I would like to create my family tree in the Ancestor Fan Chart, but it shows only a portion of the entire family (over 300 people). I would like to use the Fan Chart appearance, but with the complete line like in All-in-One chart (which shows like everybody).
Can this be done, or do I have to use All-in-One chart only to display my entire family? THX Jan
Sometimes I insert a fact that is not in the pre-supplied list of categories from which to select. So as to get more notes in the information display panel on the right hand side of the Matches view (that you use when merging) I have put in shortened version of the category name (the longer the category name the less space for information as the start of it keeps level with the end of the category name).
Anyway I have maybe fifty unusable shortened category names left over from my experiments that are quite useless and I want to delete them.
For example about thirty from my attempts to shorten the long word Alternative;
such as Al Birth/ Al Death/ AlBurial/ Alt Birth/ Alt Death/ Alt, Death... And Alt. Birth etc. which I do use.
The system allows me to make Custom Facts but apparently not to delete them.
The list of "Custom Facts" contains -- in addition to my two custom facts -- all kinds of garbage that I must have somehow created, though I have no idea how.
There are perhaps forty things like "." (yes, a period) and "b" and "Alterna" . ....
I have figured out how these garbage facts occur! It has been a pain in the a** having them there. I have been able to many times to get rid of them, but they haveappeared as soon as i have started to workon the tree again.
Daniel (well, at least the support) will receive a comprehensive bug-report with pictures and so on about how to reproduce this bug, but in short, here is how it can be done:
1. Open up any persons fact tab and click once in the field named Type (for any fact listed). You will see the fact text becomes marked.
2. Start typing for example BUG in this field and click OK to close the window.
3. Open up the persons window again and go to the Facts tab. Notice how one of the facts are named BUG.
4. Pretend to add a new fact for this person and you will find three new custom facts: B, BU and BUG
It is clearly a bug, as no pull-down meny should be writable at any point.
In order to clean up the "Custom Facts" you will need to edit the configuration file of the project in your family tree builder. In order to do this you will need to navigate to your project's directory.
Your project directory can be found by opening the family tree builder and navigating to Tools > Options > General > Project's Directory (On the Right panel).
Once you navigate to this folder on your computer you will have a list of the projects you currently have on your computer, choose the project that you currently have trouble with. Another list of folders in different names will open up, choose "Cfg" (short for configuration).
There will be a file called "Project-v2.cfg", right click on it and choose "Open" (or if you have the option "Open With...") > Select a program you would like to open the file with > open with Notepad.
**Please be careful while you edit the configuration file, as it might lead to unexpected results.
Search for the next line:
The rest of the line should contain your custom facts in the following convention:
"<name of custom fact 1>|<name custom fact 2>|...|<name of custom fact n>"
Delete the unnecessary fact (with the divider next to it), save the file and open the family tree builder.
This may be a complex process, it really depends on how large your tree is. Anyway, i got rid of my custom fact 'B' that was not present in the cfg-file (like yours Tom, the blank fact) .
What you need to do:
1) from FTB -> File -> Export GEDCOM. Save the gedcom wherever you want.
2) Open the exported gedcom file (in Notepad , Word, Office Writer or whatever)
3) Start searching for any text that looks like '2 TYPE ' Make sure you have TWO spaces after the word TYPE (in my case i searched for '2 TYPE B').
4) When you find a suspicious candidate, see if you can identify the person who this fact belongs to (usually a few lines further up in the Gedcom-file)
5) In FTB, find the person and check if the person has a fact to his details labeled....nothing (the blank/no-namegiven fact)
6) Delete or change the fact.
7) you can continue to search in the Gedom you you find other suspicious candidates that are using the same blank fact. Note that you will not get rid of the blank fact before you have found all of the persons that are possibly using it.
8) If you think you have found them all and changed/deleted the blank fact from every person, save and restart FTB.
Voila! Hopefully the messed up fact are gone from the list over custom facts. At least I got rid of mine.
I hope you read this Tom, i really wonder if you are able to get rid of it this way!
Daniel, I really hope you read this too! This is proof that somewhere in the system, custom facts are stored without being listed in the cfg-file. Since the fact are to be found in the exported Gedcom, it has to be in there somewhere besides the cfg-file itself.
