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relationships - How do I use it correctly ?

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Dear Billion Graves,

  I would appreciate some guidance on using the Relationships function.

  Currently the application automatically records all the names as "Relationships on the headstone".

  However, the application has no way knowing the type or relationship eg Husband and Wife.

  If I add a relationship using the "Relationships added by users" function, I can record the type of relationship.

  My question is :

     For a given headstone, where the relationship has been automatically recorded, should I be adding  relationship so as to record its type ?

thanks

asked Mar 28, 2016 in Other by Ash BG Beginner (150 points)

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Ash: For now, since there is not a simple way to establish a particular relationship in "relatiioinships on the stone", I have chosen not to use the "relationships" features very much. There is just too much ambiguity, in my opinion. Even if the stone clearly says "Annie" wife of the above John Lennon", there is not a place to clearly express that in the "relationships on the stone" functions. I have noticed that some others have chosen just to transcribe the entire set of stone inscriptions into the field marked "Grave Description". I suspect that BG is trying to resolve this relationships function, at least I hope so.  It would be very nice to have drop-down menu that gives us the option to add a definite relationship.

If the "relationships added by users" was a lot more convenient I might be using it more often, but now I am just using it for rather complicated family plot situations, where you might have a father an adult daughter buried in a dual plot, and it looks like a husband/wife but is not. And I only do that when I have found the correct information in alternate sources like the genealogy sites and other grave indexes.

I hope that someone from BG will reply to you with some response that this will become more usable with better data integrity, along with some posted guidelines on how they expecttus to use these functions where the functionality is not pretty obvious.
answered Mar 28, 2016 by dswright BG Master (30,600 points)
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