There is nice tree printing mode for posters in myheritage.com. I use "ancestors" mode to print all ancestors for my daughter. But it prefers "birth" dads to step-dads, but in our familiy tree printing there is places where we actually prefer step-dads (cause of birth "dads" not being really part of family).

The same problem goes in match algorithms. I'm not interested in every marriage relatives match, but I interested in my step grand-grand father ansectors.

How I could mark step dads as "prefferable"?

  • Hi, welcome to G&FH.SE! Speaking not as a mod here, but as a member of the community who is also an adopted kid, may I ask you to reconsider the terminology you've used in your question? The term "real parent" is problematic. See genealogy.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3350/1006
    – Jan Murphy
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 1:26
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    @JanMurphy Revised. More suggestions welcome
    – Leotsarev
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 17:22

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I would create a new tree for each step-relative you want to trace. Your step-relative should be the central person and it should include all his/her relatives. You could include his/her step children in the tree as if they were real. I'd then remove him/her from my main tree so I won't have to maintain information in both trees. Then whenever hints come in from your step-tree, you'll know they're for your step family.


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