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If one person has had several marriages, but they were not entered in chronological order, can the order be changed?

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205 views asked Jun 10, 2022 by karenmanis (140 points)
I haven't tried this, so I'm going to add it as a comment, and not an answer. The first thing I would try would be to:

1) Add a fake person to my tree.
2) Make everyone who is a partner to the person for whom I want the ordering to be correct also a partner to this new fake person.
3) Remove all of the partners from the person I want to order correctly.
4) Re-add them as partners to that person in the correct order.
5) Remove them as partners from the fake person.
6) Remove the fake person.

If that works, come back here and tell us.
I haven’t tested this myself, but I think that deleting a person would delete all their marriages (but not the people they were married to). Thus, step 5 is obsolete.

1 Answer

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I actually came across this issue before and I did send feedback about adding this feature some time ago, but in the meantime I came up with two solutions, but they have some setbacks.

You can delete the current relationships, add their exes, then re-add the current ones again. But if they have descendants together then that isn't possible without deleting everyone, too.
The other way is to change this in the import files. For FamilyScript files (didn't check with GEDCOM), you have to move the current partnership, the p lines, before the line with the partnership with the ex, though you would have to reimport the tree to do that and of course, pictures wouldn't be retained. Also, you might need a bit of knowledge about the file format to be able to identify the right people (basically checking if they have the same IDs).
answered Nov 22, 2022 by Z-Rena (1,640 points)