My mother was adopted at age 1 and how do I set up a separate profile for her with her biological mother?

+10 votes
Where do I add the new profile for the adopted person, at the top do I click on profile-new profile? Create a Profile for Anything page? At that page, what is "Location", "start date", "end date"?
in WikiTree Tech by Linda Youcha G2G Crew (460 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

2 Answers

+10 votes
Best answer

To create a new person profile in this situation, click that "New Profile" link as you did, then select "Add unrelated people." Otherwise you're creating a profile for a place or a thing instead of a person.

Generally we don't recommend having two profiles for the same person. Obviously, that's counter to our "one world tree" mission. But it might make sense in a few cases and perhaps makes sense for you to do here.

The basic instructions on adoptions are here:

Since every person on the tree can only have one mother and one father, we generally recommend choosing whichever you feel is more appropriate and linking to the other parent(s) in the text of the page.

One reason it might make sense to have different profiles for your mother is if her name would be different too. That is, you want to include the name her birth parents gave her instead of the name her adoptive parents gave her. That switches the weight a little more on the side of two profiles.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Gloria Lange
+11 votes
Linda, I had a similar situation with one of my family and what I've chosen to do is similar to what the FAQ suggests (but not quite)...

I've created the foster/adoptive parents as separate people but linked to them through a standard paragraph that I've placed in the biography of all of the people involved:

It looks like this...

[[Gillham-25|Maisie Gillham]]'s biological mother was [[Gillham-30|Mabel May Gillham]] but there were plans for her to be adopted by [[Flinn-38|Thomas Horatio Flinn]] and [[Hill-5326|Lillian Elizabeth Hill]] before Tom's untimely death - here is [ their story].

(all of the bracketted text will be displayed as links to profiles or in the last case an external website)
A nice feature of WikiTree is that any link that is redundant (because it points to the page you are on) is automatically bolded instead of being a link.

by Wombat Allen G2G6 Mach 2 (22.1k points)
Great addition, Wombat. Thanks!

Related questions

+4 votes
1 answer
+5 votes
1 answer
112 views asked Dec 25, 2020 in Policy and Style by Deborah Green G2G6 Mach 1 (15.2k points)
+4 votes
3 answers
118 views asked Dec 24, 2018 in WikiTree Help by John Nash G2G6 Mach 1 (11.3k points)
+5 votes
2 answers
+17 votes
2 answers
436 views asked Nov 11, 2017 in The Tree House by Misty Musco G2G6 Mach 2 (26.1k points)
+8 votes
1 answer
145 views asked Apr 13, 2016 in WikiTree Tech by Jillian Gilbride G2G Crew (400 points)
+11 votes
1 answer
988 views asked Jun 21, 2014 in Genealogy Help by Paige McGhee G2G Crew (770 points)
+3 votes
2 answers

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright