Help:Non-Traditional Families

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Same-Sex Couples

There's nothing on WikiTree that requires a marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Even though WikiTree doesn't require traditional family structures, it does assume them in certain contexts. For example, if you add a spouse to a woman, the system will assume that his gender will be male. This is just the default. You can still make the woman the wife of another woman.

It's slightly trickier with parents. It is possible on WikiTree for a child to have two male parents or two female parents. This may be appropriate for living people if the child is marked as Non-Biological. However, for non-living people, genetic connections should be used when they're known.

Also note that having a man in the "mother" field or a woman in the "father" field won't look right in all instances.

Sex Changes and Transgender Persons

A person can only have one gender on WikiTree. Therefore, if a person's gender changed during their lifetime, a choice will need to be made.

If the person is living or their profile is private, the individual or their family can enter the gender they prefer to see. However, as a general rule and for deeper ancestors, if a person was a mother or father their profile should have the gender they had at the time they had children. As with the policy on adoption this keeps genetic connections in order for our DNA features.

Note that if a person does not have children, the profile can be set so that no gender is shown and the public view uses the neutral "child of" language in their tree. (If they do have children, a gender needs to be chosen so the software knows which parental slot to put them in. After the children have been added, the "Male" or "Female" designation can be changed to empty, and they show as "Parent of" instead of "Father of" or "Mother of".)

Explain It

Our database fields are limited, but the biography space is not. You should use the text section of profiles to explain non-traditional family structures and link to any parents or children that don't neatly fit in the family tree.


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