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Extended family or step children
Barbara Bolton
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How do you add a step brother or step sister to your family tree without it coming up as someone else i.e.  your brother or sisterand can you inlcude their parent? 
Barbara Bolton
Bermuda
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RE: Extended family or step children
Martin Chipperfield
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Hi Barbara

What you will need to do is add the step parent by adding another spouse to the natural parent.. Then you must also add an additional spouse to the step parent.

You can then switch between the two relationships of the step parent adding children accordingly.

Any children added to Parent and Step Parent will become Half Siblings.

Any children added to Step Parent and the step parents previous spouse will become Step Siblings.

I hope this helps and if you are unsure of the above procedures, please ask and I will explain in more detail.

Best regards

Martin

Martin Chipperfield
Belvedere, Kent
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RE: Extended family or step children [2]
Shelley O'Meara
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Martin,

 Can you tell me how to do this (if it is possible on this program) so that it doesn't show as another marriage?  For instance, my brother had a child with his former fiancee', but they never married.  Now my brother is married and has two other children with his wife.  When I followed your directions, everything was right (half-sibs, etc), except it shows that my brother was married twice, which isn't accurate.  Is there a way to correct this, or do I just need to make notes about it?

 Thanks!

Shelley

Shelley O'Meara
Las Vegas, NV
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RE: Extended family or step children [3]
Martin Chipperfield
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Hi Shelly

What you will need to do is display your brother with the former fiancée and then click on EDIT on the right hand side of the box BELOW the boxes of your brother and his former fiancée.

Next click on the top line which should say "Edit details of (brother) and (former fiancée')"

This should display another window where at the bottom you should see details of the marriage (or in this case nothing, as they never got that far), however, if you click the drop down on the very bottom field, you can change the status from 'Married' to something more suitable such as 'Friends'

After clicking on OK you should then find that the status changes from Married to Friends as you switch between the two partners for you brother.

I hope that is what you were looking for.

Best regards

Martin

Martin Chipperfield
Belvedere, Kent
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RE: Extended family or step children [4]
Orlando Miller
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I've tried the directions sent to Shelly for adding in my biological son from a previous relationship to show as my current wife's step-son.  The problem is, the system now shows my ex-girlfriend (son's mother) as the step-mother of my daughter (with my current wife).  I was never married to ex-gf, my daughter came long after we'd broken up and I have tried the "friends", "unknown" and "other" status.  Nothing works.  Any advice from anyone will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your time. 
Orlando Miller
Anderson, SC
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