How can I connect / disconnect existing people in my online family tree?

Sometimes it is necessary to create or remove a relationship between existing people in your tree without adding or deleting them.

Here are a few examples when you may need to do this:

  1. Show marriage between relatives (e.g. connect cousins as spouses without listing any of them in the tree twice)
     
  2. Add connection or fix wrong connection between children, parents or spouses
     
  3. Move an entire branch in the family tree

In such cases, you should use the ‘Connect / Remove connection’ feature.

‘Connect’, as opposed to ‘Add’, lets you draw a connecting line between two people who are already in your tree. 

‘Remove connection’ removes that connection without deleting any of the individuals.

To remove connection between two people, please follow these instructions:

1. Log into your family site.

2. Click on ‘Family Tree’ tab:



 

3. Click on the person's card to reveal the left information panel.

4. Click on the 'More’ option in the person's information panel and select 'Remove connection'.



 

5. A ‘Remove connection' window will appear where you will need to select from either 'From parents’ or ‘From partner’. Select the relevant option.

Note: You cannot remove a connection from a child. Instead, you should open the child’s personal card and disconnect him/her from parents.

In order to connect people in your online family tree, please follow these instructions:

1. Log into your family site.

2. Click on ‘Family Tree’ tab.

3. Click on the person's card to reveal the left information panel.

4. Click on the 'More’ option in the person's information panel and select ‘Connect to existing person’.


 

5. A 'Connect to existing person' window will open up, with three options: ‘Connect person to a parent’, ’Connect person to a partner’ or ‘Connect person to a child’.

6. Choose the relevant option and start typing the name of the individual in the tree you want to connect the person to. Select the correct name from the list in the drop-down menu and click ‘OK’ to save changes. 


** If you choose to connect the person with the parent who has more than one spouse, you will need to choose the relevant spouse.

Note: It is not possible to connect person A and B as siblings. Instead, you will need to connect both to the same parents - which will make them siblings.

If you use Family Tree Builder to build your tree, please read the following article: How can I attach / detach existing people in Family Tree Builder?