Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:10 AM
Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:55 PM
You can unlink the wife from her husband or delete the family, without removing anyone from the database.
I have had instances where deleting one instance of a duplicate family has unlinked all instances of that family so that I had to re-link them one time, but I have never had to re-enter them into the database.
That duplicate family sometimes shows up when adding a GEDCOM and merging some people with themselves when they have existing families.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:38 AM
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:14 AM
How can I delete these 3 Unknown Spouses?
Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology
Professor (Retired), University of Hawai`i @ Manoa
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:15 AM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:50 PM
I had to relink (ie select from the database via 'add father/add mother') one ancestral couple before RM was smart enough to connect all the other downstream ancestral families. Thank goodness I had a slightly out-of-date copy of the database on a laptop, and using that I was able to spot the missing ancestral link, otherwise they would all have gone floating off into the distance!
This is an extremely non-trivial problem to fix. If it were easy to fix, them I'm sure the RootsMagician would have fixed it a long time ago.
I too am in great fear of people "gone floating off into the distance" in this situation. Therefore, I always link first and unlink second. For example, suppose you have John Doe #12497 linked to Jane Smith #10229 twice. For sure, you want to check the Record Number (also called a RIN) for each person before changing the links. And suppose that with the first link John and Jane have a child Sarah Doe and with the second link John and Jane have a child Andrew Doe. What you want is for John and Sarah to be linked only once, and for that linkage to show both Sarah and Andrew as their children.
What I would do would be to go to Andrew Doe and to do an "Add Parents" and add Andrew to the linkage where John and Jane are the parents and Sarah is the child. Then, the first linkage would have both Sarah and Andrew as children and the second linkage would have only Andrew as a child. Andrew would at this point have two sets of parents. One set of parents would be John Doe #12497 and Jane Smith #10229, and the other set of parents would also be John Doe #12497 and Jane Smith #10229, which of course is hugely confusing. So being careful to go to the John Doe #12497 and Jane Smith #10229 who still had only Andrew as a child, I would highlight Andrew and unlink him from his parents. This would unlink him from the linkage of John and Jane where they had Andrew as their ownly child.
At this point, John and Jane are still linked twice, once where they have two children and once where they have no children. So being careful to go to the linkage where they have no children, I would highlight either John or Jane and do an "Unlink spouse". At this point, all that would be left would be one linkage for John and Jane and both children would be properly linked to them. At no point in this process would anybody be completely unlinked - "gone floating off into the distance", as it were. And at no point in this process would anybody have to be deleted.
The Descendant View can be very helpful in seeing what is going on - for example set John Doe #12497 as the top person in the Descendant view. But I would always switch over to Family View for any actual unlinking.