I have been adding data to a branch of my tree. I have now been given a gedcom file from a family member ( who doesnt use MyHeritage) who has much more detail than I have. I would like to import their data onto my tree.
Is there any way to merge the datasets? I am only using the Online site.
A couple of things I would like to explain before we go to the actual instructions on how to merge trees:
1. The process of merging trees can only be done with Family Tree Builder (click here to download it for free).
2. The merging process is not automatic. That means, that you actually will have to merge duplicate people inside the final project manually. Therefore, we only recommend the merging process for two different trees which do not have many of the same people in each one of them. For example: if you receive a file from someone else that already includes you and all your siblings, children, etc... By adding it to your own tree, you wil have all those people appearing twice. It is better to merge when you actually have a branch of a tree that none of the people exist on your own tree, and then you have to simply link that new branch to someone who's already in your tree. Example: if you don't know who your grandfather's mother is, and then you receive a file with all the branch of his mother and you simply will connect that branch to him.
Having that in mind, please click on the link below in order to read a comprehensive explanation on how to merge trees:
As you may know, I'm building my family tree using MyHeritage service. I got another problem. As the tree grows bigger and larger, the size view of the tree is getting ridiculous, especially horizontally. So, can we have an option to rotate the text into vertical position (well, including the person card) when the tree goes beyond a few generations?
Do you know the extra gem on the top right corner of a person card to expand a particular tree? It's very useful. But, why can't we have the same useful trick to collapse an open sub-tree? :)
I build a family tree for my family. I found that the order of siblings in the tree is not consistent. Sometimes it is ordered by the birth date, but sometimes it is ordered by something else. Especially if I add a descendant to the tree below the siblings, it will cause them to change the order. I don't know it is re-ordered based on what criteria.
Is there a way to make the order consistent? I want siblings on every level are ordered based on their birth date, consistently. So simply by looking at the family tree, one would know which is the elder or the younger of the sibling, without digging into their birth date.
Also, if one has more than one spouse... I expect they will be ordered by their wedding date. So simply by looking at the family tree, one would know which spouse is married before or after the other spouse(s). I thought this is a common sense.
I can understand your request, but the display of the siblings in the family site is generated with a very complex system. All persons have to be shown in the correct relationship to each other. Sometimes the order of the siblings cannot be maintained, if other branches are attached to one of the siblings that would cause the tree view to look disoriented. Therefore the system tries to arrange every person in the best way so the tree doesn't have big wholes or lines and you do not have to scroll through empty spaces to see the next person.
However there is still room for improvement of course and I will pass that on to the developers.
Yes, I can understand the complexity. It's hard but it's possible. I've tried other genealogy services, some of them can display the order of siblings correctly (by birth date) without ruining the look of the whole tree. I don't know the details (the algorithm or something) but I know it's very much doable. It's acceptable on the online site since it's dynamic and could display the correct order once in a while (though I don't understand when and why, it's just so). But I don't think it's acceptable on print. I was about to print a branch of my family tree until I noticed that the order of siblings is incorrect. So I canceled it.
I do really hope this will be improved sooner than later because I think this is a serious and important matter. Send my regards to your developer. Good luck. :)