Re: Entering Siblings with Unknown Parents


A fascinating thought, Adrian. I wonder how many non-English speakers are currently trying to trace relatives of John Doe ….



Stephen Challis

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From: [] On Behalf Of Adrian Bruce
Sent: 31 March 2021 21:00
To: Family Historian mailing list
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Entering Siblings with Unknown Parents




On Wed, 31 Mar 2021 at 19:15, johnfirr via <> wrote:

... However it does not appear that FH will allow you to enter siblings without a parent ( I guess this is something to do with family groups) so the only way I can see to do it is to enter a dummy parent called unknown unknown ( if mother) or unknown surname ( if father) ...


Some people take against this idea because they believe it to be misleading. I don't think I'm going to confuse myself by having someone called  "unknown unknown", so I don't have a problem with such a name.


It becomes more of a problem if you transfer the data to someone else - particularly if you cross a language boundary. Imagine trying to trace a German family with parents Herr and Frau Unbekannt if you didn't realise that Unbekannt meant Unknown....


Personally, I prefer to create a dummy person because I can add notes to that person saying what the current state of research is for them. Again, there are other ways of doing this.





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