How do I set the preferred spouse or parents in Family Tree?

In Family Tree, a person can have more than 1 spouse or set of parents. In this case, you can choose the preferred spouse or parents that you want to see on a pedigree view.

Here are the impacts of setting the preferred spouse or parents:

  • You see all spouses and parents on the person page.
  • You see only the preferred spouse and parents in pedigree views and on printed family group records. Only the preferred spouse's or parents' descendants and ancestors show.
  • Only you see your changes to the preferred spouse or parents. Other users can choose their own.
  • The preferred spouse or parents remain set until you change it.
  • Setting a preferred spouse or parents affects how Source Linker works. The Source Linker only aligns the preferred spouse and children of that couple.
  • The person page displays couples by marriage date. Setting the preferred parents does not affect the order in which the parents are shown on the child's person page.

Steps (website)

Landscape view

  1. In the top menu, click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. In the top right corner of the tree screen, click the pedigree view, and then select Landscape.
  3. Find the person with multiple spouses or parents.
    • If you are choosing a preferred spouse, move the couple to the main position.
    • If you are choosing a preferred parent, move the child to the main position.
  4. Click the down arrow to display the other spouses or parents.
    • If you are choosing preferred spouses, the arrow is located between the portrait and to the left of the name of the spouse to be changed.
    • If you are choosing preferred parents, the arrow is located to the left of the box displaying the parents.
  5. Click the preferred spouse or parents.

Person page

  1. In the top menu, click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. Find the person with multiple spouses or parents.
  3. Click the person's name. In the details that pop-up, click the person's name again. You will be taken to that person’s page.
  4. Click the Details tab.
  5. In the Family Members section, locate the spouse or parents you want to display.
  6. Click the Preferred check box.

Steps (mobile app)

  1. In the Family Tree app, find and tap the name of the person showing the nonpreferred spouse or parent.
  2. In the bar below the name, tap Spouses or Parents.
  3. To the right of your preferred spouse or parent, tap the small gray arrow.
  4. Next to Preferred Spouse or Preferred Parent, tap the circle.
  5. When you return to the tree, the preferred spouse or parent now shows.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Because it does not have pedigree views, Family Tree Lite does not currently allow you to select preferred spouses or parents.

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