Shortcuts for dates capture

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Several shortcuts are available in the year field for qualifying a date:

  • ?1912 “maybe in 1912”;
  • >1912 or 1912/ “after 1912”;
  • <1912 or /1912 “before 1912”;
  • /1912/ “about 1912”;
  • + “deceased” (unknown date);
  • - “alive”.

With templm

The following features are available with the templm template.


  • 1912// «about 1912 » (equivalent to /1912/).

Or, between, textual date

The following shortcuts are managed by templm in the year field of dates of individuals and families:

  • 1912/1913 « in 1912 or in 1913 » ;
  • 1912.1913 « between 1912 and 1913 » ;
  • texte replaces the date by the text provided.

The second date required for "or" and "between" may include days and month information:

  • 1 7 1912/1/8/1912 « july first or august first 1912 » ;
  • 7 1912.2/1913 « between july 1912 and february 1913 ».

Colmputation in the year field

Additions and substractions can be performed in the year field at capture time. For instance, to capture the birth year of a person "66 years old at the wedding of his daughter in 1846", one can enter 1846-66 which will be immediately translated into /1783/ when the field is exited.

Day and month capture, and verifications

If the day and month information is supplied as two digits (with possibly a leading "0"), then it is not necessary to "tab" into the next field. 04071776 will spread the correct information across the three fields. The fields are cleared after the capture if the date is not coherent (verification of 29/30/31 according to the month and bissextil years).

French Republican calendar

For the months of the republican calendar, abbreviations are VD, BR, FM, NI, PL, VT, GE, FL, PR, ME, TH, FT and JC or numbers from 1 for Vendémiaire (VD) to 13 for the complémentaire month (JC). Clicking on an empty month field and typing the first letter will propose the possible aletrnatives.

Note: use preferably the republican calendar form if the data you are proposed use it as GeneWeb will display also the gregorian equivalent, whereas determining a republican date from its gregorian value requires the use of the “calendar” function available on the welcome page.

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