How do I add or change marriage information in Family Tree?

In Family Tree, couple relationships connect people who were married, who lived together, who had children together, or who otherwise considered themselves a couple.

"Marriage events" are stored with the couple relationship. The events detail the creation or ending of a couple's relationship. You can add, edit, and delete five types of marriage events in Family Tree:

  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Annulment
  • Common-law
  • Lived together

A couple can have more than one marriage event, such as both a marriage and a divorce. Sometimes you find that a couple has duplicate marriage events. You can delete duplicates.
Marriage events affect how information in Family Tree is displayed. When a person has more than one spouse, the spouses are listed in chronological order by marriage event.

The amount of marriage information visible on Family Tree varies according to the different tree views.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.org
  2. Navigate to the person page of the individual or spouse.
  3. If you do not see Vitals near the top of the page, click Details.
  4. Scroll to the Family Members section.
  5. Click the Edit icon for the couple (looks like a pencil inside of a square).
  6. Add a marriage event:
    1. Click Add Event.
    2. Click the down arrow, and click the event type.
    3. Enter the date and place.
    4. Explain how you know that this event information is correct.
    5. Click Save.
  7. Change an existing marriage event:
    1. Click the Edit icon for the couple.
    2. Find the existing event, and click Edit.
    3. Make changes.
    4. Explain how you know the change that you made is correct.
    5. Click Save.
  8. Delete a marriage event:
    1. Click the Edit icon for the couple.
    2. Find the event, and click Edit.
    3. In the lower right corner of the edit screen, click Delete.
    4. Enter the reason you are deleting the event.
    5. Click Delete Event.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, navigate to the Person page of the individual or spouse.
  2. Tap Spouses.
  3. Tap the Edit icon next to the Marriage entry (looks like a pencil).
  4. Add a marriage event:
    1. Tap Add Event.
    2. Tap the down arrow, and tap the event type.
    3. Enter the date and place.
    4. Tap Continue.
    5. Explain how you know that this event information is correct.
    6. Tap Save.
  5. Edit an existing marriage event:
    1. Tap the Edit icon for the marriage event you want to change.
    2. Tap Edit.
    3. You can edit the event type, date, and place.
    4. Explain why you feel the information is correct.
    5. Tap Save.
  6. Delete a marriage event:
    1. Tap the Edit icon for the marriage event you want to delete.
    2. Tap Delete Marriage Event
    3. Explain why you are deleting the event.
    4. Tap Delete.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

In Family Tree Lite, you can add four types of marriage events: Marriage, Divorce, Common Law, and Annulment. The Lived Together event is unavailable in Family Tree Lite. To add the Lived Together event, use the web version of Family Tree or the mobile Family Tree app.
 

  1. Sign in to Family Tree Lite
  2. Navigate to the Person page of the individual or spouse.
  3. Tap the Edit icon for the couple's marriage information. (It looks like a square with a pencil in it.)
  4. Add a marriage event:
    1. In the Marriage Events section, tap Add Event.
    2. Tap the down arrow and tap the couple event type.
    3. Enter the date and place.
    4. Explain how you know that this event information is correct.
    5. Tap Save.
  5. Edit an exiting marriage event:
    1. Tap the event.
    2. Tap Edit
    3. You can edit the event type, date, and place.
    4. Explain how you know that this event information is correct.
    5. Tap Save.
  6. Delete a marriage event:
    1. Tap the marriage event that you want to delete.
    2. Tap Delete.
    3. Explain why you are deleting the event.
    4. Tap Delete.

Technical issues?

  • If you are unable to enter a marriage date, it can be because one of the spouses is not in Family Tree. Both spouses must show in Family Tree before you can enter information about the marriage. You can find and attach a spouse or create a record.
  • You see this error: "Save failed. This data already exists." Family Tree lets you associate one event with a date and place combination. If one version exists, you cannot add another one to match it. Instead, delete the incorrect event.

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