"Unnamed father So-n-so" when adding siblings?

+1 vote
Is this new? if so, I don't like it. It's not practical to make assumptions. In the case where I noticed it, the family name has changed over time and I have no idea what the "original name" could be. If this is new, can we reverse it from doing it automatically?
in Genealogy Help by Rob Hoyt G2G3 (3.3k points)
retagged by Chris Whitten

2 Answers

0 votes

not an answer to your question, but thank you for asking it.  I'm brand new, excited about contributing, and encountered this problem immediately...with no idea what I'd done to generate this extra profile (now I know, thanks to you). 

I asked the manager of the "real" father what I should do - he suggested merging the unnamed father with the real one and gave me the link for getting that done: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Merging



by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (558k points)
+3 votes
Hi Rob,

This isn't new. It's the only way to add a sibling when neither parent is known. We have to create a placeholder for one of the parents.

The way we store data, "sibling" isn't a relationship. A person's siblings aren't stored anywhere. Sibling is an inferred relationship. It's based on sharing a parent.

It would be much more complex for everyone if we stored sibling relationships independent of parentage.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Figures you'd have a fairly reasonable answer to this! Thanks :-)

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