Edit: Tom, the custom fact may or may not have the name ' ' (with a space). If it's name are nothing, you may have to search the Gedcom for '2 TYPE ' (single space only) which could take time (depending on the size of your tree). Maybe you should send Daniel your whole project so that he can figure out where the custom fact is actually stored/hidden? I mean, now that I have found a way to get rid of it, he might be able to figure out where it's stored.
Either way, you can be fairly sure that some person in your tree are "using" this blank fact. It will probably stay in the custom facts list until you find the person(s) having the blank fact listed in their details and change/delete the fact.
Thank you for the additional, very detailed information on this matter. I added that to the comments we already sent our developers on this issue.
One thing I would like to share with you: when entering a custom fact from the 'new fact' dialog this doesn't happen - it only happens if you edit the fact directly from the edit person card and change the 'Type Field' manually.
When editing a person card, go to the 'Facts' tab and on the bottom click on the button 'New Fact' - adding a custom fact from there does add the fact properly.
Thank you, Daniel, that worked, though it left a blank at the top of the list that I can't get rid of.
As a side note to this: This blank fact you have may also occur as a single letter. I can confirm you are not able to get rid of it.
Currently mine is shown as a capital B but I have also seen it as a f in earlier versions of the software. I should also add that I have an additional fact beside this single letter/blank fact. It is named Settlement (the translated version). It is, similar to these others, not a word that occor in any of my cfg-files.
What side effects occur when I am pruning my family tree? E.g. removing a large branch in the family tree. Does Smart Matches automatically accommodate to the new situation? What about photographs and documents that were a part of the deleted branch?
I guess it is important, for most members and situations, to keep a separate record of the branch you prune.
When I finally have most family members recorded in my two trees (my wife's, and my own) I would like to split each of them, so as to have all family members in one tree, including the remote relations; and just the closer family members in another.
I've tried looking for the answer to this question, but haven't found anything anywhere yet. Is it possible to change the order of citations in the software. For example, if I have a great-grandfather who has a first citation of a census, then a death certificate, and then another census-- but, after having already entered them, I want to put them in a certain order (censues together and in order, etc.) can I?
Is it possible to change the order of citations in the software. For example, if I have a great-grandfather who has a first citation of a census, then a death certificate, and then another census-- but, after having already entered them, I want to put them in a certain order (censues together and in order, etc.) can I?
Not sure I follow that, Bryan. I guess you're referring to Family Tree Builder rather than the online version, where for sure you can't change the order because AFAIK it's derived from FTB. I did check the V7 manual chapter on Citations (p. 151ff) but it wasn't much help at all and certainly doesn't answer your question.
When you attach a citation to a fact (death certificate to date of death, for example, or census record to residence fact) it stays with that fact and the facts are chronological. So the citation for the 1860 US census would be followed by that for the 1870 US census then the 1875 state census, etc. So that can't be what you mean.
Perhaps you're referring to the Citations tab. I use that for general reference that covers a multitude of facts, such as a biography from a local history. There, the citations are in the order I entered them, which in my case was usually as I found them in my research. The only way I've found to change their order is to delete and re-enter.
I prefer the method at another genealogy site, where you can enter a citation then link it to any number of facts, or copy it and paste it to another fact. Gives more flexibility and easier to use.... but I think you can't change the order there either.
My family reunion is over, I've transferred a GEDCOM to my account at ancestry.ca, I've done a backup, and I published my tree to the online site.
I'm ready to upgrade from V6 to V7.
So, in my FireFox 22 browser, I went to http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder and clicked the Download button. Got an error.
Tried it in Internet Explorer 8. Went to the same site, clicked Download, got an error.
Repeated it in Google Chrome, got an error.
Back to FireFox, from a different URL, went to http://www.myheritage.com/download-family-tree-builder. clicked Download Now, got an error. Repeated with other browsers. Got an error.
Remembered that I have to turn off my virus protection. Disabled NAV. Checked that the Windows firewall is off.
Repeated all of the above. Got the same results. Einstein's definition of insanity whispers inside my skull.
Turned NAV and the firewall back on.
I think there was an alternative server somewhere but I didn't bookmark it. Gotta go back and re-read all the old FTB7 problem posts and search my email. It would be so much easier if something in this #$%@$% site would WORK. I apologize for the bad language -- I'm frustrated.
It's ironic that I put off trying V7 until it stabilized a bit, and now I can't even download it to try it.
I've got the same problems - the application hangs after a short time. Today I was able to download 4.1 MB but then I faced a hang.. I'm activating the upgrade by selecting the menu Tools - search for Updates.