1700Re: [AQ_NFS] Unknown spouse
- Jul 2, 2014One of the things that I've learned is that if there is something for
which there is _no_ information, then I treat it as fiction.
Otherwise, there will be some evidence for that person, even if there
are no known names.
If all you have are "hints" from others, then treat the matter as
fiction and move on. Don't repeat the _rumor_, because that's all it
is until you find evidence substantiating the unknown spouse. Note:
That evidence must exist in the form of a primary or secondary source.
Something that you can use to substantiate the existence of this
Such a record would be an indication of more than one marriage in a
census record, which such information is provided. That is a source
for your information. Other sources for this are marriage records
(usually the license) where there is an indication that this is not
the person's first marriage -- note that not all marriage records
contain this kind of information.
You also know, from that record, that you are working with an earlier
marriage. But you do not know if the marriage ended in the death of
that other person or if it was a divorce (sometimes, a divorce is
indicated, but it is rare).
Unfortunately, AQ does not provide a means to simply mark a person as
"Unknown" -- you can do this with gender, but not the name. You must
enter something in one of the name fields. I will use a period (.) and
save the record. Then I can order the spouses and move on, keeping in
mind that I have no other information about this person.
Since I am concerned about obtaining enough information to have temple
work performed, I'll spend time searching for additional records that
might help. In almost every case, I can find some record somewhere
that will provide the information I need to fill in a name and even
Now, if I have not found any further information, I go back to the
family view and _delete_ the person. Since an MRIN has been created,
the person is now "UNKNOWN" when I pull down the list of spouses. The
MRIN holds that slot open. If I later find that there really wasn't
another spouse, then I must delete the marriage record.
Hopefully, this helps.
On Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:24:09 -0700, you wrote:
>I am a new user to AQ, migrated from PAF.
>In PAF, there was a option to add an *unknown* spouse. I can't see this function in AQ.
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