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how should we record the children of same-sex marriages on our family trees

Question by ngairedith

Birth certificates are probably our most important identity document.
Their purpose is to record legal, not biological, parental status (as in adopted children)
Countries issue amended birth certificates after adoption to reflect the change, but as a statutory privilege, not in satisfaction of any constitutional right (the original record of the child’s biological parents is often preserved, although sealed against public access)

Therefore, how should we record the children of same-sex marriages on our family trees if the tree is made public?
Do we record the biological parents and work back on their ancestors for the descendents of these children who will one day be curious? OR do we record the same-sex couple as their parents and work back on their ancestors?

It would be far too 'confusing' and nearly impossible to add all 4 'parents' and their families and ancestors

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on 2016-02-22 20:51:21

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by Joeyanne on 2016-02-24 04:26:28

Good question. Ive heard that people record both and record the same sex couple as the adopted parents. If one of the same sex partners is a biological parent, their details go down as usual and a special note goes in where the usual space for the biological parent is, so there would be 2 sets on the one info box. It is the same as if adopted at this stage as far as I am aware. I think its a matter of doing up your own format for the family tree if youre unable to find one that allows multiple inserts.

by Joeyanne on 2016-02-24 04:31:18

Biologicaly, it is not a genetic link to list unless its correct genealogy. I personaly would not list adoptive parents genealogy to any adopted one as it wouldnt be true.

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