Spouse's tree

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RBeatse
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Spouse's tree

Postby RBeatse » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:24 pm

is there a setting that I am missing? When I am signed in, I can see my whole tree but I can only see my wife but not her line. I'm sure it is because her parents are alive and so there are epitaxy issues but I think there should be something that can be implemented to fix it (if there isn't something already).

How I see it could work: I, from my screen, could request access to my spouse's line (the Church has records that shows that we are married). Then when my wife signs in, she gets a notification that access has been requested. She has the ability to approve the request or deny it (maybe she could even click an option to not allow this person to ever request in the case of a divorce or something). She would always be able to revoke access at a later date if needed also. Once she approves it, my family tree, of which my wife's family is a part of, is complete.

Thoughts? Help?

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Re: Spouse's tree

Postby russellhltn » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:35 pm

RBeatse wrote:When I am signed in, I can see my whole tree but I can only see my wife but not her line. I'm sure it is because her parents are alive

Correct. FamilyTree doesn't show anything about the living. Any "living" people added are placed in a special private area where only the person who added them can see them.

You could have her log in just to see if she sees her parents. (I suspect it doesn't even show her parents to her, but I could be wrong.)

But bottom line, I think you're going to have to manually add living people as needed to connect to the deceased. It's an issue with privacy laws, particularly in different countries, and not a technology issue.


RBeatse wrote:How I see it could work: I, from my screen, could request access to my spouse's line (the Church has records that shows that we are married). Then when my wife signs in, she gets a notification that access has been requested. She has the ability to approve the request or deny it

An interesting idea, but for legal reasons, I'd think it would be her parents that would have to approve access.
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Re: Spouse's tree

Postby RBeatse » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:13 pm

She can see her parents. I can see both of my parents (but not their marriage, go figure).

Even if I add the parents manually, will I be able to "link" them sufficiently to eventually have the rest of the tree fill in? If that is how you have to do it, then it would be nice to be able to designate records as "living bridges" (I made that up) so that they do not clutter up the rest of the database. For example, if I add my in laws and put in their parents, the database will have multiple versions of the same people.

As far as getting the parent's approval to add them to my tree, that makes perfect sense and could work also.

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Re: Spouse's tree

Postby russellhltn » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:58 pm

RBeatse wrote:Even if I add the parents manually, will I be able to "link" them sufficiently to eventually have the rest of the tree fill in?


As far as I know, it's all manual until you add the first deceased generation to your tree. So in your case, you'd probably have to add your wife's parents and link them to her grandparents and then you'll be set. (I'm assuming her grandparents are deceased.)

I like the concept of "living bridges" as that's exactly why you would add them to your tree - not to complete your tree, or to add decedents, or siblings, but to bridge you to the deceased.
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Re: Spouse's tree

Postby aebrown » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:04 pm

RBeatse wrote:Even if I add the parents manually, will I be able to "link" them sufficiently to eventually have the rest of the tree fill in? If that is how you have to do it, then it would be nice to be able to designate records as "living bridges" (I made that up) so that they do not clutter up the rest of the database. For example, if I add my in laws and put in their parents, the database will have multiple versions of the same people.

Actually, what you are talking about is exactly how FamilySearch works already. When you add living people, they are in what is officially called your "private space." Those are records just for your use, which can certainly function as "living bridges" if you want to think about it that way. One of the main reasons for private spaces is to bridge the gap between the living and the dead; once you've connected to deceased people, the rest of the tree is automatically connected.

Since these records in private spaces are visible only to the owner of that private space, they don't really clutter up the database, at least in any way that would impact anyone else. Your version really has nothing to do with your brother-in-law's version of the same people.

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Re: Spouse's tree

Postby RBeatse » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:13 am

Thanks for the help and clarification. :)


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