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  • How to Make a Family Tree: What do people do for their charts if there has been a divorce and a remarriage?
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    Jane Tanner
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How to Make a Family Tree: What do people do for their charts if there has been a divorce and a remarriage?

How to Make a Family Tree: What do people do for their charts if there has been a divorce and a remarriage?

We recently received an email asking:

What do people do for their charts if there has been a divorce and a remarriage?

It all depends on what genealogy you'd like to have displayed, but you'll most likely want to use our functionality that allows you to create a chart from 2 different FamilySearch accounts (if you have FamilySearch accounts). We have a blog post on how to do that here.
In terms of what people choose to show, here are just a few options:
1. Just display the couple from the remarriage. This is the easiest option and can be accomplished by either linking the two spouses together in FamilySearch directly or using two separate FamilySearch accounts. This is a great solution, particularly if there are no children from prior marriages or if the chart is intended primarily for the couple.
2. If you would like both spouses displayed for the sake of children's genealogy, you can hide the second generation so that you have the children in the middle and then both marriages represented (shown below). To create a chart using this method, you would want to follow the steps to create a chart using two FamilySearch accounts and use the FamilySearch ID for a child from each previous marriage as the "Father"'s and "Mother"'s IDs respectively. Then go and delete the names of both children in the second generation (from the main Chart tab) and then hide that second generation by choosing Advanced>Generation and sliding the generation width to zero.
family tree chart for family with divorce and remarriage
3. If you would like both spouses displayed for the sake of children's genealogy, but want to deemphasize past spouses, you can do something very similar to Option 2, but instead, keep the second generation visible and cheat the system a little by putting each spouse in the current marriage in the second generation. You'll still have the children in the middle. To create a chart using this method, you would want to follow the steps to create a chart using two FamilySearch accounts and use the FamilySearch ID for a child from each previous marriage as the "Father"'s and "Mother"'s IDs respectively, just as in Option 2. Then go and change the names of the children in the second generation slots(from the main Chart tab)  to be the respective spouse's names. (Shown below)
family tree for family with divorce and remarriage
Regardless of what you choose, a text decal can really help pull everything together (i.e. The Doe Family, EST. 2015) and center the family around the new joint identity. Have other genius ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

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