Legacy 101 - How to Enter a Child and Parents
Now that you have entered your first person and their spouse, you can now enter their children and their parents. You can add a child in three ways (click image below to enlarge).
When you click one of these options you will be asked if you want to add a new person or do you want to link to an existing person. If the person is already in your file you will want to link to that person and not add them again. Since we are just starting our file we will be adding a new person. You will see the now familiar Individual's Information screen. Add the information you know.
Click Save and you are back to where you started.
Now that you have added a husband, wife and one of their children, adding their parents will be a breeze. You can add a father and mother in four ways.
There is one very important thing to watch out for when adding parents. If both parents are already in your database as a linked couple, you will need to link to them together as a couple and not one at a time. If you need to link to a couple you have to do it a bit differently. You can RIGHT click in the "Click to Add Father/Mother" area or you can use the Parents' icon. If you try to link them one at a time you will end up with extra relationships. Legacy can't assume that when you link to a father that his known wife is the mother.
Your first family now has a husband and wife, their children, and their parents.
You are well on your way to creating your family tree. To continue the process, navigate to the next person you want as your focus (for example, one of the children so that you can add their spouse and their children) and everyone will be connected.
Other articles in the Legacy 101 series:
- Legacy 101 - How to Find Help
- Legacy 101 - The Different Views
- Legacy 101 - Entering Locations
- Legacy 101 - How to Enter a Person and His/Her Spouse
- Legacy 101 - How to Enter a Child and Parents
- Legacy 101 - Linking and Unlinking
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Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.