we are trying to connect our living family. how do we do that? can we use each others id numbers so there are not duplicates in the future? or do we all just create our own id numbers for living people?
Thank you for contacting FamilySearch. You asked how to merge duplicate persons and can the same ID be used from tree to tree for a living person.
You can merge duplicate records in your Family Tree private space. The process is almost the same as merging other duplicates. Before you begin, here is what you should be aware of:
For example: You have a living relative who would be in five other persons' trees. This living relative will have six different ID. After the living relative is deceased, each person marks this person as deceased. The system notes that there are possible duplicates so you can merge. When all six entries are marked as deceased and merged, then there will be just one person.
We hope this answers your question.
To add to what AmericanLady1953 told you, because living individuals are added in private spaces, each account holder will need to create a record, for each living person, which will have a different ID number, than those people on any other family members account. We have enclosed the article link above, which explains the reasoning. If you happen to have two accounts, the situation would be handled the same. You would create new records for the living, and the ID numbers would each be unique.