Thank you for your posts and our apologies for the delay to reply to it.
I can understand that you might have doubts when you find the online tree you're familiar with has changed.
So, what's so great about the new tree?
The look of the tree hasn't changed much so you don't need to relearn how to use the tree. Viewing, navigating and searching the tree is basically the same and editing the tree is very much the same as well.
There are some nice additions though, like the Radar, which allow you to see a "map" of the tree and instantly jump to any place. In the previous version if you wanted to travel through the tree, you had to click and drag endlessly to get anywhere.
The new tree editor only has one style (or view) right now - the Classic view has been discontinued - but that will change as we're adding some new styles so you will still be able to see the tree in the view you like best.
In the new online tree when you hover over a person or click on that person's card in the tree you get their basic information, rather than seeing it on the left hand side in a panel. This gives you a lot more real estate for viewing the family tree in context and it also shows you information about people in a more dynamic, integrated fashion. If before you had to click on each person in the tree to see their basic info, now all you have to do is move your mouse around to anyone and their info immediately pops up.
We streamlined the editing options. For example, in the previous version of the family tree editor you also had a lot of other options that didn't really belong in the ADD phase. All those options have appropriate places now that make much more sense. There are more flexible options for adding dates in the new tree editor. You can add dates like "before", "after", "from...to...", etc. Adding and editing marriages and partnerships is quicker now too as the fields are located in the instant, basic editing fields.
Birthday and anniversary notifications are bigger and brighter, add me cards show you where you need to add more ancestors, you can invite people directly from the tree by adding email addresses and more.
An important change in the new online family tree is that it is now HTML5 based. This means you can access and edit the tree from any mobile device or tablet, which was not possible before. The switch to HTML5 also made it possible for us to offer editing in the MyHeritage app, which is great for people who edit their trees online - you can now truely edit your tree anywhere, anytime.
Family Tree Builder users will also benefit from editing in the new tree as version 7.0 of the program will offer the ability to make edits online and integrate them into your tree in the program.
We're really starting to bring together all the different aspects of MyHeritage to give you a more seamless experience.
There are a lot of good things about the new online family tree. I hope you will give the new online family tree a try and come to appreciate the improvements we've made.
If you read my post that's excatly what I don't want as new features. I have been returned to the Classic view.
The Classic view is my preferred use of the on-line system, the Modern view been an option for a while and basicly sucks (yes I tried it), the so call new features are hindrance to ease of use. The radar feature is OK at best, and is completely usless in a medium or large tree. The standard search feature is still the best option to use for these.
The options that you state don't belong in the Add state, ARE WANTED. Thier make editoring same information for people in trees easy, (copy and paste etc.). All the other extra's Birthday and anniversary notifications are bigger and brighter, add me cards don't actually mean anything to the main site editor or serious tree user (just a bit of showy stuff).
The reason I came to use My Heritage was the ease of use. So If you wanted to really want to port to mobile device or tablet, rewrite the HTML5 code to use the Classic view options, because if you force the Modern view on user's your will see the paid user leaving My Heritage hand over fist!
I'd like to see a find and replace option. This is helpful if you need to change location or name change throughout tree. Also The search tool is very specific with words that have accent marks. Is it possible to change it so that when you are searching same word without accent mark it will show up?
Thank you for writing and we appreciate your patience regarding this matter.
This option is already available on our Family Tree Builder!
The search tool is very specific with words by design, and we would not like to change this option as it will bring a lot of confusion to non-latin users. However if you go through the Translation Wizard in the Family Tree Builder software (by going to Tools > Translation Wizard) you will be able to translate the tree from different languages and then find the names in the English language as-well.
Please, let me know if you need any additional information or help, we highly recommend using the software for this kind of things because it is much more versatile, and we didn't want to make the family site more complicated then it already is.
You can download the Family Tree Builder from here:
I was very happy some months ago, when I heard from MyHeritage, about the possibility, beginning with January 2013, of adding a godfather (or godmother) in the online tree, besides the usual relatives that a person can have. This would have been a very important change, because MyHeritage has a majority of Christian users, and every Christian has a godfather !
