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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 reports. 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.

Note: If you use the 'Browse' button, the events in the 'Events to Match' box will be set to the first two events found in the Legacy File. This has to be done since you have the ability to add events and this ensures that the listed events exist in the new file.

Events to Match

Specify the events that you want to match. The first will be searched for. If one is found for an individual, the program will determine if the second exists for the same individual for the same year.

The specified events must be different.

Who to Analyze

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. The Tag 1, Tag 2, and Tag 3 buttons will limit the analysis to those individuals tagged in Legacy with 1, 2 or 3 tags respectively. 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 Event Matcher program analyze them.

Analysis Options

The following are the options that can be selected on the input window:

  • By years - Specify the years that the program will analyze. Only the events between the Start and End Year inclusive will be analyzed. An example for using this option is the census-occupation event match. In the US, the census started in 1780 but occupations weren't listed until the 1850 census. Specifying a 1850 start year and 2000 end year would be good for a US Census analysis.

  • By age - You can specify that the match only happen for individuals between the ages (inclusive) specified. This would allow you to eliminate those too young or too old to work. If they are younger than the 'Youngest' or older than 'Oldest' at the time of the event, the event will be moved to the 'Age Excluded' report.

  • By gender - You can specify which gender should be included in the analysis. This could allow you to eliminate females since many have 'Keeping house' listed as their occupation if they have anything. If you eliminate a gender, those events will be moved to the 'Gender Excluded' report.

Exclusion File

Supply a file name that will be used to store user exclusions. You do not need to create the file. The program will create it if it doesn't exist and there are exclusions.

The exclusion file is used to store the years that you want to exclude for an individual. You may need to exclude individuals because the corresponding event may not exist. An example is for the census - occupation match. The occupation was not always listed so you will have a census event but no occupation one. By excluding the individual, that year will be moved from the 'No Matches' report to the 'User excluded' report.

You may have more that one exclusion file for a single Legacy File. If you use the Event Matcher program to report different event matches, you should have exclusion files for each pair. You might consider naming your files so you know which match to use it with. An example for a census-occupation exclusion file is 'C:\Legacy\Data\Census-Occupation.txt'.

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 'Analyze' button if that is what you want. This is to ensure that you did not accidentally mis-type the file name. This warning can be eliminated by checking the "Don't warn if file does not 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 program is executed from.


The following buttons are on the input window:

  • Help - Display the Help window
  • About - Information about Event Matcher.
  • Quit - Exit Event Matcher (inputs not saved)
  • Analyze - Find the requested individuals (inputs saved)