I'm cleaning up membership data that was imported and need to make changes in the "member since" field. Some people have been members since the 80's. When I try to add pre-1995 dates, I get the following error:

Please enter a date between 01/01/1995 and 12/31/2025

How can I increase the date range so that I can add correct historical membership data? Thanks, Kate

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For CiviCRM 4.6+ go to Administer menu > Customize Data and Screens > Date Preferences. From there, change the Start Offset of SearchDate.

For CiviCRM versions before 4.6, this is part of the Advanced Date settings linked from Administer > Localization > Date Format.

  • Works also for Relationship dates!
    – ñull
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 9:46

Further to Jon's helpful answer, for CiviCRM 4.7.12 (and possibly earlier) the date preference setting that needs to be changed is 'activityDate', as the description makes clear.

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