The Marriage Information screen records the date, place, status, and sources of information for the life of the current marriage. (Obviously, not all couples are or were actually officially married. Some may have just been together for a short time, or lived together, or had some other interaction. Some couples were together (either married or not) and didn't have any children. Others, of course, did have children. For the purposes of this help topic and others like it, we are using the terms married and marriage to include whatever type of actual relationship the couple had.
The Marriage Information screen is reached by clicking the Marriage Bar just below the Husband and Wife boxes on the Family View. It can also be reached by choosing Edit Marriage from the Edit tab of the Ribbon bar or Edit Marriage from the right-click menu of the husband or wife.
If the date is known, enter it in any recognized format. (See Entering Dates in Date Fields for more information.)
Dates Memorized (Deluxe Edition Only)
As you enter dates into date fields in Legacy, the most recent ten dates are remembered and can be quickly displayed in a popup list and selected. To display the list of the last ten dates, right-click on the field label to the left of any date field. From the resulting popup list of dates you can select one to fill into the date field by clicking on it. To clear the date list and start over, click (Clear all memorized dates) at the bottom of the list.
If you know where the marriage took place, enter the location here. (See Entering Locations in Place Fields for more information.)
Legacy taps into its problem checking routines while displaying information on this screen. When problems are found, a Problems icon is displayed next to the piece of information causing the problem. Hovering over these icons shows you a short description of the problem. Clicking on the icon displays a list of the problems and how to fix them. You can also right-click on the icon to display the Exclude from Potential Problems window. Holding down the Shift key while right-clicking on the icon, displays the Potential Problems window where you can change the problem settings. If the Problems icon is next to an event in the Events/Facts list, you can also hold down the Ctrl key while left-clicking to quickly set the Exclude this instance of this event from problem checking setting for the event. This is handy for events that might normally fall outside the couple's life range - like Cemetery, Tombstone, Probate, etc.
Locations Memorized (Deluxe Edition Only)
As you enter places into location fields in Legacy, the most recent ten place names are remembered and can be quickly displayed in a popup list and selected. To display the list of the last ten place names, right-click on the field label to the left of any location field. From the resulting popup list of place names you can select one to fill into the location field by clicking on it. To clear the location list and start over, click (Clear all memorized locations) at the bottom of the list.
This field records the final disposition of the marriage. The default is Married and should be left alone if the couple was actually married and never separated before one or the other died. The other standard choices for the Status field are: Divorced, Unmarried, Annulled, Common Law, and Other. If you choose Other, an explanatory note in the Notes field of one of the individuals is advisable. You can also add additional status words to the list.
To check out the QuickTip video on How to enter divorce information, click here.
If you have entered a Marriage Status, you might want to record the date of the status. For example, if the marriage status is Divorced, you can enter the date of the divorce.
This field is for any reference number you want to record for this marriage. You can use any combination of letters, numbers and punctuation marks.
No Evidence of Marriage
If the two people of the relationship did not get married or you can't find any kind of documentation that they did get married, put a checkmark in the No evidence that this couple ever married box to show this. Doing this alters the wording used when describing this relationship on reports and web pages. The wording for narrative paragraphs is shown on the Wording Options tab. You can override this wording if you want to. See Wording Options below.
Had No Children
If you have confirmed that this couple had no children, you can check the This Couple Had No Children box to indicate this. When this box is checked, the Child List on the Family View will show "Had No Children."
Monitor Potential Problems
Legacy taps into its problem checking routines while displaying information on this screen. When problems are found, a Problems icon is displayed next to the piece of information causing the problem. Hovering over these icons shows you a short description of the problem. Clicking on the icon displays a list of the problems and how to fix them.
The following buttons are found on the toolbar:
Click on the Notes icon to display the Notes window. You can then choose to add or edit the Marriage notes. These notes can include any information or stories you have about the couple any time during their life together. See Notes for more information.
Picture (and other media)
Click on the Media icon to display the Media Gallery. You can then add new pictures, sounds, videos, and documents and view and edit existing pictures, sounds, videos, and documents. These pictures can span the entire length of the marriage. See Media Gallery for more information.
The Sources icon brings up the Assigned Sources list for the marriage. If the icon is colored it means that at least some of the information for the marriage has been documented. From the Assigned Sources screen you can add source documentation to the marriage vital event (when and where they were actually married) or any of the settings or other events you have added to the marriage. See Citing the Sources of Your Information for more advice.
