Property Dialog: Main Tab (for Individuals)

The Main Tab for Individuals allows records details for a given Individual to be viewed or edited. For convenience, it allows details of the spouses and children of the current individual to be viewed or edited too.

There are 4 types of fields in this tab. These are Individual fields, Spouse fields, Marriage fields and Child fields. In Small Mode, only the Individual fields are visible.

Individual fields These are the fields in 5 rows at the top of the dialog. The field values displayed belong to the Individual whose record is being displayed (the current Individual).

Below the Individual fields, there is one or more Spouse Tabs. There is one of these for each of the current individual's spouses, plus one extra blank one which is used to add more spouses. For example, a man who has been married twice will have 3 Spouse Tabs: the first two will show the given name of each of his spouses, and the third tab will be blank.

Spouse fields These are the 3 rows of fields, opposite the Spouse label. They show details of the spouse (if any) corresponding to the current spouse tab (the current spouse).
Marriage fields These are the 2 rows of fields opposite the Marr. label. They display details of when and where the current Individual married the current Spouse. The Note field allows you to edit or view a note about this marriage.

The Status field should normally be left blank. It is used to record non-default status information. You are encouraged to treat 2 individuals who never married as if they were a married couple if:

(a) you wish to record the fact that, although they never married, they are or were a couple

(b) they had one or more children together

If you wish to record the fact that, although they never married, the ‘spouses’ were a couple, you should set Status to “Unmarried Couple”. Sometimes individuals have children without ever having a serious relationship as such. You should handle these cases using the catch-all “Never Married” value.

Where a couple divorced and then remarried, or separated and then got back together, you can record these events in the Events tab. But the Status field should be left blank (i.e. the default) in these cases as it represents the final or last-known status of the marriage or relationship.

Tip: You can qualify the “Parent-Child” relationship to indicate whether the relationship was ‘birth’, ‘adopted’, ‘fostered’, ‘step’ or ‘de facto’, with respect to either or both parents. To do this, you need to switch to the ‘All’ tab of the Property Dialog when viewing the child’s details, and right click on the “Parents Family” field. Then select ‘Add Relationship’ from the menu that appears, and select the appropriate value from the dropdown list. If necessary, you can add more than one Relationship field to deal with each parent separately.

Child fields Each child that the current individual shares with the current spouse, is listed in the Child fields. These are the 4 rows of fields opposite the Children label. Each row can be used to display information about one child. Although there are only 4 rows, they are scrollable; so there is no limit to the number of children per marriage.
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