Is there a way to set-up or edit a Source eg; a Birth certificate so that it shows as a Primary definition on all Birth Certs within my Database, rather than having to go thru the whole listings and change each one etc.
Uri. I have a database of some 1400 persons and I would like to edit those who have a particular Source by changing that Source Citation's confidence to a certain level. In this case ensure that their Birth Certificate Source is changed to the confidence level of Primary.
Also how can I move some items that have Death Notes from the Notes to "Cause of Death"
We are using the GEDCOM standard (the industry genealogy standard of how to encode genealogical information) about sources and citation. I also never understood why the confidence is defined on a citation and not on the source itself. So yes, you will need to change the confidence of each citation for the source. One thing that can help you is that from the Manage Sources window (View > Sources in the main menu) you can select a source and then click the Source Usage button to see and edit all the citation that reference this source.
Moving death notes to cause of death. Again. I will have to be done manually. You can use the Search functionality to find these people though. Click Search (either from Edit menu, or from the little button with the magnifying glass about the list of names on the left, or the Search button above the Family Tree view) and select the following criteria:
Cause of death: Is empty
Advanced > Notes > Fact note : Is not empty
This will list all individuals in your tree without a cause of death and have a fact note (not necessarily a note on the death fact, but it will narrow your list down)
I am new to both myheritage.com and FTB. I created a small tree on myheritage.com. I also created another tree using FTB (because it won't publish to the one I created on the website). So now I have two trees on myheritage.com.
When viewing myself in the tree created on myheritage.com, it recognized that the profile I'm viewing is me. When viewing myself (on myheritage.com) in the tree created by FTB and published to myheritage.com, it wants me to invite myself to the website. I have the contact email in the FTB profile for myself set to the same as my site admin email.
Why does it not recognize that I'm in the family tree published from FTB? This seems very basic?
Another question... Why can't the software and website co-exist where changes in FTB show up on the website, and change made in the website show up in FTB? It seems like they're two distinctly different software. It just feels like a disaster waiting to happen.
1) I see that you have 2 identical trees in your site. It's a good practice to only have one tree. Multiple trees are good when these are separate trees of different branches of the family or of totally different families.
The reason that your profile in the web tree is identified as you and your profile in the FTB tree is not, is that only one profile in the entire site can be associated with a particular member (you). You need to decide which method of editing you wish to proceed with. Since your tree is still relatively small, I would recommend to remove the FTB tree and to continue editing on the web. This will allow other family members to contribute easily as well.
2) You are right that changes made on the website to the FTB tree do not show up back in FTB tree. This is something that we are working on the for the next version of FTB.
Thank you for responding. Everything you said makes sense. I agree I probably should stick to the web version, so that family can make changes. I look forward to FTB 6.0 or whatever version makes two-way synchronization work. The data should ultimately reside "in the cloud" (on the website) and the FTB software should modify that data, not a local database (unless a user wants it to only be local of course).
1. When my cousin starts adding members to my family tree ("The Stadlers"), will it remain "The Stadlers" family tree, or will it center on his family ("The Urbaneks")? My branch of the tree is very small, and naming the entire thing after us seems a little silly.
2. What is the best practice for naming a family tree, when the family name quickly becomes very subjective?
3. Can my cousin add 250 people to his family tree, and link up to mine, for a family tree w/ a max 500 people?
I'm replying because I have the same basic questions you do. I titled my family tree "My Family" because I am not going to segregate to one side of the family. Calling it the "McRae Tree" seems illogical when I intend to have my wife's family, my mom's family, etc in it. Good questions!
I think the general rules of thumb with naming a family tree are:
If you are the sole editor of the family tree and are building it for recording historical information about a certain linage, then you can safely name it based on the surname of the top ancestor.
If you are creating a family tree where multiple members can edit and expand, you can name it after several of the main family names, e.g., "McRae - Williamson - Kelly - ...."
If this is a family tree when many members share information, add photos and greet each other on birthdays and so on, I found it better, as you did, to just call the site "My Family" or "Our Family" or something of that nature so that everyone will feel welcome and not a marginal part of the family.
Thanks for the tip. That works if the maiden name is known and entered. If the maiden name is blank, FTB5 displays the married name, which is not what I wanted. (I believe FTB4 displayed a question mark, which made sense.)
I've found a klutsy workaround. I entered "<surname unknown> in the maiden name field. I don't like it. I think FTB should leave it blank if you set the last name to "maiden name" in the Names options.
Are you referring to the following situation: You did not enter the woman's maiden name and you HAVE entered her married name? In this case, FTB does show the married name since there is no maiden name to show at all. I guess you will need to manually enter "?" for the maiden name if you want to show this last name in this case.
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 "?"