I agree that the Family Book feature in myheritage.com needs some improving and has a few bugs that need fixing.
During the Family Book generation of the "Notes" pages, whjen it transcribes a Biography the resultant text layout is condensed & loses appealing formatting, including removing spaces directly after most full stops, colons & inverted commas.
It also removes blank lines and paragraph formatting.
Further, when it transcribes another fact such as a Military Award that has a Fact Photo & Note attached to it, it generates a series of meaningless ugly code (presumably instead of inserting the Fact Photo) before the Note.
It also appears to randomly miss a full blank line between some people listed - a clear spacing between the very bottom text or edge of the photo and the top of the text of the next person should always exist for each & every person listed.
The Family Book also needs more options prior to generating it at all, such as:
- Adding "The End" or some such, perhaps ruled off, at the end.
- Adding a custom-text Secondary Title Page, and/or an End Page.
- Adding your own photo to the Title Page (or a custom Secondary Title Page)
- A mechanism to better choose the scope of family members in your tree from which to generate a Book, i.e. choose to stop at certain people (without manually disconnecting them form the tree 1st etc.), somehow?
In general, I really like the Family Book feature, love how it generates the lists, notes, titles, order etc.
I have the desktop software and use the MyHeritage website. When printing a standard chart (such as all-in-one, or ancestors) is there any way to have the relationship to the tree's root person (or someone I select) to be printed under each person's name?
In other words, if it's my family tree chart, is there really no way to have everyone else on the chart have a little note printed under their name that says "third cousin once removed," etc.?
If that's not possible, is there any website or other software that will do this?
Unfortunately we do not provide the option to order a printed copy of the Family Book through us. However you are able to create the family book and then download the Pdf file for this and then take this to your local print house by placing the Pdf file on a removable storage device.
My UI Language is set to norwegian but my tree has for some reason language English.
I want to make a Familybook WOW in Norwegian but can onley make it in English... I guess this is becouse my tree is in English? Is there a way to select another language for making the book, or change the language of the tree. I have tried to change the language in Family Tree Builder, save and synchronize, but this does nothing...
It seems to me that the problem might be related to your project's data language settings.
In Family Tree Builder, it is possible to choose a DISPLAY language and a DATA ENTRY language.
DISPLAY language corresponds to all the buttons and command names in the program. DISPLAY language changes Family Tree Builder’s interface only and will not affect any information that you have manually entered in the tree.
DATA ENTRY language corresponds to the information you enter into the tree yourself. Names, places, notes, etc. are considered DATA.
Family Tree Builder allows you to enter Data in 'Primary' and 'Secondary' Data languageThe problem you describe occurs when you enter Data in two different languages into the Family Tree Builder program and then synchronize it to your online family site. Within Family Tree Builder you can see two Data languages when you open a persons detail card. In some cases you might enter data in one language and leave the other language empty.
Now, when you synchronize your tree to your online family site, the tree view can display only one language at once. This means that for all data that was entered in a second language, it will display UNKNOWN in the family tree and in SmartMatches.
In order to resolve this issue, please follow these steps:
1. Open Family Tree Builder on your PC and open your project.
2. Open the Tools window by going to Tools menu > Languages in the upper toolbar.
3. In the window that appears, make sure that the check-box "Same as Display Language" is checked. This will make sure that the display language is the same as the (first) data language.
4. Now please do a right click somewhere in that window. A small menu appears, click on the item in it "Manage Data Languages"
5. You will notice that you have different amounts of items in the listed languages. You have to make them equal.
6. Select the first language in the list and click on the button 'Copy'.
7. In the new window you select the 'Copy To' to the other language and click on the button 'Copy'.
8. When the copy is done, select the second language in the list and click again on the button 'Copy'.
9. In the next window you select the 'Copy To' to the other language and click on the button 'Copy'.
With the above steps you make sure, that in both languages in your project you have all available data. And then you will have the possibility to generate the Family Book in those languages you chose for your data.
I use the Mac version of Family Tree Builder and this morning I ran the "Family Tree Book" within the software on my Mac. The result was very surprising, the dates and places were way out - for example my youngest grandchild listed;
(Peter's grandson) was born on 24 September 1810 to Jason Norman Lombard26 and Natalie
Joy Lombard [Magarry]27, as shown in family tree 1. Cameron died on 2 June 1991, aged 180. Cameron is no
I then ran the same report online with great results, a cursory check indicates that it is acurate and as an example the same grandchild's listing;
(Peter's grandson) was born on 23 July 2009, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Jason Norman Lombard26 and Natalie Joy Lombard [Magarry]27, as shown in family tree 1.
It seems to me that there is a serious issue with the downloadable software and users should run reports online until the issue is addressed. My question now is who do I report this bug to?
We are aware of this problem and have recently tried to fix this by updating the Mac version of the FTB software. However due to this book report technology being provided to us by a third party we had to remove it entirely from the new version for Mac due to it having bugs.
