What do I do if there are multiple spouses listed?
In this case there are two deceased wives listed. How can I add both of them under the same record/name?
You would only index the most current wife unless the project instructions specifically say otherwise, which would be very rare. Here is the Help Center article:
When the document lists multiple spouses or parents, index only the current spouse or parents. Here are some quick guidelines for these situations:
- For multiple spouses, index only the present or current spouse.
- For multiple parents, such as a set of birth parents and a set of adoptive parents, index only the current set of adoptive parents.
- Do not add records to include the other individuals. The information is not lost. After we publish the records, researchers can view the image and gather any additional information in it.
But this does not work when the children are of a previous spouse - either deceased or divorced. The children would be added with an incorrect parent and ancestor tree. Or there are children from more than one spouse.1
It does work for the purposes of indexing. We are creating an index to make these names searchable so that they can be found and the images acquired. What the researcher does with the information on the image is up to them.1