I'm currently looking at a couple of genealogical software alternatives that are NOT associated with the Mormons. For some reason, I think that's part of the problem, because they have some weird beliefs concerning marriage and children. Maybe that's why their software seems to have no problem showing men married to multiple women!
It is curious that Mormons are prominent in genealogy software... I don't know the exact roots of the MyHeritage and FTB software, but the company founders certainly have nothing to do with Mormons and seem to have enough technological know-how to move things along:
My previous efforts in setting up a family tree were in DOS days using organisational software, so it was very limited and I did not get very far. Recently a public institution that has a genealogy dept which holds certain types of trees sent me a tree established by someone else but containing us, because I wanted to update it.
They recommended MyHeritage FTB, which I downloaded and with which I imported the GEDCOM file. I am still working on amendments.
I don't know anything else but I find FTB dead easy to use, though I can see issues such as yours looming. I have problems with understanding the definitions of Immigration, Settlement, Move etc. There is no compendium of terms. Then I see that (non-marriage) name changes are not displayed even in FTB, One has to go into the details of individuals to find them.
This 'main' tree is now too big to publish on the web for free and I am not sure I would want to. However, I built a small tree (28 members) for another family from scratch and published it, as an exercise to see how the systems worked.
Nevertheless, given the complexity of real life, I think FTB is still great and the owners appear to be dealing with bugs and trying to make improvements.
I don't know how stiff the competition for free apps is, but online there is a lot, Google's Geni must be pretty big.
Actually, heritage.com is indeed affiliated with the LDS church. In fact, if you look at the software, there's even an icon that says "temple", and you also have the option to upload your gedcom to them. I've read that the LDS (Mormons) have this thing about "sealing" marriages and also about being able to get their dead relatives into the "celestial kingdom", as they call it. At any rate, if you play around with their software, you'll see what I mean.
I'm currently checking out The Master Genealogist software and Roots Magic. I'll post my thoughts on that. It is frustrating, though, when you're doing family genealogies and dealing with sometimes complex relationships. For example, you might see a woman whose husband dies, and she remarries - her husband's brother. You can imagine the problems that arise with software on that one!
As far as LDS software goes, whether you're dealing with Legacy, Heritage, Family Tree maker, etc., they're all Mormon-based. They have probably the biggest genealogy research project and database on the planet.
MyHeritage.com is start up founded by Gilad Japhet in 2003 in Bnei Atarot, Israel.
We are a privately help company and not affiliated with any LDS church or "Mormon-based" companies.
Here is a link to the MyHeritage.com wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyHeritage
Here is a link to our company profile on TechCrunch (a highly ranked independent technology blog): http://www.crunchbase.com/company/myheritage.
MyHeritage.com may have been conceived in Israel, but our goal is to provide tools for genealogists of all creeds. Genealogy is a shared passion of people from around the world. We didn't work so hard to make our products available in 34 languages for nothing.
Our Family Tree Builder software does have facts such as baptism, child sealing, endowment, etc. for LDS users. It also has facts for users of many other religions and nationalities.
As for the complex relationship you mention, it is possible to create this "widow who married her husband's brother" relationship in Family Tree Builder using the Attach Spouse option.
As it happens "temple" is also a term widely used by American Jews to refer to the synagogue, and the marriage to which you refer could be, depending on circumstances, a levirate marriage, and was practised by the Israelites and other ancient peoples:
It is highly likely Mormons acquired the custom from the Hebrew Bible. Given that the MyHeritage founders are Jewish and (now) genealogy specialists, at least some of them should be aware of this marital arrangement, even if very rare (among Jews) nowadays.
Whatever it is, I look forward to your comments on the alternatives.
Are we limited in the number of family trees that can be published with a Premium Plus membership? I have four trees that I want to publish. Whenever I publish the third tree it overwrites the oldest. In FTB all four show they are published.
When you publish a tree from Family Tree Builder, if it is the same tree as one that you have previously published to your family site, with the same name, then it will replace the previously published tree that was on your site.
If you rename the tree, then it will publish the tree as a new tree.
These are new trees. I exported my main tree to Gedcom. Then I split that tree into four trees. Then I imported three of the Gedcom files to new projects. So now with 4 trees it doesn't matter which tree or what order I publish them, only the last two will appear.
i have one person in 2 places in my family tree, how can i fix that...my uncle''s daughter is married to my brother(akward i kno, but some common in alot of cutures). is it possible to marge it so that my sister in law can go under my uncle's daugher and under my brother's wife without me haveing to create a brand new branch? if u dont understand my question, i'll post u my information
Regarding the Gedcom file, all gedcom files are exported in their entirety. I see that you have many trees on your family site. Is it possible that you sent them the incorrect tree.
Regarding the pop-up in Family Tree Builder, I think this is because you have an older version of Family Tree Builder installed on your computer.
Can you please try to install the newest version from our site. You do not have to uninstall the version that you currently have, and you will not lose any of your information. This should fix the problem.
I have more than 40 thousans persons in my family three. With some of the persons there is both through spouse and through blood (same ancestor). Sometimes is the relation through spouse shorter and is shown on relation screen. It would be a nice functionality to be able to get blood relation report even though it is longer than the spouse one.
Also, it woud be nice to have on the ancestors report as an option a level parameter which would for each ancestor include it's descedents. I.e. if 1 is specified, the report would include for each ancestor it's children information, if 2 both the children and their's children information etc.