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I am trying to accomplish three goals:

1. Maintain a Master Database in a root directory and pull data from a subdirectory - EASY:

VB : FilePath = ActiveWorkbook.Path & "sub-DirectoryName"

2. Maintain a Minor Database located in a sub-Directory, Named by Month, and pull data from the Master Database located in the Root Directory (up one level). Which I cannot find the right syntax for - ".." does not work.

3. Maintain a Minor Database in a sub-Directory, Named by Month, and pull data from a different Minor Database in a Different sub-Directory (e.g. up one level to root directory, then down one level to "January"). Which I also cannot find the right syntax for.

The Databases are going to be moved around A LOT, so I have to use relative paths.

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