For all new Myhertige sites I open, I get the new layout. I see the benefits of this, but on the other hand there are some things I like less. For example the "entry form" in which you enter the data about a person. You used to be able to easily copy paste something from another source into that entry form. This doesn't seem possible anymore and you have to do all the datum using a drop down menu. This costs alot of time in my opintion and is really annoying when you have alot of data to enter.
Thank you for writing on our Forum and for your feedback.
Note that many of the data entered through 'scroll-down' forms are necessary in order to our system being able to calculate many algorithms related to different tools and utilities on the site.
For example: in order to create a timebook or a timeline, only dates that are added through the scroll-down forms are possible and not through free-text. Other similar features depends on those pre-set data entry forms.
Another examples would be: the Calendar alerts, the most recent and earliest events on the tree that appears on the Homepage Welcome Message, etc.
There is to much space occupied by ribbons and banners on some pages.
1) Overly large links to various functions that are not in immediate use, ie photos.
2) Overly large information banners, listing the owner of page you are matching, number matches etc.
3) Placement confirmation link, if you confirming 50 matches to page you have to scroll back to top of page to confirm all 50 (assuming that that they all are matches, and thats another story) confirmation link would be better placed at foot of page with option to confirm the actual page on screen not just all matches of project.
Im current going though groups of smart matches where there are only 2 matches. Because more than 3/4 page takenup by banners etc there is only room for one match to display without the need to scroll down to read second match. Then if you want to confirm you need to scroll back across half the screen to click confirmation link.
The new record matching seems to be working really well and the data is transferring to FTB7 well on my PC - but I can't tell in FTB7 that the record match has been confirmed. A change in the icon colour when data has been confirmed would be a real improvement.
A change in colour for the smatr mat5ch icon would also be useful - I waste a lot of time cklicking on the green circle in FTB, only to find that at some time previously I had confirmed or rejected all the matches there.
I now have over 23,000 smart matches to work through, but am wasting a lot of time with some that I think should never have beedn matched. For example, I just got a 65% match between Edwin John Maidment 1862-1931 and Maylin James Maidment 1865-1955, who are quite obviously two different people.
Currently the only options I've found about smartmatches in FTB seems to be to set the closeness of matches of names - match similar first names (yes/no) which I have set to no, and a 7-choice simliar last name match, which I have set to strict. On myheritage, the only options I've been able to find is to enable/disable smartmatching.
I think it would be SO much better if, like most databases, I could set search options controlling smart matches with a lot more detail on the options. For example :
1: ignore different country of birth (on/off), I get similar names born in different countries which return matches of over 90%, so an option to not match different birth countries would be great.
2: match birth and death years to between XX years apart (where XX is a number from 1 to any). I have an unfortunate set of ancestors who named their first boy the exact same name for something like 5 generations in a row, so I have already had to reject about 300 matches of same-first-name but different dates of birth (John George Maidment b.1732) is not (John George Maidment b.1763) or (John George Maidment b.1787) etc. Yes I know that sometimes you might have an incorrectly typed date, but initially I would reject dates more than a couple of years apart. Maybe an option for accepting slight possible errors in dates (e.g. 1932 and 1923) would be good. I also have to reject matches where people have named a later child the same as any earlier one who died young - restricting the birth year to a narrow range would avoid that too.
3 : ignore different parents (on/off). The same ancestors often named their first born the same as did their brother or sister, so I get a high % match between John James Maidment born to John and Sarah Maidment, and John James Maidment born to George and Fanny Maidment. I'd like to be able to select "ignore matches with parents whose names are different". I would not worry about missing matches where there are slight differences in the way the first names are recorded (e.g. maud and Maude), but maybe an option to select the closeness of parents' names would be good.
4 : As a quick one, I'd like to be able to ignore smart matches below a certain % - I find very few valid matches below 70%, and I would like to be able to select an option that allows me to pick the % above which I get a match.
Ideally every field of the database should allow optionss to be set for checking for smart matches. People with big trees could restrict the matches as far as they want, and people with smaller trees, or people with little detail, could loosen the match criteria until they got a match. This would be truly beneficial - well worth doing!
Finally, after getting a lot of trouble with the matches (as above), I cvhange the settings on FTB, but they don't appear to have affected the website. Is there any way to delete all current matches without confirming and rejecting them, other than "ignore this tree" ? I'm thinking I want to get the 23,000 down to something I could conceivably work through in this lifetime. Also is there any way to undo the "ignore this tree" ?
PLEASE! Add a function that makes it possible to delete multiple persons by tagging (marking) them and then press delete.
I have deleted a person in a branch that I have added by mistake (importing GEDCOM with all his relatives 250 persons) and by removing that person 250 persons have no more relation to me in the tree. By sorting after relation I can see all 250 persons at the bottom of the list. I want to be able to mark the first NONrelative and the last NONrelative (normal procedure in a DB is to click Ctr and a key on the first record and after that go to the last an click Shift and a key. All records between the first and last marked record vill be marked (highlighted). After that just press Delete and the records are gone. As it is today I have to mark/delete EVERY SINGLE record and with a large database it takes hours. This would also be perfect if I want to split a famili tree into several. Have one MASTER (backed up) and split that one in minutes.into several trees.
So your answer would be that people by mistake might delete persons they want to keep.............. So what! I they don´t klnow what they are doing, why should everybody else suffer for that? By having a backup of the original tree there would be no problems.
