Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Can Your Genealogy Software Do This? - Series 3: The Master Genealogist

I posted my latest genealogy software question on 6 July - Can your genealogy software provide a list or report with the ages at death of selected people in your database? Preferably the ancestors of a person, in descending order from most years to fewest years. Or just the top 20 persons, say.

In email to me, William Haskell offered the following for The Master Genealogist:

TMG can provide the ages at death for a selected group of people.


* Either select the people of interest from project explorer, or what I did was to create a project explorer filter for my surname (HASKELL) and then for my ancestors.

* Go to Report menu and pick a “List of People” report

* Create the report for a “filtered group” and select the filtered list created in step 1 (my filtered list was called wch ancestors)

* Click the “Options” button at the bottom of the report page and go to the “Output Columns” tab and select the following columns: “Name Group”, “Death Date” and “Age at Death”.

* In the “Sort Order” column put “1” next to the “Age at Death” row, then click OK.

* Click “Create Report” and the following report is created.

I can only seem to get it to sort from fewest years to most years – there does not seem to be an option to reverse the sort order. I am sure there are other ways to do this in TMG.

Here is a screen shot of part of William's Age at Death chart:

My thanks to William for taking the time to answer the question. We can add TMG to the "can-do" column.

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