If I know the correct year but not the month or day how should I categorize it?

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in Genealogy Help by Don Ryniker G2G1 (1.1k points)
edited by Chris Whitten

If I'm positive of the year, but lack other information, say for birth or death, I enter the year, and choose the exact/certain button - and hope that I will someday fill in the rest. 

Some people prefer to use about/uncertain - but I like to remind myself when I have at least a part of it correctly.

 

Thank you very much , i will use exact as you suggest.

2 Answers

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Hi Don   If you are certain of the correct year I would mark the "exact/certain button". If you marked the "about/uncertain button" and at a later date came back to it there could be  some confusion about the date. Good hunting.
by Dennis O'Barr G2G Rookie (230 points)
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Without a documented date on a vital record, the date should be documented as about/uncertain.  The fact that you only have a year suggests that you have an oral history, census estimated date, estimated from a death record, tombstone estimate based on age at time of death or some such.  Oral history such as auntie Em says yup I'm sure of the date.  That's the same year Dorothy got sucked up in the tornado.  That doesn't fly.  You should only use certain/exact when you are absolutely sure of the year.
by A B G2G6 Mach 4 (41k points)

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