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From: "Shelley French" <>
Subject: Identification of living people
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 18:06:44 +1000
Here's the next question of my series.
I hide details for living people when I export as a matter of routine.
However, I have a number of people five or six generations back for whom I
have no birth or death date. Some are of interest to me, some not. Given
that the automatic suppression of living people only works on birth and
death dates, and the living flag only operates as an over-ride to hide
details for additional people, it appears that we are expected to put in
estimated dates for all those other people.
While I appreciate that an estimated date could be a useful thing, I don't
want to use them. The initial workload would be too big, as there are too
many people who I only have slight interest in, and each time I found a new
detail I would then have to make flow on changes to a bunch of other people.
I'm also uncomfortable with how the timeline charts show estimated data -
just the same as if it was based on something more solid.
Is there some other way around it? And are there any plans on the drawing
board to introduce a more sophisticated way of automatically identifying
living people? Eg, if a child is born in 1800, the parents are probably not
alive today etc. Or automatic estimated dates that can be turned on and off
- now that would be something!!
More questions later.