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How do i change the person that the tree thinks is me?

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I started the tree from the reference point of my one of my ancestors, and have worked up and down the lineages from them. The tree thinks this person is me, is there any way I can change who the tree thinks is me? It would be a lot easier to show relationships if I could.
asked Sep 6, 2022 by alexp99 (130 points)

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You can do this by following these steps:

  1. exporting your family tree as a GEDCOM file
  2. creating a new family tree from your account page
  3. importing your GEDCOM file into the new tree
  4. as a last step in the import it asks you who the main person should be

Note that photos are not exported with your GEDCOM file, and you'll have to reshare the tree with anyone else who has viewing or editing rights.

I believe that you could also do it this way, but I haven't tested this:

  1. Click on the person you want to make the main person
  2. Mark them as living if they are not
  3. Share the tree with them (give them editing rights)
  4. Copy the URL toward the bottom and paste it into another browser
  5. Create a new account so you can edit everyone in the tree. 
  6. Close your old account after you're sure everything is working.

This should preserve the photos, but you'll have a new account. If you only have one family tree in your account, and you are the only one editing the tree, that's maybe not such a big deal.

answered Sep 6, 2022 by lsommerer (34,970 points)