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5 posts. Started 14 Jan 2009 by brett. Latest reply 14 Jan 2009 by lkessler. RSS 2.0 feed for this topic RSS
1. Brett (brett)
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Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 Permalink

Where a female has a child but not married, and then marries, the resulting name displayes as First [Maiden Married] Unmarried eg
Sandra Bowman has child with Vanassan
Sandra Bowman marries McPhee
Result is displayed as
Sandra Dawn [Bowman McPhee] Vanassan
But she has never taken or been known as Vanassan

2. Louis Kessler (lkessler)
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Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 Permalink

Yes. I am aware of that. I'm not sure yet what the best solution is. There are several possibilities.

Probably the best would be to have a custom GEDCOM tag to indicate that this person never took on their spouse's married name. This could easily be implemented in Behold, but because Behold does not yet edit data, it would be your own program that would have to add it and also export, (or else more difficult manual editing of the GEDCOM file).

From your point of view, what would you (or anyone else) like to see. I'm still very open to suggestions about this.

3. Brett (brett)
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Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 Permalink

I see it is a little cool out your way - minus 30 celsius. Different to the 35 celcius here.

I am not sure any of the how, only that it would display as Sandra Dawn [McPhee] Bowman.

Or maybe even Sandra Dawn Bowman with a second line displaying other known names eg McPhee!!!!

4. Brett (brett)
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Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 Permalink

Also, I do not think most users would care for custom tags that needed to be changed in one program to accomodate another. They just want point and shoot stuff.

5. Louis Kessler (lkessler)
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Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 Permalink

That's exactly it. Most people don't want to fiddle. They want the defaults to work and for it to be automatic.

But you can't do both: Show the married name for some people AND not show the married name for other people - unless you have something to specify which ones.

I could have the option to not show married names at all, and that would eliminate this one problem but present only birth names which is much less useful than showing birth and married names for women.

So I've got a bit of a dilemma, and it's not completely solveable until I add a simple way of fixing it (e.g. right clicking on the surname and select "Don't show") but that will have to wait until editing in Version 2.

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