Gender of Children and One Other
I just wanted to briefly leave a message- as we used to be able to do- not join a forum discussion that is not easily found- nor will I attempt to find it again.
I find that I am constantly annoyed by the message that children must have a gender. This is practical- not political. Obituaries CONSTANTLY mention children that die in infancy- without naming them or identifying their sex. I just entered six additional unidentified children, today, and ignored entering ten the other day, because of the ridiculous guideline of entering sex of unidentified children. I deal with this every day, as I am entering obituaries for an entire county. It seems a ridiculous requirement- when, obviously, all children dying in infancy cannot be named or known by sex. We used to be able to do this. It is not an improvement. At any given moment a novice genealogist will see that message and either remove the children or merge them. This is too much work to constantly have it undone.
My second message is in response to attempting to post this message- it is too difficult to find; forum format is undesirable for those just wishing to leave a comment; I shan't monitor this as it was never my intent to precipitate a discussion. Life is too short to get bogged in the weeds of non- genealogy.