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Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by peterbel » 18 Nov 2020 11:26

I have found that with recent research what I think is a better match for a 5 times grandfather.
I have added him to FH along with his wife and some of his ancestors, a new part tree.
I would now like to replace 5x grandfather with this new data, what would be the best way?
I thought it might be possible to substitute the two respective record numbers but cannot see a way of doing that.
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Re: Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by tatewise » 18 Nov 2020 11:51

It depends on what you want to do with the old 5xgrandfather and perhaps his wife?

They are associated with each other and their children (one of whom is your ancestor) in a Family record containing HUSBand, WIFE, and CHILd links. That Family record may also hold Marriage events, etc.

Anyway, probably the easiest method (if there are not too many children) is to use the Focus Window.
Bring the old 5xgrandfather into focus so his children are listed below.
Right-click each child in turn and choose Unlink Record making a note of the Record Id of each one.

Now bring the new 5xgrandfather into focus and use the Add Child link below to link each child unlinked above. Knowing the Record Id will help locate them.

Do you plan to delete the old 5xgrandfather and his wife and ancestors?
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Re: Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by Gowermick » 18 Nov 2020 13:43

Miketate, far be it from me to correct you, but isn’t it simpler to unlink the son from the wrong parents, and then attach him to the new parents? By unlinking him, you atomatically unlink both his wrong parents and all his wrongs ‘siblings’ at same time.
I.e. leave the old family alone, and simply remove the son and attach him to his new family.
Or have I misunderstood the problem. I have assumed that with the wrong parents he also has wrong siblings
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Re: Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by peterbel » 18 Nov 2020 14:09

Thanks Mike that seems a neat way to do it.
I will keep the original data, it maybe useful in the future if more information comes to light. I think I have said before I use FH as my only data repository.
And of course I can't be certain that I am making the correct choice, it just seems more likely than my original. Corroborative evidence is almost impossible to find for these very early records.
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Re: Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by tatewise » 18 Nov 2020 14:26

Mike Loney and I are both potentially correct.
( BTW: The 4xgrandparent ancestor may be either a son or a daughter of the 5xgrandfather. )

Which children need adjusting depends on whether the sibling relationship or the parent-child relationship is proven.
So yes, only the 4xancestor & proven siblings need to use Unlink Record and be linked to the new 5xgrandparent.
Sorry for any possible confusion.
Peter is now going to tell us that there was only one child anyway, so the other options are all mute.
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Re: Best way to make a change of ancestor(s)

Post by peterbel » 18 Nov 2020 14:46

Mikes (!)
As I have worked backwards from myself through known ancestors I am as confident as I can be that up to 5x grandfather is correct, it is just beyond that I want to change. The unlinking process is between him and his wrong parents and then re-linking his correct(!) parents, does that clarify? I understand the process described and now done it, so thanks.

I haven't gone sideways at these levels much, that is to come, concentrated on the direct line and spouses. Hope it doesn't reveal more alternatives!
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