I have been converted from TMG to RM for about three years. (no going back) I am still cleaning up artifacts that did not import well into RM. The relationship between child and parent has recently come up since I am writing a story about a small portion of my database and the childparent artifact showed up.
Question: How to most effectively treat the Parent Child relationship in RM7.
Rm7 appears to work with the first set of parents exclusively in reports and charts bypassing any adoptive parents or step parents.
On the person main screen where the person, spouse and parents are listed, there is a place for multiple parents, there is a place for sources and notes for the parents. In experimenting with this it appears not to be as useful as I would like. That data is attached to the parents. If the parents have 10 children with 2 sources each for the Parent Child relationship then all 20 of those sources appear for each child – thus making this confusing and it appears that this info would not appear in reports or charts.
My approach would be to add a My Parent Child fact different from the RM generated fact. I would then place a My Parent Child fact just after the birth and explain that relationship with sources. Then I would place another My Parent Child fact after any adoption fact to explain that relationship. I would also do this if a parent remarried and the relationship from child to step parent was worth noting. I have also looked at membership applications to DAR, SAR, etc. I was printed out a relationship chart from me to the appropriate ancestor and then by hand I looked at all the tags between generations and I tried to get both forward and backward pointers for each generation. A birth would be a backward pointer and a will would be a forward pointer in my terminology. I think this would make that process easier if I included all the forward and backward pointers in the My Child Parent fact
In each new My Parent Child fact I would include sources, description and notes applying to this fact and make sure that my sentence structure reflects what I want to appear in reports.
I could then either include or exclude this fact type from reports as needed. I think this would also pass through any GEDCOM restrictions except for the sentence structure.
I am hoping that this will address the child parent issue at least temporarily until RM addresses the issue permanently .
Am I getting myself in trouble with this or is there a better way?