The marriage Status can be changed to <default>, or the field deleted, in order to
signify the default married state.
This field is intended to record a permanent status, not a transient status.
The genealogy convention is to record the Birth name of everyone as their Primary Name,
regardless of how it subsequently changes through Marriage, Adoption, Deed Poll, etc.
For more details on this and about using Alternate Names please see:
The set of Facts you record effectively document ALL her states of domestic bliss as
indicated by the associated Dates.
Prior to the Date of her Marriage she will mostly have used her maiden name, although she
may have unofficially adopted her husband's name before then when they first got
Her first Son will clearly be seen as born when she was unmarried, because his Birth Fact
will precede her Marriage Fact in the Facts tab.
Genealogy records, reports, diagrams, etc, do not usually attempt to present the status of
any particular snapshot in time.
They are a historical record looking back, that documents a person's complete
I hope that helps.
Regards, Mike Tate
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Peter Birkhead
Sent: 23 September 2013 11:22
Subject: [FHU] MARRIED OR NOT
Please can I have some guidance on a immoveable(?) problem.
When entering first information on an early nineteenth century ancestor I entered under
‘status’ tab the fact at the birth of a son, that she was unmarried. Shortly afterwards
she did marry (the father of the first born) and continued to produce a fulsome brood.
According to the display she remains unmarried and the ‘Status’ refuses to allow any
‘married’ entry. How can this be rectified, please?
Similarly – does this account for her maiden name always appearing despite the known
Is there a means of recording the two states of her position in domestic bliss?
Thank you for any help.