I wholeheartedly second this well-described approach.
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1. Linking unknown grandchildren (Julie Hill)
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:59:25 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
From: "Julie Hill" <JulieandMalcolm(a)kett.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: [FHU] Linking unknown grandchildren
To: "Family Historian" <family-historian-users(a)rootsweb.com>
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I have had this happen several times. This is what I do -
Say for instance that Grandma and her children are named Jones. If the
grandchild is also called Jones, I create an additional child for Grandma
called 'Unknown/Jones/'. I usually leave this entry last on the children's
list. I then add the grandchild as the child of 'Unknown /Jones'. I also
open the records window and right click on that child and add an associated
person i.e. Grandma Jones and note the relationship.
If it turns out it is an illegitimate child of a daughter, or a son's child,
then all well and good, I change 'Unknown Jones' to show this person's true
name and add the appropriate sex . If this person already exists in the
file, I merge the two records, retaining the correct name, and then re-order
the family in birth date order if necessary.
But if it is a married daughter's child called Smith, I add a husband to the
daughter's record with 'Unknown /Smith/' and then add the grandchild.
All these entries can of course be edited later if necessary. Once I cam
across a grandchild with the same name, so I presumed it was an illegitimate
grandchild, but it turned out that the child's parents were a daughter of
the family who had married her cousin with the same surname :)
Everyone has their own preferences for how to handle this situation.
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