Click the Address icon to add or edit the marriage address. This address could be the address where the couple was married, or their main, long time residence, or perhaps their last or current address. See Address for more information.
You can use the built-in popup calendar to help you with the marriage date field. Just click the Calendar icon. (See Choosing Dates From the Calendar for more information.)
Sharing the Marriage Event
To share the marriage event with other people who participated in it, click the Share button. This opens the People Who Share this Event window.
If you have the LDS options turned on, clicking the LDS icon displays the LDS Ordinances screen where you can add or edit the information. If the icon is colored it means that at least some information has been entered. See LDS Ordinance Information for more advice.
Using the Source Clipboard
The Source Clipboard is a feature in Legacy that can tremendously increase the efficiency with which you document the sources of the information you enter into your Family File. See Source Clipboard for information on how and why to use this feature.
You can add unlimited additional facts and events to a marriage. These can include things like engagements, residences, etc. Legacy comes with many pre-defined events like those previously mentioned. You can use these and also add any new events you need.
An event consists of an Event Name, Event Date, Event Place and an Event Comment. Only the Event Name is required, but it may seem meaningless without a date, place or comment.
Adding a New Event
To add a new event to a marriage:
1. Click Add to the right of the Events box to display the Add Event window.
2. To select an event from the Master Event Definition List, either type the name of the event in the Event field or click the down arrow to the right of the field to scroll through the list and select an event by clicking on it. (If you want to define a new event that is not already in the Master Event Definition List, see Editing The Master Event Definition List below.)
3. In the Description field, enter the relevant information. For example, you might enter "Plumber" for an Occupation event.
4. In the Date field, enter the date the event occurred.
5. In the Place field, enter the location where the event took place. You can select existing locations using the down button to the right of the field.
6. In the Notes field, enter any information you want to record concerning this event.
7. Click the Source icon to record the source of this information if you have it. See Citing the Sources of Your Information.
8. Click on the icon to enter an address for the event.
9. Click on the icon to attach any picture, sound, video, or other files or web site URLs.
10. If you want to mark this event as private, click the Private checkbox in the lower-right corner of the window. This allows you to exclude the event when printing reports, creating web pages, and exporting files.
Editing an Event
To change the name, date, location or comments of an existing event:
1. Highlight the event line you want to edit in the event list.
2. Click Edit to the right of the list to display the Edit An Event window.
3. Make the desired changes and click OK to save them.
Editing the Master Event Definition List
If you would like to add or edit an event name definition in the Master Event Definition List or remove an existing event from the list, click the icon to the right of the Event field on the Add Event window to display the Master Event Definition List.
To add a new event to the list:
4. Click Add to the right of the event list. The Add/Edit Event Definition window is displayed.
5. Enter the name and sentence definition of the new event and click Save.
6. Click Close to return to the Edit An Event window.
To remove an event from the list:
1. Highlight the name of the event you want to erase.
2. Click Options and choose Delete from the shortcut menu. If the event is not being used in any individual's event list, the event is removed from the list. If the event is currently being referenced, a message displays and the event is not removed. You must remove all references to a particular event before it can be removed from the Master Event Definition List.
To remove the reference of an event from the current marriage:
1. On the Marriage Information window, highlight the name of the event you want to delete.
2. Click the Options button to the right of the event box and then choose Delete Event from the menu.
Sorting the Event List
You can have Legacy automatically sort your list of events by the event name or date by clicking Sort to the right of the event list. When sorting, any events that don't have a name or date are moved to the top of the list.
To change the display order of the events:
1. Highlight the event line you want to move.
2. Click on the up or down arrow in the lower right corner of the Facts and Events box (labeled "Set Order") in the direction you want to move the line.
Combining Event Names
If you find that you have two event names that you want to combine, (for example, if you misspell a name), this can easily be done:
1. Highlight the event name you want to change.
2. Click Map Highlighted Event Name to Another Event Name in List at the bottom of the window.
3. Highlight the Event name you want to change it to.
4. Click the same button again, which will now read, Highlight Destination Event Name, Then Press This Button.
When a couple is married, in most cases one or both of the individuals involved change their names. This is usually the wife but in some case the husband's name will change. If you have a marriage name rule selected in the combo box at the bottom of the Married Names box, Legacy automatically makes the married name changes and displays them in the Husband's married name and Wife's married name fields. If you have selected None - don't generate married names, the fields remain blank.
