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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Adding a Spouse in Family Tree Maker 2009

Adding a spouse to a person’s record in your genealogy software is a very common task. In this video I show you click-by-click, how it’s done. This includes three ways to begin the process of adding a spouse, using the date calculator, and adding a source citation with an image of the record.

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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.

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.