Thanks all for the heads-up that 3.0 will allow me to create a parent-less family. I have the one "sibling" in the family and will now try and add these disconnected individuals even though there are no parents. I think I didn't dig deep enough because I was unable to figure out how to do it. It's nice to know at least that 3.0 will support it. That means there is a way!

Martin; when I have an unknown name I insert a question mark in place of that name. I've been doing it this way for 10 years now (not with GRAMPS but FTM software). It's too late for me to change this now and it works for me because I know why the question mark is there.  :)

As far as confidence level; I've been inserting/using the low-confidence name and then in SOURCES marking where I got the info...this is, until a better-sourced name comes along. I've not been doing much data entry with GRAMPS and sources there, so have not had this occur using GRAMPS software of anywhere. I've been slow to catch on to how very different "sources" are in GRAMPs and I've also really slowed down on working on my gen lately so I haven't had this happen yet in GRAMPS.

Thanks again,

> Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:22:54 -0400
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Gramps-users] disconnected individuals part 2
> (This releases a bunch of pent-up questions...)
> I have a related question. Is there a preferred way to show names and
> persons that are unknown? Many times, alas, we know a mother's name but
> not her maiden name. Sometimes I see a name like "Mary UNKNOWN", but
> this makes for odd looking reports. Likewise, "Mary ?".
> To my mind, gramps should carry a flag with each given and family name,
> which would allow for an unknown name. This would be better than
> creating one called "UNKNOWN" or "?". Report writers could then deal
> with that situation in some intelligent way.
> Another case that occurs to me: What if we have an uncertain name?
> I.e., we _think_ it's Mary, but we are unsure. I suppose this can be
> handled by declaring the source to have "Low Confidence", but the
> uncertainty is "hidden" (several dialogs down) to the casual browser.
> And yet one more question: How to deal with the possibility of
> multiple, low-reliability sources? For example, I have one ancestor
> with 2 or 3 birth dates! For now, I am including them all as "low
> confidence" sources, but I wonder if there's a better way?
> I imagine you could generalize an "unknown" flag to be a confidence
> variable (0=unknown, 10=certain), which could be displayed next to any
> database field. As usual, it's easier to suggest than to implement!
> Cheers,
> Martin
> Laura Mellen wrote:
> > Hello again,
> >
> > In digging deeper, I have discovered many of my disconnected
> > individuals are siblings of those already in my tree. However, in most
> > cases, there are no parents. Upon creating my gramps files from a
> > gedcom, it took these siblings and disconnected them.
> >
> > When a person in my tree passes away I list the siblings if shown in
> > the paper. Or perhaps it's from a wedding that shows "siblings" I'm
> > not sure. But I do know that I don't have a name for the parents.
> >
> > How can I connect them as siblings to others already in my database
> > when there are no known parent names?
> >
> > Thank you!
> > Laura
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