You can change the married name for either the husband or the wife by clicking the Change button to the right of the married name field.
Married names can be included in the Name List and on the Index View. They are also used when searching and when generating anniversary calendars.
When you select a different married name rule from the combo box, Legacy asks, Do you want this change to be the default for all future marriages that you add?. If you answer Yes, then any marriage you add from then on will generate married names according to that rule - until you change it again. If you answer No, then the rule is only applied to the current marriage
You can also set the default married name rule on the Options > Customize > Data Entry tab.
If you would like to be reminded of the anniversary of this couple a few days before it happens, put a checkmark in the Anniversary Reminder option in the lower-right corner of the window. The reminder will be displayed on the Legacy Home tab.
Privacy Settings for Marriages
If you would like to be able to exclude this marriage from being included on reports, exports, and web pages, put a checkmark on the Private setting near the lower-right corner of the window. All reports, exports, and web pages have an option to include or exclude Private marriages. See Privacy Settings for more information.
You can tag individuals and marriages to mark them for various reasons. (See Tagging Records for more information and useful examples.)
Legacy has a Repeat feature, commonly known as Ditto. In all the input fields on the Marriage screen you can click Repeat to repeat the same field from the last record saved. If the current field already has an entry that would be overwritten, Legacy asks permission before replacing it. Pressing F8 or Alt-R or Ctrl-R works the same way, as does clicking on the label to the left of each field, such as "Marr Date" or "Status" or "in" or "Status Date". This feature lets you quickly enter recurring information. (The right-mouse button in Legacy Deluxe has another function).
Wording Options Tab
Family View Labels
Choose the labels you would like to use when displaying this marriage couple. The default labels are Husb and Wife.
Default Report Phrases if this is the First Marriage
The traditional (and default) phrase used when printing reports is "married". John married Sarah..., or Sarah married John.... If the No evidence that this couple ever married option has been selected, the default changes to "had a relationship with". John had a relationship with Sarah..., or Sarah had a relationship with John.... (The defaults for these two phrases can be changed globally in the Options > Customize > View > Default Family View Labels and Report Wording box.) If you want to change the phrase for this marriage/partnership only, you can type a new phrase into the box. Keep in mind that this phrase is used to build the beginning of a sentence. The sentence will then have the date and place added to it. John married Sarah on 12 Dec 1888 in London, England...
Overriding the Report Phrases
If you would like to completely change the narrative wording that Legacy normally uses to construct a sentence for a report, you can change it to anything you want to. Whereas the default wording above automatically inserts the first name of each of the spouses/partners, these new override phrases does not. You must include the names in the phrase. This gives you the option to modify the names and to change the order of the parts. Johnny took Sarah as his wife ... or Johnny and Sarah got married ... or John married his high school sweetheart Sarah .... Again, this is the beginning portion of a sentence that will have the date and location added to it, so keep this in mind.
You must construct two versions of the sentence, one describing the husband's first marriage (or partnership) and the other describing the wife's first marriage.
Default Report Phrases if this is Not the First Marriage
Similar to the wording for a first marriage, the default phrase used for a second or later marriage is "next married" or "next had a relationship with". John next married Sarah..., or Sarah next had a relationship with John.... If you want to change the phrase for this subsequent marriage/partnership only, you can type a new phrase into the box.
Overriding the Report Phrases
Just as with the first marriage, you can enter your own wording for later marriages. Later in his life Johnny got remarried to Ruth ... or Several years after her divorce, Sarah met a man named Alfred and they were married .... Again, this is the beginning portion of a sentence that will have the date and location added to it, so don't put a period at the end.
Again, as with the first marriage, you must construct two versions of the sentence.
Other word substitutes
You can also change the terms Spouse and Marriage to other words that will be used in various reporting situations.
When entering information, Legacy offers a feature to help you quickly enter international characters. See Special Characters.
(To use the tagging feature in Legacy you must have the tagging option turned on. This is done on the General tab of the Options > Customize screen. See Customize-General Settings for more information.)
Add an Additional Marriage
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