How ro correct person related to themself?
My father is listed as his own child using the same id number. How do I correct this? GX1B-HD5
GX1B-HD5's father is attached to him twice, as father. Simply click the pencil to edit and use Remove or Replace to remove the 2nd connection, with no spouse showing.3
Julia Szent-Györgyi ✭✭✭✭✭
Like Alan, I do not see any self-relationships on the profile you gave, and as he says, the software already disallows direct relationships like you describe. It is possible to accidentally enter a profile as its own grandchild, resulting in a looping pedigree, but I see no sign of that here.
Perhaps you're misinterpreting what you're seeing in the Family Members section? It appears that Napoleon Van Steen has acquired an extra relationship with just his father, John Van Steen, causing him to be listed twice as a child in the Parents and Siblings column. This sometimes happens as the result of a merge, if you forget to move a relationship over. It's fairly simple to fix: just click the pencil (edit) button next to Napoleon's name where he appears under his father alone, then use either of the trashcan (remove or replace) buttons, choosing "remove" when prompted. Don't worry, you're not removing any people; you're just getting rid of the redundant relationship.
Edited to add: and once again, I was writing at the same time as Áine, or at any rate, it didn't show me her reply until several minutes after I posted. Hopefully at least one of us phrased it understandably for you.2
The Family Tree already does not allow any person to be a parent, child, or spouse of that same person. That is absolutely disallowed, as you will find if you try to create such a relationship. I looked at the person you mentioned, and I see no relationship to that same person.
I suppose it's possible to create a situation where a person is a cousin to their self, since you can create relationships such that a person is a child of their parents, and also a child of their father's brother, for example. But such indirect relationships (one biological and one adopted, for example) are entirely possible and can be valid. However, such direct relationships are impossible.1
I wonder if you're confused by the layout of the Spouses section where a person has more than one spouse. Here's that section for the person you mentioned:
The first time that Napoleon appears, he is with his spouse named Gabrielle De Smedt. They have two children. The second time he is mentioned is beside a different spouse named Nelly Paula Ghesquiere. They have no children in Family Tree. I suppose that if you're unfamiliar with this layout you might think that the second time Napoleon appears he is listed as a child of himself. But note that the children are indented and inside a gray box. The parents are not indented and are in a white box.
UPDATE: I just saw the insightful reply by @Áine Ní Donnghaile ; that's probably more likely to be the source of confusion, but I'll leave this just in case it is helpful.1
Great minds, etc., @Julia Szent-Györgyi1
moderator note - Two discussions were merged, causing some duplication. The dups were removed for clarity in following the conversation. The discussion was also moved to the Family Tree category.2
Thanks, @Maile L1
I believe there were a series of "things gone wrong" as well as my own "newbie" inability to understand the system. I appreciate the help. Part of my problem was that Napoleon was in the system twice, using different ID numbers, which I noticed and fixed after I wrote the question and before you folks answered. I fixed that problem, once I noticed the ID number differences, by merging the two. But, what I also continued to see was the issue noted by @Áine Ní Donnghaile and @Julia Szent-Györgyi, of Napoleon being listed twice as John's child in two relationships. As a newbie, and trying to work with more than one system to trace and discover my family tree, my tendency is to focus on name rather than ID. Here, I need to focus on ID rather than name. I also became hesitant of deleting John as Napoleon's parent, since that is a true relationship - but under the first of the two, not the second.
@Alan E. Brown I was confused by the multiple marriages, but it was John's, not Napoleon's,
I think part of the origin of my problem came for census records which use different spellings at times for the same people and how those got translated when exported and reimported as GEDCOM files to create what I have here.
I very much appreciate the response and the help in fixing the problem.
Thank you all for your assistance.0