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#1 cjblythe

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 04:12 AM

The 'unknown' designation appears after unlinking a spouse from a marriage. How do I delete the unkown reference? I tried doing it like I would to delete any other individual, but the program does not recognize the unknown as an editable individual. I even tried renaming it, but that couldn't be done either.

Help, please.

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#2 Alfred

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 07:36 AM

The Unknown Spouse is added to anyone with a child but no real spouse. It is not used in reports, just as a sort of placeholder.


The only way to get rid of it is to unlink all of the children and it will go aqay by itself, or replace it with the name of the real spouse.

"Spouse" doesn't actually mean that they were married, you have to enter a marriage fact to make reports say they were married.
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Posted 28 September 2005 - 10:01 PM

QUOTE(Alfred @ Sep 7 2005, 06:36 AM)
The Unknown Spouse is added to anyone with a child but no real spouse. It is not used in reports, just as a sort of placeholder.
The only way to get rid of it is to unlink all of the children and it will go aqay by itself, or replace it with the name of the real spouse. 

"Spouse" doesn't actually mean that they were married, you have to enter a marriage fact to make reports say they were married.

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I have a similar problem with the unknown spouse. The individual in question has a valid spouse with all children associated with this marraige. The unknown spouse is a second spouse, but there are no facts or anything that I can see linking this unknown spouse. How do I get rid of it?

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 10:36 PM

Click on the unknown spouse in the family view and see if there are any children linked to the person and the unknown spouse?

If there is a child linked without a second parent, then the unknown spouse is the second parent.

Now, if this child shoudn't be linked as a child of the single parent and the unknown spouse, right click on that child and select UNLINK from parents. Once you have unlinked all of the unknown spouses children, it will go away.
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Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:16 PM

QUOTE(Alfred @ Sep 28 2005, 09:36 PM)
Click on the unknown spouse in the family view and see if there are any children linked to the person and the unknown spouse?

If there is a child linked without a second parent, then the unknown spouse is the second parent. 

Now, if this child shoudn't be linked as a child of the single parent and the unknown spouse, right click on that child and select UNLINK from parents. Once you have unlinked all of the unknown spouses children, it will go away.

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There are no children linked to the unknown spouse that I can find. I can't find any links to the uknown spouse other than the "other spouses" button. I just can't figure it out.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 07:06 PM

Have you tried right clicking on this spouse, or the real spouse when the unknown spours is showing, and selecting delete family. Unless you change the default, this only deletes family links, it does not delete any people.

OR, perhaps this unknown spouse is one that was entered by hand, in that case, you can just delete the unknon spouse.


If none of that works, try exporting a GEDCOM file and importing it into a new, empty database and see if the unknown spouse is still there.
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Posted 05 October 2005 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE(Alfred @ Sep 29 2005, 06:06 PM)
Have you tried right clicking on this spouse, or the real spouse when the unknown spours is showing, and selecting delete family. Unless you change the default, this only deletes family links, it does not delete any people.

OR, perhaps this unknown spouse is one that was entered by hand, in that case, you can just delete the unknon spouse.
If none of that works, try exporting a GEDCOM file and importing it into a new, empty database and see if the unknown spouse is still there.

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I tried everything except selecting delete family. Program wouldn't let me delete the unknown spouse but when I selected delete family, I was able to at least unlink the unknown spouse. It is now gone. Thanks!