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Subject: [DearMYRTLE-L] Painted Family Trees & Divorce
Date: 17 Nov 2002 17:32:51 -0700
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Painted Family Trees & Divorce
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FROM: Scott Levy
How would I show a divorced couple (there were children from the marriage) when I am showing couples in one box instead of each individual in a separate box with a line to his/her spouse? For example, it would say "John and Jane Doe" rather than John Doe and Jane Smith with a line between. I'm doing it this way for a family tree painting. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Genealogists always think of a woman by her maiden name, because it facilitates the tracing of her ancestry. Whether a couple was married, divorced, lived together, etc., if there is a child of the marriage that constitute part of your ancestry, you merely list them as a couple. The genealogy programs we have now allow us to specify a preferred partner, if we do not need the first wife (divorced) to appear as the primary wife, etc.
So you have some alternatives:
John and Mary (Smith) Doe
NOTE: (Smith) refers to her maiden name, since it appears in parenthesis.
I would prefer to list the names as it would appear in a pedigree chart:
John Doe - Mary Smith
If you mention the marriage dates -- you can paint in a small
"div" to indicate the union resulted in divorce.
Take a picture or scan in a copy of the painted family tree and send it to me. I know my readers would enjoy seeing the results of your artistic labors!
Happy Family Tree Climbing!
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