Wondering how to add my adopted son and daughter

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I have 2 adopted children, one from China and one from our local social services.  Do I put their birth names in rather than their adopted names?  Also how do I show they are my children - yet not my biological children?  I am totally new to Wikitree and can't seem to find this information.  Thanks for any help!
asked in WikiTree Help by Vernell Schutte G2G Crew (430 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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Hi Vernell - excellent question!


Here's one help file with some suggestions. There are two approaches - if you want to keep your tree as "genetic" you won't want to add them as "genetic children" as it will mislead researchers. In which case you would add them as separate profiles, and add links to them in the biography indicating that they were adopted and if possible, work towards adding their biological parents.

However, if you want to include them as your children, you can add them as normal, but go back to them and edit their relationship as Non-Biological. Either way works fine.
answered by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (351k points)
selected by Vernell Schutte
For names - I'd recommend using their birth names (unless you are keeping that information confidential) as their LNAB and their new names in the Current Last Name or Other Last Name fields. The other fields for First Name, Middle Name and such can be used to show both first names if their FN/MN changed during their adoption.

Of course if privacy is a concern, please feel free to use what is appropriate for you and mark the profiles in whatever state is needed, especially if they are minors.
Thank you.  I think I will want to use this site as genetic.  So, not to be a nuisance, but how do I put a link in the biography?  Thanks so much for your help!!
Vernell, I see no one answered your last question.

In your bio, you could write something like

== Children ==

# [[Smith-123|John Smith]] (adopted)

Where Smith-123 is the profile ID of the profile you created for your adopted child. Notice that the profile ID is followed by a “pipe.” — that vertical bar on your keyboard. This separates the profile I’d from the way you want the link displayed (“John Smith”).

Then on John’s page, you can similarly add a link in his narrative back to your profile.

Hope this is helpful.
That is a great help!  Thank you!

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