What does it mean when the relationship finder lists someone as uncertain?

+6 votes
What does it mean when the relationship finder lists someone as uncertain?
in Genealogy Help by Wendy Beecher G2G2 (2.8k points)
retagged by Steven Harris

Mostly it simply means the parent-child relationship radio button was not clicked for anything.  There are four options :

  • is non-biological
  • is uncertain
  • is confident
  • is confirmed with DNA

You can see that I have clicked confident for Bernard William's relationship with his parents,  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/MacGroarty-2

If someone is linking adoptive parents (usually because the bio parents are not known) they would click the non-biological button.

2 Answers

+4 votes
The Help pages describe when to use these, basically of you have a source that is primary and supports the relationship you should select confident, otherwise if only a family tree or something it would be uncertain . Confirmed would be due to DNA testing only (because documents can be incorrect due to error or intentionally wrong to hide relationships)
by Jonathan Crawford G2G6 Pilot (227k points)
+2 votes
It will also show up  when a profile manager or other person forgot to check non-biological or confident or confirmed with DNA.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

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