I very much like the way an individual can be placed under different sets of parents (biological, adoptive, etc.) and adding by ID reference does seem to be the easiest way to do this.
The major problem for me usually relates to the best last name to use - especially, say, for a person who was known by their stepfather's surname from a very young age. In spite of the common suggestion that the birth name should be used in these cases (and the stepfather's as an Alternate name) I am inclined to use the name (especially with a male) that an individual was known by throughout most of their life. In these cases I add the birth name as the Alternate one, of course.
It is also good that the relationship (if not biological) is clearly displayed, on the Person page, when the child is added to another parent / set of parents.
Every person in Family Tree must have a first or last name. The following guidelines help you enter a person’s name correctly and make it easier for other people to find that person in Family Tree.
When you add or edit a name in Family Tree, you can change the language setting. This allows you to enter the name in the correct order with the correct character sets.
In the Vitals section, enter the person’s birth name or complete legal name.
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Personally, I would record him under his "Birth" 'Family Name'/'Surname'; and,
have his "Adopted" 'Family Name'/'Surname' as an "Alternate Name".
It really depends if there was an (Official) 'Legal' name change.
Here is a "Knowledge Article" in 'FamilySearch':
How should I enter names in Family Tree?
I hope this helps.
Thanks Brett. I really appreciate it.
Do you have both sets of parents listed on your father's details page?
No. I don't think so. I have him under my grandmother and her second husband. I have not been able to get it changed over to her first husband yet.
I do have both husbands connected to my grandmother.
Multiple sets of parents can be added to people on Family Tree. So you can add your father to his mother and biological father. I find adding by ID the easiest way. Click the 'Add Child' link under his mother and biological father to add him by ID. Then follow the Help Center article to specify the relationship.
Here is the Help Center article that can help you with that:
As far as his last name goes, I would follow the advice Brett gave above.
Oh, thank you so much. That was so helpful! It wasn't even all that difficult, as I was expecting it to be. 😄
Happy to help! 😊
I was adopted by my step-father. I use my step-father's name as my surname and I listed my relationship as adopted. My relationship with my mother I listed as biological. Then I added my biological father. So I ended up with two fathers and one mother and I do research on all three lines.