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Importing siblings with no parents (FTM old)

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#1 John Stimson III

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:56 AM

I have an old-style Family Tree Maker database (.FTW) which contains people who are siblings, but for whom the parents are not known.  In FTM, I can click on "parents of" one of the siblings, at which point a record is displayed with no names for the mother or father, but the three siblings are displayed under "children".


When I imported this database into TMG directly from the FTW file, all three siblings are listed as individuals in the index, but there is no sign I can find of a relationship linkage between them.  The "siblings" window shows no siblings for any of them.


#2 Michael Hannah

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

The only mechanism in TMG to relate individuals as siblings is to link them to a common parent.  If they have a common surname, most of us users create a "dummy" father whose name only contains their surname with no other information.  (Some users also like to give this parent a GivenName of something like "Unknown".)  We then link all the children to this parent to create this sibling linkage.


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