The problem with marriage fact is that it is embeded in a text of the report. Example:
1. Maciej Klepacki was born in 1796 in Kunicha, Poland and died on Aug. 12, 1878 in Kunicha, Poland.He married 1st Katarzyna Bernatowicz on Jul. 22, 1821 in Krasnybor, Poland.
So no "Description" nor "Witnesses" fields are visible. The same is for birth fact and death fact. They are embeded and thus "Description" field of those fact is not included. I think even those facts should be listed below a person with full text from "Description" field like other facts.
Typically I use "Description" field for the following purposes:
Birth: names of reporting persons if known (often close family members)
Death: place of death (home, name of a hospital, not town/city name) o/and names of reporting persons if known
It would be really good to have this info in the report.
I am building my family tree and I had info of the ancestors and I did not have the link to my family, therefore I started a “new tree” and now I have the link and I want to combine these two trees. Is there a way to add an exited program (tree) to another one without adding it one by one? In other words, merge two GEDCOM files with each other.
Cornelia, you can find detailed, step-by-step instructions for doing this in the FAQ here.
Iimporting GEDCOM files is also described in the FTB User Guide on from p. 140 on. To find the Guide, open FTB, click Help in the top menu, then click Users Guide.
The merge is only partial, according to the Guide:
"The ability to merge a GEDCOM file into a current project is done only
partially. Currently the merge will not be done in full. There is still no
application to compare, side by side, your existing family tree and the
one in the imported GEDCOM, where you are asked to pick which
specific records you wish to import and which ones to reject. This
application is planned for a future release. " (p. 148)
As I recall from the last time I imported someone else's GEDCOM (using V6.x), you will wind up with duplicate individuals after the merge, and/or duplicate data for some individuals. You can use Tools > Check for Duplicates to handle the first issue. For the second, just delete or edit the duplicate data whenever you see it in a record. It's a bit of a pain but that's the way it is for now until the MH team gets it fixed.
If that's no longer accurate, perhaps a MH staffer will jump in with correct or up-dated information.
FTB and the site show in the tree view only what you enter in the fields for fiirst name and last name. You can add a prefix and a religious name, but since they are not always used or overwrite the first name, they won't appear automatically in the overview of the tree. This is also due to the Gedcom format, that only recognizes the first and last name fields.
So you can put in the first and last name the name that is used most or the one you would like to show in your tree.
Please let me know if you have any more comments or questions.
Adding contact information for living relatives, and generating an address list, is far easier in MH's Family Tree Builder than in the other genealogy program I'm currently using.
This facility of FTB was used to manage/track invitations for a family reunion last summer. Printing an address list was as easy as clicking Reports > Addresses. After that, it was easy to cut the addresses apart with scissors and glue them to envelopes. Tedious, but perfectly functional.
Anybody found another way to do it?
Maybe printing to address labels or printing to a file for mail merge is in the future?
Adam marries Lilith and they have a daughter, Angel; after divorce, Lilith retains custody of Angel. Adam later marries Eve, who already has a son, Abel. FTB shows Adam & Eve as married with two children, Angel & Abel; but Eve is not the mother of Angel, and Adam is not the father of Abel. The tree display is wrong. Hoe do I make it right? (The children are of age, and no cross adoptions have taken place.)
There shouldn't be a compatiblity issue with Win8.
Please notice that when you restore your FTB family tree from the online site, the photos and documents are downloaded in the background.
This means that your genealogy data file will be restored and loaded quickly, but it might take a while for your all your media files to download from your site (depends on the files size and your connection download speed).
If you go to the photos section in FTB, you will notice that slowly photos are starting to appear.
If I add a new web contact information to a person, i.e. facebook page address; and use æ, ø or å in the contact name field, these characters are displayed a some other characters the next time I open the web contact window.
Although not related to the reported problem, it might be an idea to check the problem with https-address at the same time.
Just to clarify: it is not possible to use any link starting with https://
As example, pictures in galleries at Google picasa web site are using the https-protocol. I assume many are using it, and especially when it comes to sources/citations it would be nice if links worked from within FTB.
When I went to sync FTB, I got a message saying changes had been made in the online site and that I had to choose whether to use the Online tree or my FTB tree to sync to. Since this had never happened before, and I was curious, I chose the online tree.
I expected to be able to review the online changes. To my astonishment, the sync took place WITHOUT INFORMING ME OF WHAT CHANGES HAD BEEN MADE ONLINE.
Moreover, this sync UNDID ALL OF MY RECENT CHANGES IN FTB. HELL AND DAMNATION! AN AFTERNOON'S WORK DOWN THE DRAIN!
This strikes me as absolutely intolerable. I have no idea what was changed, in whose record. Do I have to check all 1272 people to see if somebody maliciously changed or deleted data or added something useful or made a correction?
Immediately after noting the lost data in FTB, I went to my online tree to see if the Family News indicated the changes. I found that a cousin had added a couple of photos. That's all I could find. And for the sake of those two photos, the sync system deleted all my changes in FTB. WHY? WHY DELETE MY WORK IN FAVOR OF THE ONLINE TREE? I thought the sync was supposed to combine the two, not overwrite one with the other.
I find it hard to believe that the system is set up to behave this way. There must be some setting I've missed. I don't mind people editing the online tree -- that's partly what it's for, after all, to promote interactive family research--but I certainly want to be able to review changes before importing them into FTB.
I understand that the system probably made a backup of FTB just before the sync so I would appreciate someone telling me how to retrieve that.
Anybody wonder why I'm spending more and more of my time working at ancestry.com (and in the future will be spending less and less of my money here!)?
I also answered the email you sent to the support team, but I want other users that encounter this problem to benefit from this post.
Let me explain to you how the sync process currently works in FTB7.
Each time that you choose to sync your site from FTB, the sync process downloads all the updates made online (by you or your site members) to your local FTB project, and after the changes are merged into the FTB project, the project is uploaded to the online site (with all updates).
Currently there is no revision of what was downloaded to FTB and all changes that are made online are merged into your project. Before each sync, we backup your project automatically (as you noticed and used it already), for such cases where you are not satisfied with the changes that were made. After you restore the backup, you can upload the backup version to the site.
In the next phase of the sync, we plan on adding this feature where you will be able to review and control which information you want to download and which you don't.
Currently I see that only you as a site creator can edit your tree online. This is because you upgraded from FTB6, where the tree was read-only in the site, so we didn't want to open the editing to all site members unless you chose to.
You can control the editing permission as described in this FAQ post:
The dialog you encountered and described, is referring to a scenario of sync conflict.
This means that your FTB project and the online site are out of sync. It can happen if you restore an older backup in FTB, or if you had a problem with one of your sync sessions that prevented from the sync revision to update in FTB or in the online site (maybe connection problem, or a glitch in our servers).
When the tree is out of sync, the regular sync process is not possible. We cannot download the updates from the site and merge them into FTB, because the trees are out of sync and might include different object IDs.
In such case, you get the option to choose if to continue working on the version of the tree that is currently online or the version of the tree that is currently in FTB software. Any action you choose, will not perform a regular sync process, but would simply overwrite the version that you didn't choose.
I agree that this message is confusing and might not explain the situation in the best way. I will forward this to the FTB product manager and ask to improve this message. I hope this will be done already in the next version release.
I apologize for the bad experience you had because of the unclear message.