In my own tree where I have a married woman whose maiden name I do not know I use her married name, but in brackets. 

I use Ancestry for on-line collaboration and periodically import an Ancestry GEDCOM into Gramps, to make use of Gramps' superior reporting and searching capabilities. Actually, Ancestry doesn't have any reporting and searching worth talking about!

I prefer to use the married name in brackets rather than a "?" because at least then your "unknowns" have a grouping of sorts.

I don't have to worry about any European Royalty in my tree! :-)

On 19 November 2012 20:51, J. Allen Crider <software-eng@cridermcdowellfamily.com> wrote:
I'm interested in how other Gramps users handle surnames for people with
no surname or for whom the surname is unknown.

I've been following the practice in the data I was given as a starting
point several years ago when I began working on genealogy, which is to
use "?" for the surname for people that the surname is unknown (usually
women whose maiden names are unknown) and leaving the surname blank when
there is no surname (mostly European royalty).

The only problem this has caused me is that when I generate a Narrated
Web Site, the only way to access data for people with no surnames is
from the Individuals page (which takes a long time to load because there
are over 35,000 people in my database) or from other pages that have
links to them.

Thanks,
Allen Crider

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