Is there a way to insert years before 1970 (seems to be the limit), e.g. in a family tree?

Josee B. shared this question 9 months ago

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1st January 1970 is the "epoch" date used for internal date calculations. If you won't be doing any numerical processing of date information and just want a date for display purposes, a plain text Topic Property might be better. This has a few advantages for family trees:

  • You can add as many dates as you need, e.g. birth, marriage, death
  • You can type the date in any format you prefer, as it is plain text
  • You can type incomplete dates, e.g. just a year when you don't know an exact date
  • The properties can be exported to Word or other formats.


Thank you Nick. This makes perfect sense. :)