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Re: When a relative is not a relative...

Hello Joseph,

Are the persons you are concerned about just in your "database", or are they connected to a family member in your family tree, but are not actually related...collateral or otherwise? I ask because in my case the "database" consists of over 18,000 individuals. Those that are actual documented members of my "direct family tree" number just under 3,000.

You may ask why so many people in the database? Well, it includes my ancestral and descendant families, those of my wife and my ex-wife, who is the mother of my children, the families of my children's spouses and so forth and so on. I feel these "extras" are important for my children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren to know their maternal and paternal ancestors and collateral families as I can best determine.

If you're using Family Tree Maker there is virtually no limit as to the number of individuals allowed and they (individuals) may be linked (attached) or unlinked (detached) as you decide their realtionships. The two options under the "people" dropdown are ...add an unrelated individual...or fix relationship, which allows for the attachment/detachment process.

Let me stop here before I add more confusion to the situation, but to paraphrase a song "it's your tree, do what you want to do" :)

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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