# Date Conversion (From 1920 DEC 2) to Excel assistance request

#### mawilson12

##### New Member
I have a spreadsheet of burials for which the hard working volunteers have formatted in text dates of burial as Year[SPACE]Month[SPACE]DAY - I assume because it was the way they wanted to sort, or maybe it was an artifact from exporting out from a (FileMaker Pro?) database years ago.
Example:
 1920 DEC 2

Can someone point me in the right direction on how to convert the dates so I can do some age calculations?

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#### Joe4

Here is one way (for an entry in cell A1):
Excel Formula:
``=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,LEN(A1)) & ", " & LEFT(A1,4))``

#### mawilson12

##### New Member
Here is one way (for an entry in cell A1):
Excel Formula:
``=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,LEN(A1)) & ", " & LEFT(A1,4))``
Thank you so much. Any idea why the display doesn't work on some, despite the formula working?

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#### jtakw

##### Well-known Member
Hi,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to convert any dates prior to 1/1/1900 to Real Dates with Excel.

You can convert it to a Text format representation of a date, but it's still Text, which is what you have now.

#### mawilson12

##### New Member

Hi,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to convert any dates prior to 1/1/1900 to Real Dates with Excel.

You can convert it to a Text format representation of a date, but it's still Text, which is what you have now.
Thanks. I think changing it to text might be good, as my ultimate goal will be to import it into a Genealogy program, which I think we reinterpret it back into a date.

#### mawilson12

##### New Member
Here is one way (for an entry in cell A1):
Excel Formula:
``=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,LEN(A1)) & ", " & LEFT(A1,4))``
This worked for the purposes of getting into a format that a Genealogy program can use, thanks! =(MID(G2,FIND(" ",G2)+1,LEN(G2)) & ", " & LEFT(G2,4))

#### jtakw

##### Well-known Member

Thanks. I think changing it to text might be good, as my ultimate goal will be to import it into a Genealogy program, which I think we reinterpret it back into a date.

Here's a shorter formula for you to consider:

Book3.xlsx
AB
11873 DEC 11DEC 11, 1873
21910 FEB 6FEB 6, 1910
Sheet878
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
B1:B2B1=MID(A1&", "&A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,LEN(A1)+1)

#### Phuoc

##### Active Member
a little shorter:

=--MID(A1&", "&A1,6,LEN(A1)+1)

#### jtakw

##### Well-known Member
a little shorter:

=--MID(A1&", "&A1,6,LEN(A1)+1)

Yes, but you need to take out the Double unary.
So, now it's even shorter:

Excel Formula:
``=MID(A1&", "&A1,6,LEN(A1)+1)``

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