Treatment of adopted children in family trees #general


Stan Goodman <sheol@...>
 

Acceptable to whom? It is your family tree, and you are compiling it.
Setting criteria for inclusion is up to you, and nobody else.

That said, I have included adopted children in my tree, and I suppose
I am not the only one. I am sure that there are also people who do not
do so.

On Sat, 25 Nov 2000 18:22:26, benkarliner@juno.com (Benjamin Karliner)
opined:

Is it acceptable practice to include a blood relative's adopted child in
one's family tree? I would appreciate any insight on this matter >from our
fellow Genners.
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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Benjamin Karliner
 

Is it acceptable practice to include a blood relative's adopted child in
one's family tree? I would appreciate any insight on this matter >from our
fellow Genners.
Thank you.
Ben Karliner
Delray Beach, Florida <benkarliner@juno.com>


Lifshitz-Krams Anne
 

This question has already been often discussed on this forum, and as I
explained in the paper I published in Avotaynu, the sociological answer is :
it depends on how you define "family" (biologicaly or socialy).
There is also a technical answer : my genealogical software allows
me, for each child, to indicate if he/she is legitimate or not, adopted
etc..., and even to comment. I don't know if it is the case with other
softwares.
As long as I have included adopted children in my database, I can choose to
print trees with or without them, - or with a special sign or color to
indicate who is illegitimate or who is adopted - according to the purpose of
each tree (social document or biological document).
You can also choose to show who is carrier of a genetical desease if you are
interested in genetics or who is Jewish if you are interested by religion,
or who works in fur industry if you are interested in occupations....
*but the choice is yours * and no one else can decide.
Anne Lifshitz-Krams

Benjamin Karliner < benkarliner@juno.com >

Is it acceptable practice to include a blood relative's adopted child in
one's family tree? I would appreciate any insight on this matter >from our
fellow Genners.


Mark Halpern <willie46@...>
 

From: sheol@hashkedim.com (Stan Goodman)
Acceptable to whom? It is your family tree, and you are compiling it.
Setting criteria for inclusion is up to you, and nobody else.

That said, I have included adopted children in my tree, and I suppose
I am not the only one. I am sure that there are also people who do not
do so.
The original question was "Is it acceptable practice to include a blood
relative's adopted child in one's family tree?"

Mr. Goodman is correct. It is the genealogist's decision. However, I would
suggest that you consider the sensitivities of the family and ask what the
adoptee or the parents of the adoptee would prefer. If the answer is _no_, I
would ask myself whether a family rift or accuracy is a better result.

As genealogists, we are all interested in accuracy. However, the issue of
privacy, which has been discussed before in this forum, is a personal
issue. In my opinion, family harmony overrides accuracy.

Mark Halpern
West Conshohocken, PA