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My Family Tree supports many types of complex relationships including multiple spouses and complex adoption scenarios.  The Edit Relationships panel allows you to view, add and remove relationships as well as edit basic relationship properties.

Editing relationships

A full list of relationships is displayed in the relationships panel. The name, start date and status of the relationship is shown.  Select a relationship to access any editable information about the relationship.  To edit more details on spouse relationships, use the Families view.

The relationships list

Fig 1. The relationships list.

Creating relationships

You can add parents, children, siblings and spouses/partners to the currently selected person.  You can also add an unrelated person or create a relationship between two existing people.

To add a person use the create relationship button in the details sidebar or right click the relationships list box (Fig 1.)  There are lots of choices to cover cases where the gender of the person being added is already known.  If you do not yet know the gender, use the sibling, parent, child or, spouse/partner options which allow you to change the gender during input or set the gender as not yet known.

Adding relationship Edit relationships menu

Fig 2. Adding a relationship.

Adding parents

Fig 3. shows the data entry panel used to add a parent. You can choose whether the parent is biological, adoptive, a foster parent, or a guardian when creating the relationship.

Adding a parent

Fig 3. Adding a parent.

Adding children

Children are added to a person in a similar way to adding the person's parents.  You can choose whether the child is biological, adopted, fostered, or under the person's guardianship when creating the relationship.


Choosing parents

If there is more than one possible parent set you will be prompted to choose the correct one when you create the relationship.

Adding a sibling

Fig 4. Choosing the parents.

Adding a spouse/partner

Spouse relationships are created using the "Add spouse/partner" option. You can choose whether the spouse is current / former / divorced etc. before creating the relationship.


Sibling relationships are added by creating the necessary parent-child relationships between a sibling's existing biological parents.  If the siblings have no biological parents, a common biological parent is added first.

Connecting family members

Relationships can be created between two people already present in the tree provided such a relationship does not yet exist.  Search for the person you want to connect in the list of available people.  To filter by gender, right click and choose from the available options. When creating relationships in this way, a one to one relationship is formed between the two people.  Any additional parent child relationships should be manually added.  This will provide the greatest possible flexibility when building your family tree.

Creating relationships between existing people

Fig 5. Creating relationships between existing people.