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Editing Children

To reach the Child List, click the Child Settings icon in the upper-right corner of the Child section on the Family View.  You can also right-click on a child's name on the Family View and then choose Children's Settings.

Changing the Sequence of Children
As children are added to a family, Legacy places them in chronological order according to their birthdates. If no birthdate is included, the child is placed at the end of the list. If you want to change this order, highlight the child whose name you want to move and then use the up and down Order arrows in the lower right corner to move the name within the list.

Setting a Child to "Preferred"
The "preferred" child is generally the child in your direct line and is indicated by an asterisk in the left column of the grid.  Knowing who the preferred child is makes it much easier to move down your line from one descendant to the next.  You can change the preferred child by highlighting the desired name and clicking Set to Preferred Child in the lower left corner of the window.  The asterisk in the left column of the grid then moves to the new child's name.

What are Those Characters?
An asterisk (*) in the lefthand "P" column indicates that the individual is the Preferred child.
A plus sign (+) in the lefthand "P" column indicates that the individual is set as a Direct Line person.
An asterisk (*) before a date in the Birth Date column indicates that the date was taken from the Christening (Baptism) field because there was no date in the Birth field.
An asterisk (*) before a location in the Location column indicates that the location was taken from the Chistenting (Baptism) field because there was no location in the Birth field.

Sorting the List
If you would like to sort the list in ascending order by the birth dates of the children, click Sort.

Child Status
You can tag each child with a special status if you like.  These include Twin and Stillborn.  The default setting when a child is first added to the list is None.  To set a new status, highlight the child and then click the Down Arrow on the Child Status drop-down list at the bottom center.  Select the new status by clicking on it.  You are not limited to the statuses in the list.  To add a new status, just enter it into the field.

Relationship to Father and Mother
You can specify the relation of each child to the father and the mother.  These relationships can be things like Adopted, Foster, or Sealed.  They can even be things like Unproven or Disproven.  The relationships can be specified differently for the father and mother.  Perhaps the father is the biological parent and the mother is an adoptive parent.  The default setting is Biological which is shown as a blank.  To set a new parent relationship, highlight the child and then click the down arrow on the Relationship to Father or Relationship to Mother field.  The Master Child-Parent Relationship List appears.  Select the relationship by clicking on it.  You are not limited to the relationships in the list.  To add a new relationship, just enter it into the appropriate field box.

Private and Invisible Relationships
You can mark the Relationship to Father or the Relationship to Mother as Private or Invisible by putting a checkmark in the Private or Invisible option to the right of the appropriate relationship status.  A Private setting cause the relation to not be mentioned on reports or web pages.  An Invisible setting treats the relationship as non-existent on reports and web pages.  It is as if the child and parent are not linked together.   For example, you might have a Biological relationship between a child and a father that you don't want to publicize or even acknowledge.
On an ancestor report, if a person's child/parent relationship to a parent is marked as invisible, that parent will not be mentioned but the other parent's line will continue (if it is not marked as invisible).
On a descendant report, if a person's child/parent relationship to a main line parent is invisible, that person will not be mentioned as a child and the line will stop.  If the person's child/parent relationship to the spouse of main person is marked as invisible, the line will continue.
Adding Sources
You can add source documentation to the Child Status, Relationship to Father, and Relationship to Mother fields.  To do this, click the Sources icon .   If the icon is colored it means that at least some of the information has been documented.  See Citing the Sources of Your Information for more advice.

Editing a Child's Information
You can edit the individual information for any child in the list by highlighting the name and clicking Edit.  The Information screen appears where you can make changes.

Adding a Brother or Sister to the List
You can add an additional brother or sister to the Child List by clicking either Add Brother or Add Sister.  The Add window appears where you can choose to Add a NEW Person or Link to an EXISTING Person.

Unlinking a Child
To unlink a child from the list, highlight the name and click Unlink.  See Unlinking an Individual from Their Parents for more information.

Deleting a Child
To delete a child from the list, highlight the name and click Delete.  See Deleting an Individual for more information.

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