Can I set up a separate "unlinked" family tree? If so, how do I do that?
I have uncovered a family I believe must be related somehow to me but to date I have not been able to definitely link them to my ancestors. I have family photos and mass cards from their death that I inherited from my great aunt but no explanation of their origin. I would like to set up a tree with the information and photos that I have in the hopes that someone else is working on them and I can collaborate but cannot add them to my tree without a valid link, so a separate tree seems the most useful. My information dates from the mid 1800's thru the mid 1900's. The family lived in the small town of Forno di Zoldo in the Dolomites of Italy and research is difficult.
Yes, you can add unconnected people. For details see
Of course, once you add one, others will be connected to the first one so the process will be easier.
This is very interesting. I have quite a few things I've inherited that clearly reference either ancestors, family friends of ancestors or business clients of ancestors. I have been slowly slogging through digitizing things and linking the images to the appropriate people records I can find in the tree, be it family or otherwise. However, sometimes the name is simply not found in the tree at the right place and time so I have simply not tagged those names. I have some images in my memories gallery with no tags at all. I never thought about creating a floating non-linked person. Is that really what's recommended here?0
Here is an example of an image with some names untagged, if one is needed. https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/123632600?cid=mem_copy0
I see no harm in creating unconnected people especially if you can then add sources and/or memories to that record. These may be useful to your own research in the future and/or useful to others' research. Bear in mind that the ultimate objective of Family Tree is to add the whole human race and connect them in one giant tree! I know that this is impossible at present with available records but there is no harm in working in that direction however far away that goal might be.1
@Gail S Watson there are hundreds of thousands of twigs in Family Tree that are floating around. So don't be concerned about adding a few more.
The majority are from FamilySearch's old extraction program where individual birth or marriage records where entered in a database that was one of the ones used to create the initial Family Tree database. Here is an example of one: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/M6RB-XRT. It has just the child's name and christening date and place and just the parents names.
The main thing I am working on in Family Tree is going through my wife's Norwegian lines and assembling all her cousins (1st through 10th, whatever removed they may be) that are found in these tiny twigs and getting them all grafted together properly.
However, I would suggest you try to make any unconnected persons as useful as possible. Just a name and no other information, sources, or memories has little chance of every getting hooked into the main tree.
A name with even approximate dates and places or tagged to a memory or having some kind of other clue that might make it pop up for someone or appear in the possible duplicates routine might just be what someone else is looking intensely for.2
Gordon Collett I am going back right now and am concentrating on 1 person who has a fairly big footprint in my client ledger. I found him in 1830 and 1840 census records, so I lined the people up in a spreadsheet to track the advancement of age in the family. He is not listed in the business ledger I inherited after the 1830s (I have all that in a spreadsheet, too). 1840 is his last census, aged 60-70. He must have had a tough life as I think he made deliveries, but this ledger is hard to figure out. In the 1850 census his kids are now named, and his oldest son married a woman with the same surname as his dad's former business partner. How about that ...
So yes, I think I am doing what you want...0
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and answers. I have gone ahead and set this family up as an unlinked "twig" and have provided birth and death dates for many of them. I also uploaded PDFs of the Civil Records from Italy that support this information and some photos inherited from my great aunt. I am really hopeful that someone else will find them and either use them in their own research or add to the tree. Maybe that will help me discover if they are indeed related to me.0
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Nowadays, most of the individuals I add to Family Tree are of this nature. They often share the same names as my close relatives, so I add them in order that their separate identities can be recognised and in a hope that I (or another researcher) will be able to establish more details of them at a later date, then link them to their correct branch within the tree.
I usually add as many sources as possible and add a note in the Collaboration section - often advising other users that they should not be confused with other individuals with the same name or of similar identity.0
How to add an unlinked person (in case it is needed)
- Go to top menu and click Family Tree
- Then click Recents
- Notice at the bottom is the option "Add Unconnected Person"
- Click it and start filling in info.