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Old 05-01-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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I use both Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeBuilder (MyHeritage.com).
After building quite a large family tree...I found out that an ancestor had two sequential wives. I had added descendents to the second wife which were actually children of the first wife. The original records only showed the second wife as his ONLY wife.
Discovering the new information, I added the 'first' wife to FTB and it allowed me with a single key stroke to reassign the first wife's children to her branch.
Ancestry.com on the other hand forced me to re-enter ALL of the first wife's children and their descendents by hand to the first wife's branch...then I had to go back and delete all of the incorrect placements.
Is there any way to do the same fast re-assigment in Ancestry as I was able to do in FTB?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: New England
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I don't know the specific answer but I had a person in my tree twice and there was no way to just delete her on ancestry except to delete her completely and then add her back in again and retype all her information. There is no way to merge two records into one.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Editing in Ancestry can be a bit laborious, but ... yes, you can do it. All you have to do is to change the mother on each of the children. Do that by first selecting the "edit this person" bar right under the person's name and vitals. On the next screen, select the "Relationships" tab. On the next screen, you'd select "add an alternate mother" which is right below the wrong mother's name. Search for, and add the right mother. You can delete via the "remove" link on the right, or change the "biological" relationship to "step" through that box in the middle of the line.

You only have to do that for the child/mother relationship, not for any subsequent generations.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Exit 242
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I don't know the specific answer but I had a person in my tree twice and there was no way to just delete her on ancestry except to delete her completely and then add her back in again and retype all her information. There is no way to merge two records into one.
You can merge duplicate people if you have your tree on your computer and use Family Tree Maker 2012 software.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Enrico gave good instructions. But you have to remember that an online tree is never going to be as advanced or have all the same features that a dedicated program will have.

This is why I invested in Ancestry.com's Family Tree Maker 2012 - it has a sync feature so the tree in the software on my computer automatically syncs with my Ancestry.com online tree. So no more editing everything twice on two separate trees.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:33 AM
 
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Thank you EnricoV!! I registered just to express my gratitude. It seems so simple now, but that was driving me crazy!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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No problem!

Actually, depending on how much info is in there (like how many links to records you have) ... the simplest thing to rectify that situation (especially if there are lots of kids) is to just change the info (names, dates, etc.) on wife #2 to the info on wife #1. If you have links to wife #2's parents ... those would be the only parent/child links you'd have to change. Then, change wife #1 to the info for wife #2.

My newest find on editing (not sure how long it's been there) is the ability to merge two people into one! The link to do that is under the "More options" link next to the print button. I love that one.
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