The date makes it possible to locate in time any genealogical event: birth, death, marriage, diploma, residence, etc.

In Ancestris, the date can be entered and displayed in different ways because it is set in a given calendar and can be more or less precise.


Enter dates

In Ancestris, date are entered using a specific widget, which is made up of two buttons, one for precision, the other one to specify the calendar, and the three components of a date (month, day and year). Examples :

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Relative precision button

The Relative precision button unfolds a mini menu allowing you to indicate whether the date is precise or not, and in that second case, the range.



Calendar button

The Calendar type button opens a mini-menu allowing you to select one of the four calendars available to express the date. Here is an extract from Wikipedia.

When a date is currently entered, any change to the calendar type immediately converts that date to the newly selected calendar.

Please note the republican calendar only accepts conversion for dates between September 22, 1792 and December 31, 1805 as these are the main period during which this calendar was used.

In addition, following the name of the calendar, each line of the mini-menu displays the date currently entered, converted into this calendar, with the same exceptions as mentioned above concerning the line of the republican calendar.


Components of a date

The three constituents of a date - month, day and year - line up horizontally, always in the same order.


The different dates entered in Gedcom files are likely to be displayed in various reports, windows, and views.

The choice of how dates should be displayed is available in the panel Preferences / Data / General data.

Whatever format is adopted, the order of the three constituents of the date is always day month year in the Gedcom file.

In the Preferences, the Dates drop-down menu shows the following four display formats.


GEDCOM Format - 25 JAN 1970

The Gedcom format is the format used in the Gedcom file: the month is written in capitals, using the first three letters of the month in English. 

Short Format - 25 Jan 1970

The Short format displays the month in lowercase starting with a capital letter, written using the first three or four letters of the month in English.

Long Format - 25 January 1970

The Long format also displays the full month word in lowercase with a capital letter.

Number Format - 01/25/1970

The Numbers format displays month, day and year as numbers separated by a slashes (/).




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