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    The US date format is mm/dd/yyyy. The British format is dd/mm/yyyy.
    Would it be possible to specify a preferred date format and have that preference stored in one's profile?
    It could prevent some confusion.

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    I definitely have the forum dates as Day Month Year, but have never been able to set my project dates to the same.
    I really have to think about some of the dates in the US format. As do my UK/Aus/NZ project members. Not great for a "Global" membership.

    Having the month as a Jan Feb Mar etc would be so more helpful.

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    • #3
      FTDNA should use international date format: yyyy-mm-dd

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      • #4
        No genealogist, whether genetic or not, should ever use dd/mm/yyyy or mm/dd/yyyy, because of the obvious possibility of confusion. Once someone has been confused by such a date, the error takes on a life of its own all over the internet, in places like Ancestry and FamilySearch. The tried and true method to prevent date confusion is to use the dd/mmm/yyyy format, with the month represented by 3 letters. This "best practice" is virtually foolproof, easy to grasp, and painless. I'm not making this up! Ask any experienced genealogist!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John McCoy View Post
          No genealogist, whether genetic or not, should ever use dd/mm/yyyy or mm/dd/yyyy, because of the obvious possibility of confusion. Once someone has been confused by such a date, the error takes on a life of its own all over the internet, in places like Ancestry and FamilySearch. The tried and true method to prevent date confusion is to use the dd/mmm/yyyy format, with the month represented by 3 letters. This "best practice" is virtually foolproof, easy to grasp, and painless. I'm not making this up! Ask any experienced genealogist!
          Having a truly international tree, I have found that 2016-12-23 format might not be in daily use for any our tree users/readers, but nobody (so far) claimed being mislead by it.

          Using month abbreviation is second best, as those three letter abbreviations do differ between languages.


          Mr W

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rivergirl View Post
            I definitely have the forum dates as Day Month Year, but have never been able to set my project dates to the same.
            I really have to think about some of the dates in the US format. As do my UK/Aus/NZ project members. Not great for a "Global" membership.

            Having the month as a Jan Feb Mar etc would be so more helpful.
            I know that is an old thread, but after so many years it seems that the profile of the user accounts still use the odd format - mm/dd/yyyy.

            That is irritating and I can't get used with it. Every time I see it - I feel like the website needs an upgrade. They should use letters for the month or allow us to use a different format

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