The latest version of the the FTB for mac is now 18.104.22.16849 as apposed to 22.214.171.12447 and you may update it by clicking on this following link.
Thank you for your prompt reply and for the action taken. Sad that the 'Book Report' needed to be removed but I agree with the action.
Thank you also for the link to the newer version. I love this site and the software particularly now that I can use it on my Mac. You all do a wonderful job with both the site and the software and I just want to say that it is greatfully appreciated. I would like to just mention that I particularly like the confirmation feature provided with the 'smart matches', just brilliant.
Thank you and Thank you again for putting back the Relationship Report feature in your Family Tree applications. You DID listen to all the comments and complaints about the feature's removal and you put it back.
I would not have known about the feature's return had I not just stumbled upon it when I opened up the "Family Tree" main tab at the top of the main page today. The Relationship Report used to be tucked in with the Books, Charts, and Reports sub title, but now it is listed all by itself as one of the sub titles under the main Family Tree tab. I bet that there are many others who are also unaware of this feature's return. I'm sure you announced it somewhere, but maybe you could announce its return again. It's a GREAT feature, and your chart graphics for it are wonderful. Thanks again for bringing it back.
Yes, I noticed that, too. But there was no announcement and it very is rudimentary. It only defines 'Close' relationships, which apparently means 2nd cousins and direct ancestors to about 1250. A good start, but hardly satisfactory. The function should be exactly the same as in Family Tree Builder, which calculates at least to 6th cousin across at whatever generations removed and as many ancestors back as you have on your tree no matter how many generations ago.
I don't understand why the on-line relationship calculator cannot be exactly the same as on FTB?
Oh dear. I was only looking for verification of 2nd cousins when I tested it out again yesterday. That is disappointing to learn it has not returned to its "full strength". Again, a thank you to the tech staff for bringing the feature back, but there really shouldn't be any reason why it can't function as fully as it used to, and as fully as the Tree Builder program. Thanks for the heads up Ingrid.
Hi Jonathon, and Hi again Ingrid. I think we need to "hold the phone" here. I played around with the "Relationship Report" app again today, and it's working fine for me. It's taking relationships out to 20-30 steps. Here's an example. One of my site members just read an article I posted about a distant relative of mine. She commented on the article that she found the history interesting, even though she is not related to the subject at all. Well I checked with the relationship report, and indeed she is connected to the subject of the article by 22 steps. The app calculated that the person in the article is her "1st cousin 4 times removed's husband's step father's 4th cousin 2 times removed." I played around with the app putting in names I knew were barely connected; having to go through several different family marriages and quite a few generations. The calculation never came up with a "not related", or a "too distant to calculate" message.
Now, I do have only 2,000 folks in my tree, and my 30 plus site members are all in the tree somehow, even if by marriage, or by a very distant colonial ancestoral connection. I have a couple of 7th and 8th cousins as well as one or two "cousins-in-law" as site members. So if you have a huge family tree, it may stop the calculation after a while, but I think it should take it out 30 maybe 40 steps. Anyway, it suits my needs, and I love using it. You're right Jonathon. Fancy the tech dept actually listening. Now there's a concept. Keep it up Heritage....I like the direction.
Hi Carol--I just saw your post and tried it on my on-line tree with a relationship similar to the one you described. The answer still was that there is no close relationship, although I know that the person is my 4th cousin twice removed. I know this, because the relationship calculator on my off-line tree in myHeritage Family Tree Builder DOES calculate it for me. I am now totally perplexed. If you used it on an on-line tree and it worked, why doesn't it work on my on-line tree? Or do you use FTB, because it does work fine there?
I'm back Ingrid....I hate to tell you :) but my calculator is still performing well. I was putting in names that were my 4th, 5th 8th cousins, and threw in some of their spouses. I was putting in ancestoral spouses from the 1700's. It was charting them out correctly in the visual diagram. Then I started picking out names of people who were distantly related to me to see if they were somehow connected to each other. If there was no connection, it would say so, but if there was a thread connecting them, the calculator would chart it out. Here's an example: I put in the name of one of my 4th cousins once removed, then I put in the name of a person in the tree who is very distantly connected to me. That person was my "great granmother's uncle's son-in-law." The calculator did find a connection between those two and charted it out, and it was a real stretch to make the connection. The program calculated that the relationship between my 4th cousin and the other guy was "3rd cousin once removed's husband's cousin's husband."
When you're on your online site, does the program put a caption under the names of the people explaining how they're related to you? You know what I mean? Like when you are browsing through your tree and you pick out someone to view their profile, does the program explain your relationship to that person? When you're on their profile page, does the program chart out your relationship to that person at the top of the profile page? If all that is working, I can't understand why it's not doing the same thing for you in the relationship calculator. You may have to get the tech boys and girls to see what they can do for you.