Let's see if I can take these one at a time (perhaps not in the correct order)
THE KNOWLEDGE BASE: there is an underlined link at the top of the UFT genforum page. If you click on that, you can get to LOTS of useful, helpful information. If people would check that first, it might save them a lot of time waiting for responses. :)
MISSING PLACE: If you type in the correct place name (if you know it) in the person's individual record and press F9, you should get a message that says something like "missing place no ... will be changed to ...[whatever you put in] are these the same?" You choose yes and that should be taken care of.
The same with your abr date instead of abt. You could have changed the letter, I believe, and it should have taken it correctly.
There were some factors in the list reports, I believe, that never were fixed. This might be one of them. However, when I tried it the other day it seemed to work just fine. Perhaps after your computer has had a rest and you try it again. Who knows ... there are lots of "quirky" things that happen, too.
I don't know if it will help or not, but we have a LIST topic on our web site. It won't give you exact directions for the list you are trying to create, but might give you some helpful hints in the alphabetizing of the lists (to help you look), etc. You can find it at: http://rug1.tripod.com/page12p.html/http://rug1.tripod.com/page12p.html/