Search / Input Unique Date in Delphi 1.0

I want the user to enter a date mm/dd/yyyy.  If it is in a table, let them know and return to previous form.  If date is not on file, append a record to a table, put the search date in the date field and bring open a form in the edit mode.  I am new to Delphi so please be very specific with your answers.  I used a maskedit box for input.  Used findkey to search the table and MessageDlg to tell user date is on file but have problems when date is not on file and I try to put the input date in the table (Table1DateField := EditMask1.)  HELP!!

John C.
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mvz121697Commented:
Table1.Insert;
Table1DateField.asdateTime:=StrToDateTime(maskedit1.text);
Table1.post;

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