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FTM 2012 Relationship > Kinship Reports

Posted: 1357875409000
Classification: Query
I am using FTM 2012 and am trying to create Relationship Reports. I am having a few problems:

1) FTM doesn't seem to recognize or acknowledge divorces or unmarried couples. When entering each person, I go in the Relationship tab and choose either Spouse-Divorced or Partner. However, all show up either as "Husband of ..." or "Wife of ..." I have to go into each report (over 200) to correct these. The corrections are taking hours but it would understandably be upsetting to someone to see on their report that they have two spouses. I have tried calling their support people but they have no answer.

2) FTM also doesn't seem to understand what the words stepmother and stepfather mean. It should only be applied to subsequent spouses, not previous. This is something else I am spending time correcting.

3) When sorting individuals by kinship, I do not understand the order that is used i.e., immediate family, grandparents, great-grandparents, 1st cousins, 1st cousins 1x removed, 2nd cousins, etc. Spouses are "mixed in" apparently randomly. I say randomly because I have not been able to find a pattern.

Has anyone seen this before and know of a way to fix it? I am very disappointed that I spent $80 on this product. The reports feature is what sold me on it but the reports are very inaccurate.

Re: FTM 2012 Relationship > Kinship Reports

Posted: 1357922552000
Classification: Query
I know of NO program that will do as you desire.
True, all of the current versions of family research programs, do not recognise the same sex marriages and non married parents. It is assumed that the parents are or were married at the time of the birth.

One must remember that Genealogy is based on "Blood" lines and not social lines.

Re: FTM 2012 Relationship > Kinship Reports

Posted: 1511043638000
Classification: Query

Your statement about what genealogy is based on doesn't make sense to me.

Most if not all tools allow us to track both kinship by consanguinity (means to be related by blood) and affinity (means to be related by social processes like marriage and adoption) at the same time. After all, marriage and adoption are two of the ways new DNA/bloodlines come into a tree. Ancestry allows you to indicate whether a parent is biological or adoptive, and lets us track marriages, so these tools enable us to track both. We should be able to report sorting by both.

The "kinship" sorting in the reporting for FTM 2017 is neither consanguinity or affinity based, instead it is a modified alpha-numeric sort where the principal of a kinship report appears on line 1 of page 1 of 49, but their mother appears on page 37 of 49 and their father appears on page 26 of 49 well below the 9th great grandparents that appear on page 20 of 49. Looking at the attached table of consanguinity it should be trivial to derive sort orders to make kinship reporting usable.

Kinship reporting for "sort by kinship" is so broken that's not the right name to call it. I hope a technical program manager sits down and redesigns this feature soon.

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