Does anyone know if married women whose maiden names are unknown will be indexed by their married names in RM8 rather than just by their first names? I have many women by the same first name at the beginning of the index but do not know who they are without opening up their page.
If I do not know information I leave the field blank, I believe that is correct. As regards indexing the married name did you know these also appear in the index providing you turn on Show Alternate Names under options so in the case above by zhangrau Lota will appear in the Index 19 times under the various name variants.
When I highlight those individuals with no birth surname I see in Family View alongside the association to others, it would be very unusual to have someone in my database with no Surname and no family association.
Like zhangrau, I use Alternate Names for Other Spellings but not as extensively, I always record the name as recorded at birth but where that differs from the most common spelling variation the the Name I add that as Alternate Name > Other Spelling so all the Johns etc will group together in the Index regardless of their Surname spelling at birth.
I believe the need for adding something to the Surname or Suffix field to obtain sorting is now redundant although some users have still not broken away from it.