"Marriage" needs to be added as a source tag (along with name, sex, birth, christening, death, and b
edited October 21, 2021 in Suggest an Idea
Kathleen Walker said: When tagging sources we only have the options of name, sex, birth, christening, death, and burial. That excludes one of the three most important vital records - marriage! I would be so grateful if you would add that tag because otherwise the only thing that a marriage record provides is name and sex!
Tom Huber said: You will not find any arguments from the general community here on Get Satisfaction for FamilySearch.
There are underlying issues that have to first be resolved. I've covered them in the past, but they basically deal with a shortcut that FS took when it set up tagging sources, and it impacts the way the change log works (and filters) changes. Basically, instead of treating each entry as just one entry, which should be tagged to supporting sources, (regardless of where it appears -- whether in Vitals, Other Information, or the Family Section), someone took a shortcut and decided to track by entry type. Thus, all custom events are lumped together so that when I want to see what changes took place for a particular custom event, I get all of them.
That same issue plagues tagging sources and as such, that needs to be resolved first. I don't know what, if anything, FamilySearch is doing to rectify the issue, but we have been told that FS is considering making notes tagable to events, so that we no longer will have to use the reason area for that purpose.
The other issue is that the Family Section needs some serious work. Right now, it has been patched, but those patches are completely inadequate to what needs to be done. There has been quite a bit of pushback in even considering a better Family Section, including, but not limited to other couple events, such as acquiring a marriage license, reading banns, anniversaries, and so on. These are events that often have strong sources to support their entries. For instance, my Great Grandfather and his wife celebrated a fiftieth wedding anniversary and there are two photographs of the family's gathering on that occasion.
So, like I said, you will not find many of us who do not support the need for tagging, not only marriage events, but all facts and events concerning an individual as well as their involvement as part of the couple (husband and wife).1
Kathleen Walker said: I appreciate your expertise in this and the comments that you have made. I'm hopeful that these issues can be resolved because it feels like 90% of the time when I click on the link to find out more about a person's marriage information (the little box next to the marriage date and place on the Person page), no source has been added, even though a full date and place has been provided (logically implying that the information WAS taken from a source). The ability for people to click a box to tag a marriage would greatly facilitate that lack within the marriage "box" (the one that comes up when you click the little one) itself. I hope, after you read this missive for the second or third time, that you'll understand what I have clumsily said.0
I agree that we need a change to make tagging sources to marriage fact, easier. It took me 12 clicks to get the source to the marriage event, after I did a merge for a child and then the parents, the source came across but did not tag to the marriage details. Is there a way to request an urgent change to this situation?0