Posted By:Dave Goertz
Subject:Re: step-parents and parents and gedcom question.
Post Date:March 28, 2010 at 05:32:37
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28 Mar. 2010

From what I've seen trying this myself and from reading the Help files, PAF considers children to be either the natural child of a couple or adopted by the couple. And it would appear that the only way that you include a child brought into a marriage by one member of the couple is to give that person another spouse (known or unknown) and add the child.

Unfortunately, the result is that the child only appears with the couple including the other spouse, and not the current spouse.

Other genealogy programs handle the situation differently. Ancestral Quest allows an idividual parent to be designated as biological, adopted, step, foster, etc. PAF is derived from an older version of AQ and does not include all the options of the later versions. Other genealogy programs may also handle the parent relationship with more flexibility.

As for GEDCOMs, take a look at this Wikipedia article.