Why can't the terms "abt", "bef", etc. be used for birth/death info?

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I have ancestors without an exact date of birth/death.  I know when creating a profile, I can choose "exact birthdate uncertain" but a wider range of years may be more accurate  (bet. 1850 & 1855) that simply putting in one year (1850).  I would like to be able to be more flexible with dates.  Anyone else have this problem in their trees?
in Genealogy Help by Jean Adams G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)

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While you can't use "between" dates, you can use "about", "before", and "after". Just enter the date, and select the appropriate confidence level: "about/uncertain", "before this date", or "after this date".
by Liander Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (456k points)
selected by Abby Glann
Thank you Lianne.  I did find an answer.

Date Ranges-  Unfortunately, our system does not have the capacity to store date ranges, e.g. "1980s" or "Between 1981 and 1989."  The best you can do is choose one date, use the "before this date" or "after this date" status indicator, and explain the issue in the text of the page.

I guess the best thing to do is make a note when the date range cannot be narrowed down to one date.
You can always make a note in the biography as to the range.

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