The women in my life sometimes gang up on me! Two days ago, my daughter (who lives in NYC) sent me an article out of the New York Times - titled "Who's on the Family Tree?" - which is discussing the confusion that comes from adoptions, sperm donors, surrogate mothers, same sex parents, etc. She thought it deserved mention in my blog. (I thought I was too busy!) And then, last night, my Mother (who lives near Houston) brings up the same subject while we are discussing gay rights - an issue where we have had some spirited disagreements and an area where the same family tree question exists in our wider family.
So - Who's in Your Tree? - and how do you handle all of the special cases?
If you're working on prior generations, you are probably "only" dealing with adoptions (known and unknown), infidelities and multiple spouses. But - if you are trying to keep the family tree "up to date", you are very likely dealing with even more challenges that can come from the medical advances and social changes. Of course - you want to accurately describe both familial and genetic relationships!
I'm not brave enough (or experienced enough) to give you the answers - but maybe some of our readers are - and will provide insights with a "Reply".
I will comment that it's easier when you are "simply" working the dna angle - as that means the genetic parent. But then again - what about those anonymous donors? Wow. chuckle.