Census Finder‎ > ‎

Input Window

This is the window that is displayed when you first start the program.  This will allow you to specify the options to be used to create the report. When you select the 'Find' button, the inputs will be validated. When the inputs pass all of the validations, they will be saved in a file and used the next time the input window is displayed.

Legacy File

On the input window, you specify which Legacy file that you want to use for the report. You can browse for the Legacy File. The existence of this file will be verified and if not found, you will be required to specify an existing file before continuing.

Event to use

Select the event that you want to program to check for.  This will allow you to specify user created events.

Census Years

Specify the years that you want analyzed. They should be separated by commas and be between 1700 and today. You can specify up to 20 years.

You can manually enter the census years you want or use one of the buttons below the field which will fill in the years that census data is available for that country. You can modify the field after using a country button such as removing 1890 from the US Census list.

Exclusion File

The exclusion file is used to store the years that you want to exclude for an individual. You may need to exclude individuals because they were not in the country that you are working on for that particular year. Another reason to exclude a person is that they were born in the same year as a census but after it was completed. You may have more than one exclusion file for a single Legacy File. This is because you may check for missing census events for multiple countries which conducted a census for the same year. An example is that England and Canada both conducted a census in 1891. When you want to know which individuals are missing 1891 English census entries, you need an exclusion file that will eliminate those individuals that lived in Canada in 1891. When you do the 1891 Canadian analysis, you need a file that will eliminate those that did not live in Canada in 1891. You might consider naming your files so you know which countries census to use it with. An example for a US census exclusion file is 'c:\Legacy\Data\LegacyFile.Exclusions.USA.txt'.

You do not need to create different exclusion files for different census years. If you have created an exclusion for an individual for a year that you are not reporting on, the program will ignore it.

If the exclusion file you specify does not exist, it will be created if you create any exclusions. You will be asked when you press the 'Find' button if that is what you want. This is to ensure that you did not accidentally mis-type the file name.  You can supress the warning message by selecting the 'Don't warn if the file doesn't exist' box.

You can place the exclusion files anywhere you want on your system. It is recommended that you place it in the same folder as your Legacy File since the 'browse' button will open that folder up as your starting point for finding a file.

If you do not specify a path for the file, it will be created/opened from the same folder that this programis executed from.

Exclusion file backup:  You can have a backup copy of the exclusion file created.  If you check the 'Backup eclusion files before updating it', the program will make a copy before updating the file if any new exclusions were craeted.  The backup file will be in the same folder as the exlusion file and will have '.bkup yyy-mm-dd hhmm' added to the file name.  To use a backup file, you can just select it in the input window or delete the original and rename the backup.


You can specify which individuals in your Legacy File to be analyzed. By selecting the 'All individuals' button, all individuals in the Legacy File will be analyzed. In Legacy, you can tag individuals. On the Census Finder Options window you can then select the 'Individuals with tag' and specify the tag of the individuals you want to analyze.  This could allow you to limit the analysis to a single geographic region such as a state or two. You could also tag all of the ancestors of an individual and have the Census Finder program analyze them.


The following are the options that can be selected on the input window:
  • Use christening date if no birth date - If the individual's birth date is not specified, use the christening date if it is specified.
  • Use buried date if no death date - If the individual's death date is not specified, use the buried date if it is specified.
  • Life span (in years) to use if no birth/christening or death/buried date - If the individuals birth\christening or death\buried date is not specified, life span will be used to calculate the missing date. The life span must be between 25 and 125 inclusive.
  • If female and married, show married names - include the last names of all husbands if married.

The following buttons are on the input window:
  • Help - Display the Help window
  • About - Information about Census Finder.
  • Cancel - Exit Census Finder (inputs not saved)
  • Find - Find the requested individuals (inputs saved)