Deleting a name only
I've been compiling my family tree over the past couple of years. However I have a first cousin who does not want any of her family information visible. Her mother, (and my maternal aunt)
are listed under my mother's siblings. My cousin is extremely irate about this.
Is there any way I can delete this aunt's name but keep her birth and death dates, to reflect that she existed and that my mother had her as a sister?
At least one of the name fields in the Vitals section has to have something in it, but you can leave everything else blank. So you could delete your aunt's given name, leaving just her surname -- which anyone could deduce anyway.1
Thanks for your reply. I’m not sure how to go about this, so if you could give me some guidance, I’d be grateful.0
@SueWhare is your aunt living? I have an aunt who is not listed in the tree, but I have a record of her. If she is not living, you can always omit her on FamilyTree, but keep a record of her in your personal records and that should satisfy your cousins need to not have her listed. One thing about deleting her from the tree, is someone can always add her back into the tree as her record will still be on FamilySearch just not in your family. It can be a bit messy deleting her as if can cause duplications and merging her in the future. If you didn't add your aunt on the the FamilyTree, then you can explain to your cousin that someone else added her and that it is a community tree where thousands add people into the tree. I'm sorry I couldn't suggest more as there are no easy answers.1
Hi @SueWhare. If you need help changing vital information, check out this article from the Help Center0
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I had made it a point of not adding anyone of my parents' generation - and mine - to Family Tree, whether they are living or deceased. However, I agree with Shannon's comments. Other users can (and have) added relatives I have wished to be omitted, but accept I can do nothing about that. I could try to "hide" them, by detaching the relationship with their parents (say, detaching my uncle as a son of my grandparents), but feel that would not be right in this shared tree - even if the person who added my uncle's profile was totally unrelated to my family.
I'm sure some members of my family would be horrified to see personal details of their (deceased) parents on Family Tree, or any other website open for all to view, but there appear to be no laws against publishing details of the deceased, so I just hope they don't stumble across such entries!1
Many thanks for your comments and assistance.
I’ll delete my aunt’s first names, so that she’s still reflected on the tree.3