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Being a Dutch (NL) user of my hertage user I have intrested my USA relatives to join and update the tree where needed, with the Research tool of my heritage I found the my grandfather's father and so the search began we only knew until our grandfather and that he was Dutch know we know that:
The frisbee (the current one) is invented by a close relative family member
We might be Decendents of a Scotish king
We have german, dutch, and indonesian roots
We have found more distant Relatives and or relations in Denmark, Netherlands and might have in Indonesia, and USA
The best part is that starting around christmas(2008) until now(jan 2009) in not more Than a month we grew from 50 known relatives to 450 relatives by just searching online and using MyHeritage
I would like to tell everyone that within two weeks of publishing my first family tree a smart match resulted in me getting connected with a second cousin (not a Heritage member-a Rootswebber) who not only supplied much missing info for my tree but also photos of my grandfather and others. What a great day that was!
I sent a message to someone thru myheritage asking a question about a smartmatch. I was plesently surprised to receive a reply from her. Turns out we are distant cousins. She sent me tons of family info that I would not have found without smartmatch. In return I sent her some old family photos. We continue to stay in touch now thru email. Thank you for this wonderful service that has helped me find more relatives and to make a new friend. Sincerely, Sherry
Since I started genealogy searches over 12 years ago, and since joining MyHeritage only this spring, I have found many new relatives that I wouldn't have found otherwise using SmartMatches.
I do have one problem though...when I receive SmartMatches in my email, there are many times that when I click on a specific match ...it comes up with NO matches???
What is up with that?
I have had wonderful comments on my site as there are loads of photos of relatives, and that seems to be the best feature of my site. It is one thing to view lists of people and families, but to have a photo of the individuals makes it all the better.
I initially started my site with about 2700 people and now have over 4460 since June 2008..marvelous!
i have been sent a disc that has been copyied from another member of my family about thier family tree but i can not open it.. my computer does not know how to open gedcom files.i was wondering if anyone had any advice as to how or where i could download a programme that would open this disc. thxs
What is the file extension name of the file? is it .ged or .txt?
If the gedcom is in .txt format you will have to change the file extension name.
If this is the case and you need help changing the extension, just let me know and I can walk you through it.
If the file is indeed a .ged file, can you tell me which family tree software it was created in, how you try to open (double click on the file, use the import gedcom feature) and what, if any, error messages you receive when trying to open the file.
thx you for your patients. the information i get when i put disc into my comp says the following...tree.ged 000... and when i put my mouse over it it says....type:FBCfile.. date modified:26/07/2008 18.04..size105KB...... when i click on it my own family tree builder pops open and i then go to open click browze and click my local disc drive nothing happens.. i know its something simple but for the life of me i cant figure it out . daniel
Patience is not an issue here. It's my pleasure to help you!
This is what I found about FBC files: http://www.ancestry.com/share/awt/ftwftm.htm
Maybe you can ask the person that sent you the file to convert the FBC file to a gedcom and then send it back to you? Or maybe you already have Family Tree Maker and can follow the steps listed on the URL above to convert the FBC file to a regular gedcom?
If you would like to have a tree which many members can collaborate on from different computers, then your best option would be to upload a gedcom file of your tree directly to your family site. This will create a family tree which is editable online.
Currently, family trees created in Family Tree Builder cannot be edited online.
We are working on the capability to synchronize between online editable trees and Family Tree Builder trees. This feature will become available in the future.
My best recommendation for you is to go with the gedcom import option at this point in time.
One important thing to know is that photos won't be transferred with the gedcom file. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to do this yet. You will have to place the photos back into the tree manually. This will be greatly simplified though with our new Photo Tagging feature which is located on the albums page.
If you'd like help with the Photo Tagging feature, let me know.
Now, how to upload a gedcom file?
According to your original question, I assume that something happened to the family tree your were working on in Family Tree Builder and you were looking to restore the tree there? Is this correct?
In order to get your tree back into Family Tree Builder, go to your family site and click on the Family Tree page. Now click on Manage Trees and find the Export Gedcom link. Click on this link to create a gedcom file of your tree.
After saving the file to your computer, you can either double click it to open in Family Tree Builder and continue working on your family tree from there OR go back to your site and click on the Import Gedcom option from the Family Tree page to create a tree you and your family members will be able to edit directly online.
I hope this information helps you. If you have more questions, just let me know.
If you created your family tree in Family Tree Builder, then the tree will not be editable online. We're currently working on letting you sychronize between your Family Tree Builder and online editable trees.
If you uploaded a gedcom file to your family site or started your tree from scratch online then anyone you invite to be a member will automatically be able to add to the tree.
When someone adds content to your site, the Newsfeed on the Home page of your site shows a blurb about it. So you can see who added photos, who added names to the tree, who became a member, etc. everytime you enter your site.