How do I add my daughter to my family tree, as she has a different father than my son?
Gayle Jean Naylor
Since your daughter has a different father than your son, you will need to add her father to you as spouse, then add her to the two of you. If you and the man were not married, leave off the marriage information.
We wish you the best.
You do not NEED to add her father as your spouse.
You can do so. You may choose to do so, but you don't need to.
I'll explain how I approach situations like this when I come across them with my ancestors. To be blunt about it, did the relationship between the parents last longer than the absolute minimum required for the conception of the child? If the answer is yes, then I would do as AmericanLady1953 suggested. The term "spouse" can be interpreted quite loosely. They may have been married, they may have lived together, there may have been some other form of ongoing relationship (in that case just leave the relationship type blank).
If the answer is no, then I add each parent as an individual, not as a couple. Normally I'd be working backwards from the child, but in your case you would go to your own details page and click on "+ Add child with an unknown father" (even if you know who he is) near the bottom of the page, and add your daughter. Then go to her page and add her father. Not as your spouse, but by clicking “+ Add parent”. This will give her both parents as individuals but with no relationship (on the tree) between you and her father.
Bear in mind that if they are both still alive then these records will be held in your ‘private space’ and nobody, not even the people concerned will be able to see them. So how you want these relationships arranged is up to you.
Thank you! I will do that.
I have been having fun finding information about my European side through my father. We are registered and enrolled as full-blood Sioux Indians, but he told me of his European ancestors. It's interesting, his sister has red hair, green eyes, and fair skinned. There's not much from my Native side earlier than when the reservations were established.
I wish you the best, as well.
Thank you for that information - it was very helpful! I know that this site assumes that mothers and fathers are married, however, I wasn't married to my daughter's father. In fact, she was the result of an unfortunate encounter following a dinner party which we both attended and we were both drinking. I want to include him in her parentage, because of family connections that would be discovered for her.
I appreciate you taking the time to explain the process and wish you safety, health, and good fortune!