But, surprise ! Just when I expected more the change, I am informed that "the "godfather" project was discated and will not occurr until further notice" !!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a huge dissapointment, I was so happy when you promised the godfather will be added ...............
MyHeritage keeps on dissapointing me... I will surely search for another genealogy site that would fulfill its promises, and respect more its users, and move all my tree there ! And also I must prevent all my friends that are using MyHeritage, about this... I am REALLY, really upsat :(
Of course, this change must be part of a larger discrimination campaign, directed against the Christian users - we all feel this way..........
What to say more ? Congratulations ! And keep on ignoring the people's needs, MyHeritage !!!
Wow! I have trouble just keeping track of the blood relatives back 9 to 13 generations, not to mention the step-children and children of unmarried couples of the past two generations. I would not even attempt to add the Godparents of our Christian family. I respectfully suggest you just keep that information in the Notes or Facts, under Birth. Or, start another tree that focuses only on Godparents. I have seen amazing improvements in the software in the past 3 or 4 years, and the improvements seem to be coming faster. If and when Godparents are added, you will just have to do data entry and not repeat the research process. Cheers!
I didn't receive any response for this important issue, from the owners/administrators ! Why are we treated so badly ?
To add a spiritual relative (godfather, godmother, godson or goddaughter) is VERY important for a Christian user. It has at least THE SAME importance like the natural relative (parents, sons or daughters).
Please tell us how many Christian users MyHeritage has ? This feature would be used by all of them !
We are asking for the introduction of this feature as soon as possible, because it is very, very strange to be able to add a father and a mother, but not to be able to add a godfather or a godmother ! This situation is inacceptable, every Christian user could fell confessionally DISCRIMINATED.
Thank you very much and please tell us in how many days will this feature be available.
I have been using the site for a brief stretch with my family, and we are working on archiving a LOT of family photos. The frequent emails that get sent to everyone who has been tagged in a photo is proving to be obtrusive, and as site admin I've had requests to turn this functinality OFF for people. If that option exists on the site, I can't find it. I seems like something that should be at the user level, rather than admin level, but I cannot locate it anywhere on the site. It would be very helpful to have this option though, globally or individually.
I have several people in my family that I know for sure, either from Birth or Death Certificates, and I want to lock that data from accidentally being changed. When I get smart matches it doesn't show anything special to remind me that the data is certain, so I am afraid I may change it accidentally. Maybe if it were Bolded or shown in bright red, or even locked from possible change it would help.
I would like to be able to lock entries of people in my tree against being changed BY THE MYHERITAGE COMPUTER! This can happen in Family tree Builder where two entries are very similar. For example in my tree, in the same family, I have children William Mullis, 1738-1738, and his brother who would have been named for the deceased infant, William Mullis, 1739- ? .
When I reviewed it yesterday MH had reversed maybe eight matches, previously confirmed or rejected. So I amended them. And I want to LOCK in these entries! Geoff
I would like to point out that the matches that you confirm/reject will not affect any other matches that you confirm/reject. So the situation that you described sounds either like a bug or just duplicated matches that you think were reversed.
Please, let me know if you would like any additional information - we will appreciate it if you sent us an email instead of writing on this forum post to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for writing and we very much appreciate your suggestion, we will be sure to direct this to our developers and perhaps even get this feature in the future. I agree, this is very important - and a good tool to identify what should you change and what should you not.
This would also be helpful in managing trees and not only in the smart matching area. Not allow members to change very specific data that you are sure of will save a lot of trouble or atleast let them know it's an important fact that they are changing.
And I would like to be able to clearly mark the 'cards' or 'profiles' of people in my tree if there is doubt about their existence or their place in the family tree, or important data. For example by a big green question mark as a watermark on the card or profile. With a 'note' section for entering information.
It would also be nice if we had the option of seeing how we got our data when doing smart matches. (i.e. under each item such as dates or birth and death and places of birth and death) it showed 1. Birth Certificate, 2 Death Certificate, 3. WikiTree, 4. Smart Match, or 5. some other. I call that an option because I'm sure not everyone is that detail oriented.