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On 01/02/2013 02:45 PM, Alex Thurgood wrote:
I'm a bit lost here. Surely, the field used in your main table to show the Member's ID in your main form should reference the Member ID of your e-mail table, via a FOREIGN KEY relationship between your tables ? Perhaps I have misunderstood what exactly it is that you are trying to achieve or how exactly you have structured your tables ?

If you need a value to appear in your main table, which is taken from your email table, then use the FOREIGN KEY relationship definition. If, however, you are inserting a value of MemberID into your e-mail table from your main table, then you need to have the MemberID field of your email table defined as a FOREIGN KEY reference for the main table. You can't expect both tables to know simultaneously whether to refer/receive at the same time, that won't happen as you would have created a circular reference.

Your questions seem to me to be far more related to how to normalize your data relationships than how to get Base to do what you want with them, and would probably be better asked in a forum dealing with such questions, but I could be misreading / misunderstanding the whole point.

Thanks Alex - Lets give this one more go around..........

I have the following -
A Members Table called 'Members' with ....

 * The Key being 'RecordID'. INT, Auto,
 * Plus the rest of my 70-odd fields..........  (This table comes up in
   my "Main Form")

I have now added another table called 'eMail' which has .....

 *   The Key being 'MessageID', INT, Auto
 *   Plus the rest of the fields for Date, Type, Title and Message.
   (All TXT)
 *   The final Field is called 'MembersID', INT, NOT Auto,

I have created another Form for this eMail Table and by clicking a Button on my Main Form it pops-up on top of the Main Form. (All this is working fine). I now want to be able to open a Members Record, press the "eMail" Button and either add a new eMail or read the old ones.

For this I need to have the Sub-Form "Pick-up" the 'RecordID' from the Main Form and put it in the 'MembersID' field. Then if I add a new eMail it will have the correct MembersID with it and I can also then use this MembersID to search for just the eMails that apply to that Member.

This is what I'm trying to do and failing!! You mention a "Foreign Key' which maybe the answer to what I'm trying to do but how do I declare the RecordID/MembersID Relationship?

Thanks for your patience and help!!!

Pretoria RSA

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