Hi,I have just started actively collecting my family data, tree is quite small still and the amount of tasks is growing. Which is the root of my problem: how to keep track on stuff I want to do . Typically these tasks are induced from a certain individual like 'I need to find a photo for this person' or 'birth place is still missing' and to track those you need a separate document. So, here is the proposal: 1) Add a button/menu item on each individual, named something like 'create task', which opens a simple text field where you can type in whatever you want. 2) add another menu item (family tree, whereever) in which you can view, remove, print those tasks. 3) make a pay per succesful transaction service to solve the problem (for example finding the place of birth). I am sure it would be worth some penny to get some of those solved without digging into church records, provided that privacy issues are not violated.This would solve my problem perfectly, as my task list is growing day per day...Markku
P.S I noticed from Help file that under file menu there should be a to do list, but first of all, it is not there anymore(version 7.0)and second, it should be related a person I am working on currently, so that the To-Do automatically records at least the name of the person together with the task I type in.
I have beeen using myheritage.com for several years. Created my family tree online and allowed members to edit. A couple of months ago I started using FTB. Frankly, the synching between FTB and Online works better than I ever thought. However, here are a few things that would be useful to me (and perhaps others):
Allow user to remove photos from an album in "batch" (not delete, just remove from album). Right now, you have to do this one photo at a time. In FTB you can remove photos from an album in batch, but there is no way to do this with the default "Family Photos" album.
Create the ability to export member contact info to a .csv or .txt file. I have a couple of hundred members and would like to import their contact details into Outlook or Gmail. Ideally, I would like to export the list and include any fields I choose (Name, email address, DOB, relationship to me, etc.)
When downloading photos from the site, it would great if the people-tag information could stay with the file. Perhaps using XMP just like Windows Live Photo Gallery does.
Allow me to retract my invitation to another site manager or to send a reminder to that site manager. Right now when I request membership to someone else's tree I get one shot at it. If the site manager missed the email or it went to his junk folder, he will never see my request and the site does not allow me to do a second request.
I love the Relationship Report that is available Online which graphically shows exactly how 2 people are related. I do not see this same funcitonality in FTB which would be handy.
I wish there was a way to work with the default Family Photos album in FTB (the same way I can work with albums that I created). It would help me keep my photos better organized.
When working through smart matches, rejecting one at a time chews up a lot of time (it takes a while for the confirmation screen to appear), particularly when doing hundreds of matches, and rejecting dozens. It would make more sense to have checkboxes down the side of the smartmatch window, so that one could check "confirm" or "reject" and, after having checked lots or all, click on a "do all" button to do them all at once.
Personally I find this practice helpful, a simple way for me to see at a glance that the person has died. And although I respect your opinion it is a new idea to me that this might be in poor taste. The black ribbon has been for centuries, in my culture, a way of showing respect to the dead.
The chart is a fixed image, like a photo, of your family tree which you can see in your computer or print. There's no way to show a Smart Match on it, because the Smart Matches is a dynamic technology that can change whether that person has a new match or not.
Regarding the deceased people, I understand what you mean. Because on the site you normally see the black ribbon on the top left corner of the person's card, but not on the charts. It only shows the death date.
Note, however, that the Family Book and the Charts options are not a creation of MyHeritage. We do offer a basic version of them created by Mr. Nigel Bufton and there are no possibilities to change these options given at MyHeritage.
You can contact Nigel on a direct basis at http://www.tcgr.bufton.org/and see what the options are he offers. He has an independent company where he offers a service which you can use and might be more to your liking. This is not connected to MyHeritage.
If you want to know more about the The Complete Genealogy Reporter or the Charts, please feel free to contact Mr. Nigel Bufton on a direct basis.
I generate charts many times a day when I am researching family lines and looking for information that seems to be illogical. I do not think of a chart as anything but dynamic.
I is inconvienent to exit FTB and look at a chart then return to FTB to enter or change information. I use the chart and click on an individual to edit the information then back to the chart to see the new information in rtlation to that of adjacent individuals.
The change would help ME because of the way I use the program.
As I explained, the chart works as a poster, and the idea of it is to create an image of the tree that can be printed and exposed pyshically on paper.
Also, as I said, even if we wanted to, we don't have much control on making changes on the site, since it is a product of another company and we offer only this more 'basic' versions. Any other options and deep modifications on how the charts work and are formatted is under the responsability of Mr. Nigel Bufton and his website http://www.tcgr.bufton.org/.
I would like to see a way to pause the generation of a chart in order to change the # of generations (and other options).
Some times I start to make a chart and I only want 3 or 4 generations but I get however many were shown on the last chart I generated. I currently must cancel the chart, go to someone with fewer generations, generate a chart, change the number of generations, exit the chart, return too the individual I wanted to chart and restart the chart.
It would be nice to just pause the charting and change the options.
I am working on my family tree occassionally, and I found out, that if you have many people that are not computer literated, information gathering can be challenging.
I would suggest for you to provide 1-2 templates of forms for information gathering. So we can print and get the basic information from people willing but not computer literated. Name, age, father, mother, DOB, date of marriage/divorce etc
The most important part is some kind of "legal" concent for the people giving the information/photo are ok with posting on this website etc, without getting into the legal part in every country. That is not the scope.