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In my Ancestry.com.au family tree there are an unknown number of Unknown relationships that should be Biological relationships.

I often spot them when I am on a profile page like below:

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These are errors and I do not know how they were introduced into my tree. They are easily fixed using the Edit > Edit Relationships button to turn them to Biological but they mess up other Ancestry functionality like ThruLines.

Is there any way to search for Unknown relationships in an Ancestry tree?

I am hoping for an Ancestry.com solution, but I also have Family Tree Maker 2017.

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I had the same question today, and figured out an answer. It involves the raw GEDCOM file, but it is possible.

  • Step 1: Export your raw GEDCOM file from Ancestry.
    • Tree Settings
    • Tree Info Page
    • Manage your Tree section
    • Export Tree
    • (When ready) download
  • Step 2: Open the GEDCOM in a text editor like Notepad++
  • Step 3: Search for "REL UNKNOWN". Here is an example from my GEDCOM:
    • The text below stands for Family 15 with with husband 56 and wife 75 has a Child 77 who has a natural relationship with the Father and an unknown Relationship with the mother
0 @F15@ FAM 
1 HUSB @P56@
1 WIFE @P75@
1 CHIL @P77@
2 _FREL Natural
2 _MREL Unknown
  • Step 4: Search for the child: @P77@
    • You will find multiple places where @P77@ exists, but you are looking for the individual record.
0 @P77@ INDI 
  • Step 5: Scroll down from the individual record until you find their name
1 NAME John John Johnson
  • Step 6: Go back to this person in Ancestry.com and fix the relationship
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just get family tree maker, sync your tree from ancestry, relationship report, go through the unknowns and sync back to ancestry - really easy

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    Hi, welcome to G&FH.SE! Please look at the help center to learn more about the site. One-line answers with minimal information aren't a good fit for our site. Your answer could be improved by recognizing that the OP has Family Tree Maker 2017, which no longer syncs with Ancestry.
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 2 at 6:04

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