Re: Recording a family member linked by IVF

Adrian Bruce

On Sun, 31 Jul 2022 at 19:11, uhkh3tsccmz9@... <uhkh3tsccmz9@...> wrote:
... If you make enough of those pieces public others will be able to identify the father by jig-saw identification ...
We're missing an important bit of information. If James was talking about his tree in Family Historian, then that bit of info is - does he ever publish it, or any part of it, in any fashion? Whether through reports, extracts, charts or whatever?

If the answer to that is "No" then it doesn't matter how the information is recorded within FH. All the tactics in the world are pointless if no-one ever sees your data. Conversely, if someone has access to your PC and so to your tree, then they see what you see - everything.

If, on the other hand, there is a possibility that James will run off some reports (or charts or...) then he needs to be a lot more careful. If people appear for - apparently - no good reason, then, as argued above, any genealogist worth their salt can ask the question "Why are they there?" and then often work things out from the hints. I would be tempted to record the potential father and their own relatives just as plain text enclosed in privacy brackets attached to a note against the child - no other individual records or anything.

Certainly, it's tempting to leave them out altogether and just write them up as notes in a document held elsewhere, but then unless you're really organised, you're liable to lose the stuff or accidentally put it into a shared area of your Dropbox or whatever... So that's not always the answer.


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