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How to Add Siblings on Ancestry 2021

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This teaches you how to add a brother or sister to an existing family member on Ancestry.com and the Ancestry mobile app. You won't see the option to add a sibling unless the existing family member already has at least one parent. If you don't know the identity of either parent, you can create a"placeholder"parent that exists only to connect the siblings.

Steps

Method 1 of 2:Using Ancestry.com on a Computer

1Log in to https://www.ancestry.com. If you haven't yet signed in, click the SIGN IN link at the top-right corner of the page to do so now.

2Click Trees. It's in the menu that runs along the top of the page. A list of your family trees will expand.

3Click the tree you want to edit. This opens your family tree in its default view.

4Click the existing sibling. This is the existing family member to whom you'll be connecting a sibling. Clicking the person's name will open a white pop-up containing a few options.

To search for someone, click Find Person at the top-right corner, type the first and/or last name of the person you're looking for, and then click the magnifying glass icon.

You can navigate the tree by scrolling in any direction. Use the + near the top-left corner of the tree to zoom in, and the - below it to zoom out.

5Click the Profile button. It's the first button on the white pop-up.

6Click + Add Family. This link is below the list of family members that runs along the right side of the page. A menu containing different possible relations will appear.

This person's parents appear at the top of the"Family"column on the right side of the page. You can only add a sibling to a family tree member with at least one parent.

If this person doesn't have any parents listed, click Add Father or Add Mother at the top of the right column to add one now. If you don't know the identity of either parent, use a placeholder name like"Unknown Mother"or"Unknown Father."

7Select Sister or Brother. The"Add new person"window will appear.

If you're not sure of the sibling's gender, just select one of the options for now. You can change the gender to"Unknown"in the next step.

8Enter the information you have about the sibling. The only required fields are Last Name, Gender, Status, and Parents. If you're not sure of the other details, just leave those fields blank.

If the person you're adding already exists in the family tree, click Select someone in your tree near the top-left corner of the window to find and select that person now.

9Click the Save button. It's the green button at the bottom of the"Add new person"window. This person is now added to the selected family member as a sibling.

Method 2 of 2:Using the Ancestry Mobile App

1Open Ancestry on your phone or tablet. It's the grey icon containing a green leaf design. You'll usually find it on the home screen, in the app drawer (on an Android), or by searching.

If you're not already signed into your account, tap the green Sign In link at the bottom of the screen to sign in now.

Signing in to the app will take you to your default family tree. If you manage multiple trees, you can select a different one by tapping Account at the bottom-right corner of the screen and then tapping the tree's name.

2Tap the existing sibling. This is the existing family member to whom you'll be connecting a sibling. A few options will appear.

You can browse the tree by dragging it around with your finger. To zoom out, place two fingers together on the screen and then spread them apart. To zoom back in, pinch two fingers together on the screen.

To search for someone, tap the outline of a person with a magnifying glass at the top-left corner, and then start typing a name. Tap the correct person in the search results

3Tap Add Relative. A list of possible relations will appear.

4Tap Add Sibling. The"Add Sibling"screen will appear.

If there are no parents logged for this family member, the option to add a sibling will be grayed out. To add a parent, tap either Add Father or Add Mother instead. If you don't know the identity of either parent, you can use a placeholder name like"Unknown Mother"or"Unknown Father."

5Enter the sibling's first name. To start typing, tap the"First Name"field at the top of the screen to open the keyboard. If you don't know the sibling's first name, you can use a placeholder name like"Unknown Sibling."

As you type, Ancestry will attempt to find a matching person in your tree. If this new sibling is already in the tree, tap their name in the search results to connect them now.

6Enter the information you have about this person. If you're not sure of the person's birth and/or death date, you can leave those fields blank.

Selecting a gender tells Ancestry to list that sibling as a Brother or Sister. If you're unsure of the gender, select Unknown.

The sibling's parents are listed at the bottom of this form. If you're adding a half-sibling, deselect the parent who should not be connected to the person. You can then add a different parent or leave that field blank.

7Tap Add. It's at the top-right corner of the screen. This person is now added to the selected family member as a sibling.