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From: Terry Reigel <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Working with unknown spouses in Journal reports
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:51:47 -0500
GeneJ \(GM\) wrote:
> In my TMG file, I enter the name of an unknown bride as [-
> -?--] (Mrs. Joseph Higgins) [--?--]. While I haven't
> usually done so, I could add a variant that leaves all
> name parts blank. In the case on which I'm working on,
> not one thing is known about his wife (-who btw, bore him
> no fewer than eight children).
If absolutely nothing is known about her other than she was the mother of the children, why have you entered her in your database? Why not just let the Journal say the children are by "an unknown wife" or create a NarrativeChildren tag to customize that?
> When I output a journal report, the marriage entry reads,
> "He married [--?--] (Mrs. Joseph Higgins) [--?--]."
As I said, I think the reason to enter a person, and thus enter a name, so to you can report what you know about them. Thus I'd enter the name so it outputs the way I want it to appear in reports for all those events. For me, that means leaving unknown names blank and using the "unknown name" feature in TMG reports or Second Site provide what I want to appear. I rarely enter people for whom I know neither the given name nor surname, but when I do, I do it as Lee described.
Some users like to add the spouse's name to aid identifying the person in the Picklist or Project Explorer. That seems unnecessary to me since the spouse is already displayed in both of them.
> I'd like that entry to read, "The name of his wife is not
> known" or else, "His wife name and her ancestry are
Again, I'm not sure why you enter a person and a Marriage tag for someone you know nothing about. But if you want to do that, and the "unknown name" feature in reports doesn't give you something you like, I'd create a custom Role in the Marriage Tag, with a sentence that produces the output you like. There is no need to create a local sentence to do that unless you only have one or two cases; then local sentences may be easier.
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