How to Fix a Relationship

Don’t you just hate it when a relationship fails? I mean you work real hard to make everything work just right and then this happens.

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Oh, I’m sorry, my last blog was Kiss and I guess you thought I was writing about Love.

Well in a way I am, I love Genealogy and want to get the family tree relationships to work out.

But I am having relationships problems as slide 1 of 41 will show.

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Somehow in creating the tree I ended up with two (2) fathers and a son who is not in the main branch.

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I could remove the one father but then the son would also be deleted.

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or I could remove the other father but then the five (5) children would be deleted.

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But there is a solution and the first thing I do is check to see the up line. If I am to remove someone I have to make sure others don’t get removed along with them. In this case neither of the fathers has an up line so I can proceed.

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We will first move Albert from one father to the other; fix the relationship.

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We want Albert to be part of the larger family and it is easier to move him than to move each of the five other children.

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We mouse over Albert’s picture and get a panel where we can click on Albert’s profile page button.

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And we bring up his Profile page.

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Here on his profile page we make a note of who is listed as his father.

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We want to EDIT the relationship.

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So when the edit page comes up guess what we select

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we click on relationships

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We now have the relationships page

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and we see who is listed as the father.

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we first want to add an alternate father

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This brings up a screen where we could type in new information but we already have a father

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So we Select from list

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and a list of all the people on the tree comes up.

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lucky for me that this is a small tree; we find the father we want to add

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Since I wrote down the names I know what I have to do

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I will Select Spence, William

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and we get the relationships page again but now Albert has two fathers.

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We can now remove one of the fathers

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and we know that William Benjamin Spence has to go, so we hit Remove

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and we get this panel telling us that we are just removing the person

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We say OKAY! and get taken back to relationships page

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and now Albert has only one father on the relationships page

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and we are DONE with this part of the relationship problem.
We could stay on this page and make other changes if we wanted to but since all we wanted to do was change the relationship we hit done.

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We are now back on Albert’s profile page.

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and we see that the new father is listed

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but we want to see his family tree to make sure

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And so we see he is now part of the large family under one father

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We can now go ahead and delete the second father who shouldn’t be there.

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so we mouse over his picture and get this panel

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and go into quick edit

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and we get this panel which allows us to do stuff

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but all we want to do is delete him

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again we are given a second chance to change our minds

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but we know we what him gone so we hit OK

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So now we see that we have fixed the bad relationship

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We went from the messy relationship to a nice clean one.

Now that wasn’t so hard was it?

It sure beats having to buy flowers and go through a big make up scene.

I hope that you will be able to fix your troubling relationships using these HOW TO steps.

Thank You.

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

3 comments

    1. You’re welcome.
      I am glad that my “step by step” instructions helped you, and glad that you let me know it helped, because I always wonder if my work helped anyone.
      Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
      If you take a look at “Table Index of Blogs w/links” posting, you will see there are several “HOW TO” pieces that I’ve written but their titles don’t really say they are “HOW TO” pieces. The Index will allow you to see which are “HOW TO” without having to read all the 70+ postings.
      There are so many little things that one encounters on a tree or on making a tree that makes one think “I wish I knew how to fix or do that.” I am trying to document all those pesky problems and give some step by step instructions for fixing them. If you have some particular “annoying” problem that you would like to fix, let me know and I will try to come up with a “step by step” solution. Even more importantly if you have solved a problem and know how to fix it, let me know and I will go through the trouble of documenting it “step by step” for the readers
      Thank You again for visiting and for the kind words.
      Take Care.
      Jose

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