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    Recording illegitimate child when father is not known

    I recently had a person born illegitimately where the father was not stated, and where the mother later remarried and had other children who were legitimate from a different father.
    I solved it by:
    Add 'Unknown' as Spouse
    Add Child to the children area of the family view - from clipboard
    Delete 'Unknown' person.

    Is there a better way of doing this?

    #2
    Well, I'm not sure of the benefit of deleting the unknown father, but other than that, that's the usual way. Just mark the connection between parents as "unmarried".
    Dennis J. Cunniff
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      #3
      Originally posted by Dennis J. Cunniff View Post
      Well, I'm not sure of the benefit of deleting the unknown father, but other than that, that's the usual way. Just mark the connection between parents as "unmarried".
      To me, the main benefit of deleting the unknown father is that my family file is not cluttered up with a lot of indistinguishable "Unknown"s of no interest. So I have always deleted them.
      I do seem to have quite a few illegitimates, perhaps it's just my family… For example, I have one lady who had nine children between 1853 and 1872, with never a father between them. An extreme case, perhaps, but there you go.

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        #4
        Originally posted by John Hill View Post

        To me, the main benefit of deleting the unknown father is that my family file is not cluttered up with a lot of indistinguishable "Unknown"s of no interest. So I have always deleted them..........
        And for me, it's just the opposite. It's a blank that I want to fill in at a future date because I can't right now. Also, not all such blanks in my tree are "Unknown." Sometimes, they are a first name or a last name..... but they all are blanks to fill in. Challenges to overcome!
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          #5
          I have about 800 people in my Family File with a known mother but an unknown father. When adding such a Person to a mother who has an existing relationship of which the child is not a part, I add an "n.n." Person as a to the mother, add the child, and delete the "n.n." Person. I do make sure the order of the relationships is right (I appear to have no children of a married mother but not of that husband).

          I do so because I don't need 800 unknown people cluttering up my Family File, particularly because there is no futher information available. Yes, maybe in the future if by dint of genetics we uncover a hitherto unknown relationship. But with each generation that becomes slimmer and slimmer.

          There is but 1 exception in my Family File. This was for a child born with an "unknown" father but who was identified as X years old and "labourer" as occupation. The uncle of the lady in question fits the description. I've kept the "unknown" father but with a Note (to myself) explaining why this is.
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          Eric Van Beest
          Spring, TX

          Researching: Van Beest, Feijen, Van Herk

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