Personal Ancestry Writer II v74 has been released.
• “Tagging People with a Date” (as well as finding Birth/Baptism, Marriage/Intention and Death/Burial dates in “Tag by Matching”) has been corrected for tagging people within ranges of years with a month (and any day) specified. Also, “Tagging People with a Date” now asks for which events are to be searched for the date, so the tagging can be limited to one or more (or all) of the events Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Burial.
• For example, tagging people whose birth dates are specified to fall in “APR BETWEEN 1861 AND 1865″ will now just tag people whose birth years fall inclusively between 1861 and 1865 and whose birth month was April. Using “15 APR BETWEEN 1861 AND 1865″ will narrow the tagging further to people whose birthday falls on just 15 April between those years.
• To enable this feature, it was necessary to disallow entry of the date modifiers About, Before and After with any range of years. (The modifier SAY/EST is allowed and treated as no modifier.) Unfortunately, the semantics of an entry such as “AFT 15 APR BETWEEN 1861 AND 1865″ cannot be reasonably programmed at this time even though its meaing is clear.
• To check for and correct any previous entries that have About, Before or After ranges of years, a new entry has been made in the list of possible problems (generated with command-L) titled “PEOPLE (or COUPLES) WITH A MODIFIED RANGE OF YEARS (NOT ALLOWED).”
• “Tagging People with a Place Containing” also now asks for which events are to be searched for the place name. So here too the tagging can be limited to one or more (or all) of the events Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Burial.
• A new menu item has been added, “File menu > Write Text > Events for Tagged People.” Choosing this menu item generates a tab-delimited text file containing selected events for tagged people. As with “Tagging People with a Date,” the user is asked for which events are to be included.
• This tab-delimited text file should be imported into a spreadsheet program such as AppleWorks, Numbers or Excel. Each record in the text file will become a row in the spreadsheet. The columns contain from left to right: the person’s name, gender, the event type, any date modifier (e.g., about, say), any date (in the year-month-day format 1861-04-15, enclosed in quotes), ending year for any range (enclosed in quotes), any place qualifier (e.g., probably, of), any place (in the format state/country, county/province, town/parish, minor locale), whether adopted, any father’s name, any mother’s name and any partner’s name (for a marriage event).
• Using spreadsheet capabilites, the rows can be sorted on any column(s). The dates are enclosed in quotes to force proper textual sorting (each component of a date is zero-filled if necessary). The ordering within places from largest locale to smallest locale ensures related locales fall together.
• Innumerable analyses can be performed on events thus extracted from a PAWriter file and imported into a spreadsheet. One simple example suggested by user Charles: “Tag People with a Date” after 1916, including only birth events. “Write Text > Events for Tagged People” including only birth events.
• Import the file into a spreadsheet. Sort the spreadsheet ascending on the date column. Now the spreadsheet contains birth dates of people up to 100 years old (as of 2007), ordered from earliest to latest birth date.
• The Reference Guide topic “Tag People with a Date,” “Tag People with a Place Containing” and the Possible Problems Appendix were updated to reflect these changes. The topic “Write Text > Events for Tagged People” was added to the Reference Guide.
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