2003 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TMG] Filter help, please

Jill Morelli wrote:

>I wish to find all males who lived in a certain area (Ost Friesland) on or
>before 1717.
>I have made a three sentence filter:
>1. any event any place field = Ost Friesland and
>2. any event year < 1717 and
>3. SEX = M end
>I keep getting mostly (but not all) folks who lived in the 1800's.
>Any help? What am I doing wrong?

The filter subfield year behaves in what some might consider a peculiar
manner. I suspect you will find that the 19th century people who the
filter turns up have events with "before" dates. See page 173 of Getting
the Most Out of The Master Genealogist for a discussion of this point.
If you change "year" in the second sentence to "date" you should get the
results you expect.


Allen Mellen -- New York, NY and Heart Lake, Susquehanna County, PA
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