OK. Thanks. So I can EXPORT from the two trees I have here as gedcoms and send those back to you? Will all the additional matches I've linked to the original (and bigger) tree be retained in the combined tree?
I was just recently made aware of the existence of additional fields for some of the facts, namely Christening and Marriage. Besides the Description-field, they both have an additional field to store Godfather/Godmother and Witnesses.
This is a very nice feature, and software for famyly research can not be without. Sometimes these persons are the only clue to figure out who a person actually was and his/hers relationship to others.
I miss three things:
1)Additional field for other Fact-elements are needed. Very often back in the 1700's it seem to be quite common (in Norway) to write down witnesses to an Engagement in the church records. The marriage itself doesn't have the same records. That is of course a problem. I have to write the names of the witnesses in to the Fact for Marriage, but they should be located under the Engagement-fact.
2) It is not easy to find the feature. The fields must be made visible (easier to access) and easier to enter data in to. I would suggest to add the field below the Description-field as a start (see below for extended placement)
3) As the fields (the data) are very valuable, my opinion is that the system should be extended. I mentioned visibility and the ease of access. Quite often I see family members and others that already exist in my family tree being witness or godfather/godmother. Why not create a system to make links to those people, when they exist in the family tree? Just like we browse to find parents to some person, we can also have a window to browse for godfather/witness. This of course would require a more structured way to store and type in data for these, but i don't really see that as a problem. Imagine this:
In the Edit Details -> Facts we could have fields looking like:
At the X, make a button to open a new window. It could look like, as example:
At each X here, a window to browse and add people (like we browse to find parents or other existing people) can be made. The first field (Additional) would contain the same data as it does today, and no data will be lost.
* "Additional" must of course be translated in to whatever the field is for, depending on context, as it is today. Witness, Godfather, etc
Every once in a while in the online version of V22.214.171.12438, I stumble onto a list of who has visited my site, how many times, and when most recently they stopped in.
But when I WANT to find it, I'm danged if I can track it down. It's buried somewhere and hard to find.
Please tell me how to access this feature.
And in the V7 online version, if you haven't already made it easier to find, please do so. It's a useful feature for a site manager and should be readily available -- for example, under the APPS tab right above Guestbook.
Do you plan to add the ability to scroll the page with arrows instead of dragging the page with a mouse? This feature is available at Geni.com (which I believe you recently acquired) and it makes it very easy to move around on the page. When you move your mouse to the edges of the screen an arrow appears that you can click on and hold for as long as you need instead of continually draging the image with your mouse. You can move left or right, up or down.
First of all this is my first post on the forum so sorry if this is in the wrong area.
I absolutely love the program, but I rarely use it for my own family tree - I mainly use it when studying history and in particular the royalty and nobility of (mainly medieval) Britain.
What really frustrates me though is that I can't easily show the greater context. I mean, for example, that there are often a greater variety of deaths, mistresses of nobles/royals (for which there is no option under family status) and titles and roles that don't seem best suited to the 'occupation', 'suffix' or 'prefix' features and which would be good to include alongside the main name (e.g. Monarch/Prince/Duke/Lord of___, etc, often with a number to indicate which one they are) - information that seems quite important in understanding who they were and how they related to hierarchies, wars, roles in history, etc. I also often wish I were able to show their histories a bit better and how they link in with their contemporaries and events of the past - perhaps a time line feature and the ability to tag certain information as being important and to be included on any charts could help with that.
Also, the naming conventions of, for example, Wales are quite different to the general options (generally with a lack of last name and the inclusion of 'ap' or 'ferch' the fathers name) - it would be really good if one could choose which naming system they could use for a particular family/person quickly and easily.
I could also be really useful to have an option to display an individuals or families coat of arms in addition to a profile picture
If any ideas for new features come out of these difficulties I've mentioned that would be brilliant.
The way I do it as an example would be to put "King" in the Prefix box. "Henry VIII" in the name box. And "of England" in the suffix box. If you want to include the last name, I would put "Tudor" in the last name box. For someone of lower rank, Say a Duke, I would put "Duke of Norfolk" in the suffix box. People do it all sorts of other ways, and it looks ridiculous, and makes no sense at all. This really is the only way to do it with MH and make it look accurate. One different way that I do it that other people don't which simplifies things for me, is that I put names in the way they are said in a standard High School/College classroom. Like "Eleanor of Aquitaine" or "Kaiser Wilhelm" Some of the titles and names get translated and some don't. I guess probbaly in the easiest way for a teacher. If the main personage is known by a last name, but the married partner is not known as having the same last name after marriage, I put the name she is known by historically in the married name box. For example, Catherine of Aragon is never known as Catherine Tudor in history. I don't know if she legally was or not, but anyway, I put "of Aragon" in the married name box, so that the system will make it look right. Even though we could use "Emperor William" we don't. It's also "Tsar Nicholas", but it's Emperor Franz Joseph. It's King Frederick "the great" of Prussia. Oddly enough, these translation differences usually get worked out by SM in the end. Somehow I am inclined to think that two trees using the same pictures helps for some reason. I could be wrong.
I have been using this program for over 4 years and I, too, on the whole, love it. I have managed to do almost everything you are asking for by creating my own work-arounds within the capabilities of the program, being careful to hold to internal consistency as much as possible. Selected historical events pertinent to my family's ancestry are in the biographical notes. My methods may not be genealogically correct or convenient to other myHeritage users or genealogists in general, but they are not my audience--my family is. I even managed to publish my Family History in 7 chapters by means of the article attachment capability.
I guess this is a matter of control and personal preferences, but I find the opening of a new browser window a bit annoying when FTB starts. Even if i already have Firefox running, it opens a separate window, instead of just a new tab in the already running window.
I wonder, is there a real reason why FTB has to open the web browser? If not, can you guys disable this feature, or even better, add the possibility to disable this feature from the Options menu? That way users gain more control over what the software does, which is always preferable.
I understand that a basic (free) use of the software has it's limits and cons, but this one doesn't seem to have any real function. If it's needed for some technical reason, then at least make it open in a new tab of the running browser, not an entirely new separate window :)
JM, I'm not sure this has anything to do with FTB. In FireFox, click the Tools menu and select Options. In the Options dialog, select Tabs in the top row. Be sure the first option, "Open new windows in a new tab instead" has a checkmark. If it doesn't, click the open box to set a checkmark there.