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How can I attach / detach existing people in my online family tree?

If you use Family Tree Builder to build your tree, please read the following article: How can I attach / detach existing people in Family Tree Builder?

Sometimes it’s necessary to create or remove relationship between existing people in your tree without adding or deleting them.

Here are a few examples when you may need doing this:

  1. Show marriage between relatives (e.g. attach cousins as spouses without listing any of them in the tree twice)
  2. Add connection / fix wrong connection between children, parents or spouses
  3. Move an entire branch in the family tree

In such cases you should use ‘Connect / Remove connection’ feature:

‘Connect’, as opposed to ‘Add’, lets you draw a connecting line between two people who are already in the tree.

‘Remove connection’ removes that connection without deleting any of the individuals.

To remove connection between two people:

1. Click on the ‘+’ icon on the relevant card:
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2. Choose ‘Remove connection’.

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3. A side panel will open up, with two options: disconnect person from a parent or from a partner:

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Note: You cannot disconnect person from a child. Instead you should open child’s card and disconnect him/her from parents.

In order to connect people in your online family tree:

1. Click on the ‘+’ icon on the relevant card:
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2. Choose ‘Connect to existing person’:

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A side panel will open up, with three options: connect person to a parent, to a partner or to a child.

Choose the relevant option.

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3. Start typing the name of the individual in the tree you want to connect the person to. Select the correct name from the list in the drop-down menu.

4. If you choose to attach to a parent, you will need to choose the relevant spouse (if the parent has more than one spouse):

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Note: It is not possible to connect person A and B as siblings. Instead, you will need to connect both to the same parents – which will make them siblings.

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