Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

Posted July 24, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Does this sound familiar?

“Help! I accidentally added my grandfather’s brother as his son! How do I fix this?”

Many people in similar situations have found themselves puzzled at how to correct such a simple mistake. What they don’t realize is that correcting these mistakes is really easy on Geni. Below we’ll walk you through step-by-step to show you how to fix these incorrect parent relationships in your family tree.

Let’s take a look at this example below – The focus node, George, has accidentally been added as the son of his brother, Jeremy.

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

George is misplaced in the tree as his brother Jeremy’s son.

Fixing mistakes like this is quite simple once you know the trick. First, make sure the correct parents are on the tree. If they have not yet been added, now is a good time to do so. In this case, the correct parents for George are Jackson and Cassandra Peters.

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

George is actually the son of Jackson and Cassandra.

On George’s node, click “Edit” and select the “Relationships” tab.

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

George’s node

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

The Relationships tab in the edit card

At the top of the tab, the incorrect parents are shown.

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

Wrong parents

Simply click on the dropdown to choose the correct set of parents for the profile and and save your changes.

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

Select the correct parents and save

Now George can be found in his correct place in the tree!

Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

Voilà! The tree is fixed!

See, wasn’t that easy?

Post written by Amanda

Amanda is the Marketing Communications Manager at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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  • hrrsnmb

    What if the parents are not known?

    • geniblog

      If the parents are not known, but you know where the person belongs (ex. spouse, sibling), then you can temporarily create a Cycle to move the person to the correct position in the tree. Once they have been moved, you can remove the incorrect parent relationship (see our FAQ: http://help.geni.com/entries/489892-How-do-I-remove-a-Cycle-). If you don’t know where the person belongs and you are Pro, you can break the connection in the tree.

      • hrrsnmb

        Thanks, but I was able to just remove the relationship and that seems to have fixed the problem.