Family Tree Maker: Unrelated Individuals
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I recently found a death index entry for an infant that bore the unique surname of my great-grandfather. I didn't want to add the infant to a specific family because I wasn't certain that they were related. But I also didn't want to lose the information in case I discovered a relationship with the baby at a later time. In these cases, you can add the individual to your tree without linking them to anyone. Months later when I was able to view the actual death certificate, I learned that this baby was indeed one of my great-grandfather's children. Because I had already added this infant to my tree, it was easy to simply link her to her parents. Have you had similar experiences finding individuals whom you can't make fit in your tree yet' Do you usually find that these unrelated' individuals do belong in your tree' Feel free to share tips on how you handle the mystery people in your tree.

To add an unrelated individual to your tree:

1. Click the People button on the main toolbar. 2. Click Person>Add Person>Add Unrelated Person. 3. Enter the person's name (first name, middle name, and last name). 4. Choose a gender from the drop-down list and click OK. The new individual becomes the focus of the pedigree view and editing panel. Note: Because the individual isn't connected to anyone else in your tree, you can navigate to him or her by clicking his or her name in the index on the People workspace.

To attach an unrelated individual to a family:

  1. Go to the People workspace and select the individual you want to attach to a family.
  2. Click Person>Attach/Detach Person>Attach Father/Mother.
  3. Select the name of the father or mother you want to attach the individual to. Then click OK.
  4. If prompted, choose which family you want the individual attached to. Then click OK.