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FAQs

Doesn't Research Guidance and the Time View give you the same information?
Can I limit the individuals analyzed?
I use a custom census event.  Will the program work?
Why would I want to exclude an individual for a specific year?
How is the Exclusion file created?
Does the program handle censuses for multiple countries?


Doesn't Research Guidance and the Time View give you the same information?  (return to top)

Yes.... for a specific individual. The program will do it for many individuals so you can see at a glance what is missing. The report is sortable so that you can group a family together and find all the 'missing' census events for a family. I have over 3200 individuals in my Legacy DB and this will do the analysis quickly. For the detailed US Census years (1850-1930) for my Legacy DB, the report contains just under 800 individuals. That means for that timeframe, there were about that number living for at least one of the census years.


Can I limit the individuals analyzed?  (return to top)

Yes, the program can analyze tagged individuals if you want. In Legacy, you could tag all the ancestors for a specific individual and then have the program only report on them. Tags 1 to 9 can be used.



I use a custom census event. Will the program work?  (return to top)

Version 1.1 (2010-01-29) will allow a user to specify which event is to be matched.


Why would I want to exclude an individual for a specific year?  (return to top)

There are multiple reasons:
  • The program only does the date matching by year.  If a person was born in the same year that a census was performed but after it, s/he would show up in the report as missing a Census event.  The match can't be done using the month because some of the earlier US censuses were done all year long and different parts of the country have different months.
  • You would want to exlude a person who died during a census year but before it was conducted.
  • If an individual was not rsiding in the country at the time of the census.  I have a great-grandfather that was born in Boston, was transferred by his company to Quebec, Canada for 12 years and then came back to Worcester.  He missed two US censuses while in Canada and shows up in one Canadian census.
  • If the individual never lived in the country that you are analyzing.


How is the Exclusion file created?  (return to top)

The program will do it for you. You just need to supply the name. If it exists, it will use it. If it doesn't, it will create it if you create an exclusion. As you find individuals that you want to exclude, double click on the year for that individual and the program will create the exclusion. The next time you run the program, the exclusion file will be read and any previous exclusions will be applied. If you don't create any exclusions, a file will not be created.  A name must be supplied on the input window just in case exclusions will be created.

Note:  If the exclusion file does not exist when you select 'Find' on the Input window, you will be asked if that is correct.  This is to verify that you have not mistyped the filename.  The warning message can be supressed.



Does the program handle censuses for multiple countries?  (return to top)

It is country independent. You specify the years that you want it to analyze and it will do those years. I have added buttons that will add the census years for some countries but you can do any year(s) you want.
You can use it for multiple countries in the same Legacy file. There is a feature to allow you to exclude individuals from the report for specific years. Thus if you were analyzing for the 1901 Canadian Census, you can exclude those that were living outside Canada at the time. Since many countries conducted censuses during the same year, the program allows you to specify a file name for the exclusion file. This would allow you to have a UK and a Canadian exclusion file and get usable reports for each country.
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