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From: Robin Lamacraft <>
Subject: RE: RE: [TMG] Methods-Dates: How do you handle Unknown Dates?
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 09:17:26 +1030
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In-Reply-To: <000c01c50976$9b6510d0$6501a8c0@LindaHome>

At 16:28 2/02/2005 -0600, Linda wrote:
>Robin, that idea intrigues me. Do you allow it to be the primary birth
>tag or do you force it to secondary status?


I usually make it primary until I have better Primary data (but I don't
delete it as it helps to review the way that you estimate such dates - from
birth of their children or a record of a marriage). By making it primary
the age column gives you more insight into that estimate and other events
in that person's life.

In fact, a more general concept that I use is "create a custom tag in the
appropriate group for any additions that you make to your data to help your
analysis". For example, I have many records of birth from the index of
registrations at the UK PRO (now the UK National Archives). These only give
the Quarter and District of registration, so I created a "Birth-Indx" tag
in the Birth Group as a way of entering this data without it being confused
with "real" birth data. It provides a "mark in the sand" that helps
building the picture. So again I can filter for these when I want to
understand what needs to be followed up.


> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robin Lamacraft [mailto:]
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 4:09 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: RE: [TMG] Methods-Dates: How do you handle Unknown Dates?
> >
> > A refinement of Bob Gillis's method.
> >
> > I have created a custom Birth-group tag "Birth-Est". Now I enter the
> > date in that when I have no direct evidence of a date. That means that
> > can always filter for these"Birth-Est" tags and know that on the
> > View that the date has been estimated from some other data.
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