How do I add a child to Family Tree?

One of the most direct ways to add a child into Family Tree is to link them to their parents.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch and click Family Tree.
  2. Navigate to the Person page of one of the parents.
  3. If you do not see Vitals near the top of the page, click Details.
  4. Scroll down to the Family Members section.
  5. Under Spouses and Children, click Add Child. (If Add Child does not show, click the down arrow beside Children under the couple box.)
    • If one of the parents of the child is unknown, click Add Child with an Unknown Mother or Father. Add details in a note or in the individual's Life Sketch.
  6. Enter information about the child, and click Next. (If you know the ID of the child, click By ID Number.)
  7. Review the search results. If you find the right child, click Add Person.
  8. If you do not see the person in the search results, click Create New.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, navigate to the Person page of one of the parents.
  2. Tap the Spouses tab.
  3. If you see more than one spouse, tap the down arrow next to the name of the appropriate spouse.
    • Currently, the mobile app has no option to add a child for a parent without a spouse. Visit the website for this option.
  4. Tap Add Child.
  5. Enter information about the child, and tap Continue. (If you know the ID of the child, tap Add by ID or Find by ID.)
  6. Indicate whether the individual is living or deceased, then tap Continue.
  7. Review the search results. If you find the right child, tap Add Match.
  8. If you do not see the person in the search results, tap No Match
  9. Review your entry, and tap Add or Add This Person.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

  1. While signed in to Family Tree Lite, navigate to the Person page of one of the parents.
  2. Click View Family.
  3. Under Spouses and Children, under the appropriate spouse, click Add Child.
    • Family Tree Lite has no option to add a sibling without parents. Visit the full website for this option.
  4. Enter information about the child, and click Next. (If you know the ID of the child, click Find By ID Number.)
  5. Review the search results. If you find the right child, click Add Person.
  6. If you do not see the person in the search results, click Create Person.

Tips

Twins or multiple births

  • Add each as a separate individual. 
  • Do not add the word "twin" in the name. Instead, you can specify it in Other information, the Life Sketch, or the Notes section of the Person page for each individual.
  • Even if added in a particular order, the children can appear out of order. If two people show the same birth date, the system lists them alphabetically. You cannot change the order. 
  • If the twins died without names, enter only the last name with birth and death dates. To avoid a later merge of the apparent duplicate records, you can take these steps:
    • Enter information in the Life Sketch of each to explain the situation.
    • Create a note for each to explain the situation.
    • Check for possible duplicates, and mark the twins as Not a Match with a clear reason statement. 

Illegitimate children

  • You can link them to the biological parents individually, or as a couple.
  • Do not add any marriage information for the couple. Put relevant information in a note or in a Life Sketch.
  • Currently, Family Tree provides five relationship types between parents and children: Adopted, Biological, Guardianship, Foster, and Step. The system assumes a biological relationship. You can specify a different relationship type for multiple sets of parents.

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