Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Instagram Icon Pinterest Icon Twitter Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video

posts

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!

Continue reading

Real Customer Question: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

Real Customer Question: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

We figure if one person has a question... other people probably do too! Since we're here to make sure you know how to make a family tree (and specifically how to make a family tree for YOUR family), we're here to help! Today's real customer question is:

Q: I'm a single mom/divorced with 4 kids--is there a chart for me?

A: The short answer is YES!

The long answer is, yes, and here are some ideas on how you can create a chart that's perfect for your particular family situation.

If you're hoping to just have the chart reflect your children, you and YOUR genealogy, we'd highly recommend using the center circle to your advantage by putting both yourself and your children in there. Let's do an example with a mom named Jane Doe, and her four children Peter John, Susan Marie, Edmund Mark and Lucy Madeline.

In the center of your family tree chart, you could just put a generic "Our Family", "Our Heritage", or a more specific "The Doe Family".

family tree chart for divorced parent and children

Alternatively, if you'd like for the individual names to be displayed, you could change the format of the center cell to be "Horizontal Multiline" and type the following into the center individuals place:

Jane~Doe  Peter~John Susan~Marie Edmund~Mark Lucy~Madeline

Note: A ~ signifies that you'd like the joined words to stay on the same line, a space signifies a return or enter.

family tree chart for divorced mom and family option 2

Both of these options put Jane and her children in the "1st generation", and Jane's parents in the second generation. If you're importing from FamilySearch, Jane would choose herself to be the center of the chart, and then manually edit the center information by clicking on it in the chart and editing the text manually. View a tutorial on that here.

Continue reading