How do you enter a decade instead of an exact date?

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I have seen several instances where an approximate date is entered for a birth such as

1560's or 1830's. It seems much more useful than leaving the field empty. Is it possible to put in ranges like 1350-1357?
in Genealogy Help by Eugene Quigley G2G6 Mach 7 (75.6k points)
edited by Chris Whitten
A possible source of confusion: If you see a decade, e.g. "born 1970s" on the private version of profile, that's because of our privacy protection system. The exact date is in the database, but it's only being shown to those on the Trusted List.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Privacy#Partially_private_information

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Hi Eugene,

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.

From http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Date_Fields#Date_Ranges

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Keith Baker

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