One or two trees? Father unknown

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Problem: several possible fathers among the many James Burns cousins.  We don't know which James Burns is the father.

We have the mother's tree (Vera Kingsmill) back to the 1500s.

We have a Burns/Byrnes/Byrne tree back to John Byrne 1823 married to Winifred 1821 with one son, Laurence Burns 1851 married to Ann Tracey 1850.

By 1907 there are many James Burns.  One is likely to be the father of Gwenda Cathleen Kingsmill 1950.

Question #1:  Do we need two trees?  One for the mothers side and one for the unknown father's side.

Question #2:  If we do need two trees, how is that accomplished?

Question#3:  If we do not need two trees, how can one be used without specifying a father?

WikiTree profile: Gwenda Kingsmill
in WikiTree Help by Gwenda Kingsmill G2G Crew (490 points)

2 Answers

+10 votes
Best answer
There is only one tree at Wikitree, so no you do not need two trees. If you do not know the correct father than you do not attach a father. If you have some theories as to who the father may have been then you can add this information in research notes on the profile to help other researches work with subsequent clarification of parentage. You can include links to the potential fathers in the research notes.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (633k points)
selected by Gillian Causier
Gillian, Thanks for the best answer star.
+5 votes
There is only one tree here.  You can make the maternal line profiles, and omit any unknown fathers.  It looks like that's already done.

For the unknown father's side, I don't see how you could make any profiles for people about whom you don't have any info.  Maybe I don't understand the question?
by Living Tardy G2G6 Pilot (733k points)

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