Add an Existing Person as a Spouse in Family Tree Maker

Adding a spouse in genealogy software Family Tree Maker is intuitive when it’s a person you haven’t yet added to your tree. What’s not intuitive is how to connect two people who are already in your tree. Take heart though; it’s easy once you know the trick.

The term for linking people in Family Tree Maker is attach. Without knowing that it can be difficult to find the topic in the built-in help index. Looking in the table of contents for “add spouse” will yield instructions for adding a new spouse, but not attaching one. You won’t need the built-in help though because I made a video to show you how it’s done.
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The Varied Ways to Add a Spouse in Reunion 9

Adding spouses is a common task undertaken with any genealogy software. It’s also one of the sources of dreaded duplicate records. Considering the frequency of use and the perils, it makes sense to take the time to understand the subtleties of how to add spouses in your genealogy program.

In the genealogy software, Reunion 9 for Mac, you can add new people as spouses (people for whom there is no record in the family file) or people for whom a record already exists in your family file. You can add a spouse to a family card where there is already a different spouse and to one where there is not. In combination there are four situations, all of which I cover in this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Adding a Spouse in the Reunion for Macintosh Genealogy Software. I also show you how to add a same-gender partner.

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Setting the Preferred Spouse in Reunion 9

Tired of having to switch spouses after navigating to a family card for a relative with multiple spouses? Well, you’re in luck. The spouse you want displayed by default can be configured quite easily in genealogy software, Reunion for Mac.

In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Setting the Preferred Spouse in the Reunion for Macintosh Genealogy Software, I show you how it’s done.

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How to Order a Spouse

No, this isn’t about telling your spouse what to do, or even obtaining a new partner via mail-order; it’s about how to change the order of spouses in the genealogy software, Reunion 9 for Mac.

Putting spouses in the correct order—ascending order of marriage—improves consistency of the spouse popup menu and prevents a problem in lists: when a record for a woman with multiple husbands is in a list that includes the married name field, and the married name fact is not populated, the most recent husband’s surname is used for the woman’s. Okay, that explanation is a great example of how trying to teach with the written word isn’t as effective as a demonstration. It’s actually quite simple when you see it.

Watch this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, How to Change the Order Spouses in the Reunion for Macintosh Genealogy Software, so you can change the order of spouses in Reunion 9 for Mac and clear up any confusion I may have caused by my description of the potential problem with lists.

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

GenealogyTools Members, download this video to your computer for your private use.