Yes, Uri, that's the situation. I think this behavior is different in FTB5 because I used to see "?" there before. For those of us who want to work with maiden names and know when the maiden name is unknown, it's hard if FTB defaults to a married name instead of showing a blank or a "?". By the way, I tried to enter a "?" manually, but this seems to be a reserved character for FTB because it won't save it. Likewise, entering "unknown" doesn't work. I ended up having to enter something that FTB thinks is a real name, such as "<surname unknown>". Finally that worked.
I will make sure we will add a fix in the near future so that if you ask to show maiden names, and there is only a married name but not a maiden name, the last name will not show the married name but will rather show "?"
Tools > options > names > last name for married women = maiden name
Tools > options > names > empty last names = ?
It works for me!
CORRECTION: The above comment is not strictly true - I hadn't remembered that I had deleted married name using edit person which seems to solve it in FTM but once uploaded reverts to married name. The program does seem to have been 'broken' for unknown maiden name display.
Could I make a suggestion? I have found out the hard way that having "Unknown" for empty first, last & full names that when exported as a GEDCOM, that the record seems to disappear. I have had a couple of instances when the the file has been saved/updated that the record numbers go "crazy". an example is when there are, say, 750 names (including unknown) and FTB says there are 750 persons, when a new name is added, the next record ID is 1501, ie, double the number of persons plus 1. (also note when using the 'plus' sign in these forums that the symbol disappears when previewing before sending!) When this happens I export as GEDCOM to another program, then import back to FTB and the unknown entries are no longer there! As I rely on the ID numbers for publishing to my Web Site (NOT My Heritage as I have developed my own site), this is most annoying.
While I'm on that subject, what causes the ID numbers to do that?
If I list the names as NOT KNOWN for last name and Not Known for first name, this fixes the problem. Therefore in the Options --> Names could "Not Known" be added as well as 'blank' '?' '-' '---' and 'Unknown'?
I hope the development team would seriously consider adding 'Unknown to the list of defaults. Maybe ASAP.
Michael, if the "blank last name" is set to "?" and the woman's name is set to "maiden name" and the woman has no maiden name entered but a married name listed, FTB5 displays the married name. If that's not the behavior you're seeing, you might be using an older version of FTB (and what I hope will be the behavior of the next version of FTB!).
I am having difficulty with the new version of My Heritage, I do not know how to add additional people to my family tree or to edit the current information. The information in ' help' relates to the previous version.
There are many ways to add someone to the database. The easiest way is to view the information for a related person, then look above for the button "Add Person". It'll drop down with selections such as "Add Spouse", "Add Son", "Add Daughter", and you can even "Add Unrelated Person".
The basic management of individuals in the tree has not changed since the previous version so everything in the manual regarding this basic functionality should still be the same. We are currently working on an update to the manual for the new released version 5, and it will be available soon.
We try to answer all our customers, and obviously give priority to paying customers. If we don't know the solution to the problem we try to ask more questions so that we understand the problem better. Sometimes there is no current solution and we attempt to solve the problem in the next version of the product.
If you have a specific question that you would like to ask or problem you are encountering, I'll be happy to try and answer it.
Dear One and All, as a new member to My Heritage and Family Tree Builder, could someone Please give me some guidance as to what users place within the "Agency" section of Add New Source. I understand the other sections fully.
Also whereabouts does one give the reference a # etc for sorting purposes.
I am quoting the GEDCOM standard regarding the meaning of the Agency field in a source:
The organization, institution, corporation, person, or other entity that has responsibility for the associated context. For example, an employer of a person of an associated occupation, or a church that administered rites or events, or an organization responsible for creating and/or archiving records.
I the case of a source, we're talking about the last example: "an organization responsible for creating and/or archiving records"