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In Topic: Using Married Surname in Census After Death of Spouse

27 January 2011 - 02:23 PM

Unfortunately, when looking at U.S. Census records, the wife's maiden name is normally not identified, so all you may have is her married name or an unknown surname at the time. The women may have been going by her maiden name, but the csnsus takers off did not ask the question, and listed the wife under the husband's surname.

Exactly my point...

In Topic: Using Married Surname in Census After Death of Spouse

27 January 2011 - 01:33 PM

I never try change anyone's name from the one given at/near birth. I add alternate names as needed but married, widowed, remarried, divorced, etc. he/she is still the same person. It is probably unnecessary for RM4 to repeat the full name over and over in book format reports. After the first recitation of the full name it could just be reduced to the pronoun (s)he, thereafter.

I feel census are a special case, especially when it comes to women who go by their married (husband's) surname or by a hyphenated surname after marriage. If you leave out the surname, you wouldn't know from reading the narrative what surname the woman was using. Granted, if you have diligently followed the recommendations in Evidence! and Evidence Explained, the surname of a widow, who was the head of a household, would be shown as it appeared on the census. However, I find it more convenient to show this as part of the narrative -- my preference.

In Topic: Using Married Surname in Census After Death of Spouse

22 January 2011 - 12:17 PM

How would I customize a sentence to show the wife's Surname when recording her in census records subsequent to the death of her spouse?

Right now, my sentences read something like this: "Laura Brown appeared in the census in 1890 in Grainger Co., TN."

I would like it to read "Laura Brown Jones appeared in the census of 1890 in Grainger Co., TN." (or something to that effect).

I can figure out how to rearrange the sentence to do everything but add her married name.


There is no way to pick up the married surname in RM4 (although a way to use alternate names in facts would be a welcome enhancement.)

The easiest way is to edit the census fact, then click Customize sentence and insert the married surname (or replace the maiden surname with the married surname - your choice.)

In Topic: Source options in Family Group sheet

04 September 2010 - 12:04 PM

e is an option for notes to do that on certain reports. I believe Tom was indicating that what you were looking for was to extend that functionality as an option for citations. This would be especially useful for reports like the FGS which generally has only a few (3-6) pages, but could be reduced by a page or two if the notes and citations were included without any page breaks.

In Topic: Citing census

03 September 2010 - 01:17 PM

For a feature request - it would be nice to be able to hide templates that do not follow a particular style (I'd like to hide all of the templates that use AQS, E!, etc.

FYI, Evidence Explained could include many more models than those shown (Ms. Mills indicates in her book that would have been three times the size if she tried to provide every example. In fact, except for the odd exception, templates from Evidence! (E!) and the QuickSheets (QS and AQS) all follow Evidence Explained rules, but generally provide the lead elements in an order different from those shown in EE. The QuickSheet-based templates follow EE rules, but just were not among the models included in the book.

I have requested an option to have check boxes or something similar that would allow the user to select which template or set of templates to have visible, but it wouldn't hurt to submit a ticket to make a similar request.