>If a "sarah smith" is married to a "kevin jones,
>will a search for "sarah jones" succeed?
It should, shouldn't it.
I hesitate to comment, as I'm no longer a active user of Gramps, but
what the heck. The software I've been using lately allows you to set a
unique alias for an individual, which you can use any place where you
might use an id. Very handy when you're working on some particular group
of individuals. I spose you could do something similar with a tag,
aliasing Sarah Smith to '-> sarah jones', or whatever. Another thing I
can do is assign someone to a network, say 'jones family', and search on
that. An individual can be in multiple networks. This kind of strategy
distinguishes between what might be displayed in a report, and what you
might need to find tomorrow.
Perhaps the point should also be made that maiden (birth family) names
are vital in research, and should always be recorded.
I don't record married names as alternates. I'm lazy, I have masses of
yet to be organised data, and anyway, I have a marriage or other event
to point me in the right direction if need be.