How do I do my tree if I am adopted

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Hey all, hope someone can help.  I was born Douglas G. Foster.  My biological parents are Lawrence Foster & Sheila Henry.  At 3 months of age I was given to my aunt & uncle for adoption.  At birth, my biological mother & adoptive dad are brother & sister.  So how do I do my tree.  I am enclined to only do my tree based off info about my adoptive parents.  But when I go to do my mom's side, I find myself at a crossroads about how to do it.

SO on my tree I have my biological father, my adopted mom & dad, & my biological mother.

I am wanting to continue on the tree using my adopted mothers family, but I have no blood tie to them.  Should I go forward with her family, or leave it blank.  At this point I know very little about them.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
in Genealogy Help by Doug Henry G2G Rookie (190 points)
edited by Doug Henry
You pose a very interesting question.  First I think I would create two trees myself, but you could still merge them and put yourself as a child to each of your sets of parents.  I'm new to this tree setup so it might not look very traditional.  If merging you might consider listing you last name differently, using Foster for one, and Henry for the other with possibly a hyphenated name.

Using text comments with both of your names you could identify yourself, but I don't know how it would look having two profiles with the same name.  I will try to follow this post to see what the pro's on the board have to say.  I know you can have alternate names on most trees.

Good luck.  It might look like the top part of your tree might have some branches that look like they need a good trim.  After you get that figured out it should be easy to consider what you kids trees will look like, maybe?

Obviously below there are already some better answers to pretty much this same question I see now.

1 Answer

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Doug -

You can only link one set of parents directly from your profile, and it's entirely up to you whether you choose to link to your adoptive parents or your birth parents.

If you wish to reflect a second set of parents (whichever set you do not link to using the fields), you can do this in the Biography section with an explanation.

My mother and my birth father were never married, and my mother's third husband adopted me when I was twelve - so I have a Biological Father, a Birth Father 'of Record', AND an adoptive father whose last name I now share.  You can see how I handled this by taking a look at my profile.

Let me know if I can help you figure it out further!

- Mike
by Michael Gabbard G2G6 Mach 2 (20.6k points)

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