Instead of my usual Wedding Wednesday post, I thought I would shake it up a bit.
I record marriage details in my Legacy program. These can include the following:
- Date of marriage
- Place of marriage
- Witnesses to marriage
- Married by – name of Pastor, Priest or Justice of the Peace who performed the ceremony
- Where they went for their honeymoon
- Status of the marriage – Divorced, husband or wife deceased, Common law etc.
- Date & detail of the divorce
Out of curiosity I wondered how many couples I have in my database who are listed as divorced?
I’ve never thought to review this statistic before.
I used Search>Find>Detailed Search and filled in the boxes as follows
With the click of a mouse the list was created.
My Legacy database contains 6287 individuals. Of those there are 2424 that are married.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD YOU GUESS ARE ON THE LIST?
I had no idea. And certainly, I am not privy to the status on all the marriages I’ve recorded.
There were 166 people on the list – making for 83 divorced couples. Taking the number of individuals I have as married and dividing it into 166 people that are divorced, I get a total percentage of divorces of .0684.
Is that a lot or not too many? Again, I have no idea.
I know my Dad divorced twice, my Mom once. My 3 lifelong friends all have divorced parents.
I think it’s much more common today, but it certainly wasn’t unheard of during our grandparents & great grandparent’s times. As evidenced by my report.
Have you ever run this report for your own tree? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I know all you Legacy users out there can create the report and I expect the other programs have something similar.
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