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Trouble With Half Siblings

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Re: Trouble With Half Siblings

Posted: 6 Jan 2013 12:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Jan 2013 12:38PM GMT
Welcome to the world of complications of relationships.

The problems you allude to aren't the only ones.

In addition to steps showing up in descendant charts and reports as if they are descendants of a step-parent (regardless of who is preferred), if you select a step-parent as the preferred parent (over the blood parent) and run an ancestral report, the report will be ancestors of the step-parent - who aren't related to the step-child.

I suggest people never enter any parents except natural blood parents and never setup step relationships. Make all your reports one of blood begatting blood. Otherwise, you will end up in a bloody mess after a few years.

You are dealing here with your own family and people you know. As the years go by and you enter more and more ancestors and prior and subsequent marriages of spouses, you will end up with mistakes that you don't even recognize becaue you forgot that Jim Smith's (born 1850) 4 generations of descendants should not be in his step-fathers list of descendants.

As for the relationships show in the upper right of the family tab, or in the Relationship Calculator - I would suggest to make suggestions to their enhancement page. This relationship calculator is pretty good, but it still comes up with questionable relationships.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
daushaus 6 Jan 2013 1:58PM GMT 
daushaus 6 Jan 2013 2:41PM GMT 
curmil 7 Jan 2013 12:53AM GMT 
daushaus 7 Jan 2013 3:04AM GMT 
silverfox3280 6 Jan 2013 7:35PM GMT 
daushaus 6 Jan 2013 11:04PM GMT 
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