For many people, starting the process of tracking and recording your family history is as simple as creating an account on MyHeritage, putting in parents’ names, then adding partners/siblings/children etc.
For adopted children, however, it’s not that simple.
Not only are there issues of access to information but there are often more fundamental questions that need to be dealt with before the genealogical process can begin.
In this post, and the next few parts of this series, we will look at ways that technology and MyHeritage can help with information discovery as well as the genealogical process more generally.
In this post we deal with one of those fundamental questions I spoke about above i.e. “Which family tree should I be mapping?”
Keep in mind that this is not necessarily a philosophical question. Rather, for many people it’s a question of protocol – that is – should your family tree be a genetic family tree (i.e. birth family) or a societal family tree (i.e. adopted family).
Fortunately for adoptees (and also children who have been fostered or who were conceived through surrogacy or gamete donation) MyHeritage gives you a third option: Set up 2 Family Trees!
That’s right. Just because you’re an adoptee doesn’t mean you can’t use the latest technology to keep track of your family(s) history. Now, assuming you want to set up two family trees, the next bit is easy. All you need to do is follow the instructions below and you’ll be ready to kick things off:
- Sign Up for a MyHeritage Account (or log in if you already have one). Signing up takes seconds and automatically creates your first family tree, so you're halfway there!
- Once you sign up/Log in you'll be redirected to your Home Page
- Once on your Home Page click on the “Family Tree” tab (see the picture below)
- Then click on “Manage Trees” (see picture below)
- Then click on “Add Family Tree” (see picture below)
- Start adding details for your second family tree.
Now you’ve got your trees started, over the next few weeks we’ll bring you more information on how to start working on the often difficult task of getting information into the “birth family” tree in your account