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Names - married name in death sentences #names #alternatenames #death

RootsMagic 7 offers no means of using an Alternate Name value in its sentence template language for events for any fact type other than Alternate Name. Some users want to use a wife's married name (husband's surname) for her events after Marriage, especially the end-of-life events as the married name is commonly recorded or engraved on headstones. Within RootsMagic, the only workarounds are to customize each event sentence to incorporate the husband's surname literally, not as a field, or to share the event with the husband which then enables retrieval of the husband's name in a custom default sentence. Either way is labour intensive.

This script carries out the first workaround in a matter of seconds, applying a custom local sentence to each of the end-of-life events for a wife having a valid Marriage event. It does not touch the events of a person with no Marriage event nor one with a subsequent Annulment or Divorce event. A polygamist woman would take the name of the last groom. It ignores Alternate Names but perhaps that is a possible enhancement that would be desirable to accommodate name hybrids such as maidenname-husbandname.