Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How To Enter an individual who Never Married

The Family Tree Maker Blog has a great article on how to enter an individual who Never Married. Please stop by and see the article at:


I actually ran into this situation in my own file. In the source I was reading, it actually stated that this person Never Married with the "UNM" abbreviation. Here is what the source said:

Mary Virginia, b. Nov. 25, 1878, East Bradford; d. Aug. 5, 1946, West Chester; unm

Here is what I did:

In the People Workspace, Person Tab, clicked on the "+" on the Individual & Shared Facts bar, on the right, and selected New.

 Entered "No Descendants" into the Fact Label, and selected Description Only.

To have the No Descendants appear in Charts and Reports, the words No Descendants is typed into the Description field.

To indicate that this person Never Married, the Marriage Fact is selected from the "+" menu, and typed Never Married into the Description field in the Marriage Fact.

The appropriate Source-Citations are added to both entries.

Changes may need to be made in how the Marriage Fact is displayed in Charts and Reports. In this example, will use the Family Group Sheet.

Go to the Publish Workspace, selecting Relationship Reports from the Collection, and Family Group Sheet from the Detail selection. When the initial report is generated, click on the "Items to Include" in the Right Hand Panel under the Family Group Sheets Options. Then select Marriage, then Select Marriage Options.

This will bring up the Marriage Options, where the Description field will be clicked to add the bullet into that field.

To Add the No Descendants to the Family Group Sheet, the Green Plus sign, at the top of the Items to Include screen and selecting No Descendants from the pull down menu will result in this:

The Family Group Sheet now included the the Never Marriage (Marriage Fact) Description and the No Descendants Fact.

Although the Spouse and the parents of the Spouse and list of children are reported, the reason that them being blank is shown in the in the Marriage Fact Description and the No Descendants Fact.

Note: other information has been grayed out on purpose for this example.

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