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.
At first thank you for this great site! As the moderator of our family tree, I'm using it on a daily basis, and I would have a suggestion/question concerning the Family Photos, as this is the most visited page of our account.
The page in question (Family photos, Albums) always starts with the first album, "Recent Photos" opened. Unfortuneately, most of our (elderly) family members do not realize there are more albums at all on the left side, and they would only click on the recently uploaded photos.
Is there any way to achieve that the first album which is showed is an album of my choice? (i.e., is there any way to remove "Recent Photos" from the top?) If not, would you concider such an option in a later version? The best would be just a single starting page, showing links to all the folders we uploaded.
As you may know, your ideas are very valuable to us. As we currently are able to manually type our case sensitve information, it sure would be easier to have an automatic option such as a case sensitive merge, or, even an option to merge information in a way that would allow you to keep your upper case or lower case structure throughout your font structure. Our goal is to never stop making our research tools easier to use upon popular demand. I've forwarded your feedback to our web developers for consideration.
Having said that, feature requests are prioritized according to how many users write to support about them and how much resources and time they require of the team. Some features that seem minor may actually be related to the infrastructure and require major changes that effect many other features. Please take this into consideration.
I disagree. I am one of the 'offenders' and I have, in my opinion, a very good reason. My primary audience is not genealogists or other myHeritage users, but my family. I capitalize the first names and include titles, if any, of direct ancestors, so that it is easier for my family members to trace direct descent. This comes in very handy when parents have more than one child. Other myHeritage users are certainly welcome to the information on our 'Stamboom', but if they want to use it, they have to go through the trouble of copying it manually. I have learned never to do an indiscriminate merge or even copying job, because the one time I did, things got hopelessly messed up. Furthermore, the manual method forces one to double-check the accuracy and usefulness of the information, which is essential especially re: dates.
I do not undertand YOUR logic- if you want to make it difficult for the other users - by being determined to use uper case at the expense of almost ALL others- what do YOU gain.
I can see that YOU might want to edit each and everyone's data- but if you are confident that YOU are provideing Clean data then, logically, anyone should be able to import your illustriuos work-- but they cant becuse you have a misguided approach to impoerting data into YOUR database-
If you had correct case then others could import and atTHEIR reisk and nothing to do with your structure-
I just cant see where you get the gain- but all others are disadvantaged.
Hi, I have to agree with Ingrid. Many use the Uppercase for the first name of a person even though I dont. Many systems does not support first name indication. My name is Bo Anders and is called Anders. I hate when I get mail with "Dear Bo" since most assume that the first name in the list is the correct one.
In the nordic countries we used patronymikon naming convention to the late 1800s which mean that the last name is given by the fathers first name. So I.E a father with the name Nils Erik Johan Andersson had children with the names Peter Eriksson and Lisa Eriksdotter since the fathers first name was Erik. So by indicating this with Nils ERIK Johan Andersson is a simple way of showing this. We see many examples of errors from decendant from emigrants that dont know the patronymikon use and would use in my example the names of the children as Peter and Lisa Andersson and even worst Lisa Andersdotter. We also see Peter Nilsson and Lisa Nilsdotter. And yes, we use double s in the last names because it is Eriks son and Eriks dotter (daughter). Most emigrants droped the extra s and started to use family name when they emigrated to the US.
As you can see there will be many cases of mistakes when following up parents/children when not using the correct names.
Anders--You are absolutely correct. I hope MH does NOT force us into a straightjacket of using letter case in only one way. Just in my own family, which includes many nationalities and a good number of centuries, naming conventions vary all over the place and I should be able to 'systematize' in ways that make sense to me and my family. I also use asterisks to alert visitors that there is a lot more narrative information in a person's biographical section than can be squeezed into the various automatic categories. If that is inconvenient to non-family members or users who want to do indiscriminate whole-sale mergers or un-checked copyings, that should not be my concern. I am not denying access to information. People who want it just have to work a little in order to use it. Although, if I get more guff, I may just make the whole site completely private and not be bothered with complaints I am not interested in addressing. Over the years I have also become very careful about whom I invite to become a site member and I have disabled the automatic invitation included in the smart-match function. Those interested have to actually ask to be invited. Have a great genealogical 2014!--Ingrid.
I'm just digging through my Smart Matches. Unfortunately, I can see more and more from different family sites x-times the same familytree with exact the identical matches over and over again. I'm loosing slowly the motivation to check & click this matches and I began to kick this familytrees into the 'ignore'-bin.
It looks like many users don't realize, what an overhead they produce with this kind of creative version handling of their familytrees. It's really hard if You want to work with Smart Matches seriously.
It would be very useful, I think, if MH/Support/etc. write an info to the user community about this problematic.
I have at least one site with eight trees but he is reliable; I can confidently check the first tree and if it is right I just confirm the rest. But I had one with maybe sixteen and she made a lot of mistakes. Certainly they are a pain.
I think the issue is made because people do not understand that when they add or maodify a tree and then SAVE AS- it becomes a extra tree. I think some users are unsure if they save the NEW tree then the OLD tree has gone. So for saftey sake thay generate another tree with just a few changes.
If they saved OVER the old tree then only one tree would exixt.
There are many users who have trees numbered Trial1 trial2 or Test1 and Test2 and obvioulsy have not got a clue and sadly myheritage will not intervene - even in a role as mentor or advisor. I think myheritage COULD be more pro-active in preventing users form haveing more than one tree BUT could issue " premission: if the user could define a reason for more trees and was legitimate and not a repeat after repeat.
It would be a much more productive and uselfull resource if we could all be more attuned to the wider comunity and prevent the overwhelming passion for duplicated trees.
MyHeritage provides people with a platform to enter their family history to which we are also aware that people sometimes create duplicate family trees that can inturn provide you with many SmartMatch results however they are all the same information.
In this situation there are two options that you may try.
1. Ignore the family tree that you are being matches against by going to Family Tree > Smart Matches™. Sort the matches ‘By family trees’ (this is the default setting). View the matches that you have with a specific site. Next to each person’s name, you will see the ‘Review match’ option, which will take you to the Smart Match™. Below the match is a link to the consensus page for all of the matches for that individual.
Above the list of all the matches is the option to ‘Ignore this tree’:
2. Contact the site manager from which the matches are coming and notify them of their possibly innocent mistake and that it might be an idea to delete one or more of their duplicated family tree's.
Within the Help centre there are links to show how to delete the family tree's from both the online family web site and also the Family Tree Builder Software.
I hope this has proven useful information to you all and should you have any further inquiries, problems or questions then please contact us at support@MyHeritage.com and we will be only too happy to help.
In regard to the explanation by Team member Dean.- I think you expressed the situation extremely well.
The difficult thing (from experience) is that if you attempt to contact the user who may have ,in error, published duplicate data- and that user is no longer a valid subscriber, then the contact attempt is futile.
I would like to see MH take a more responsible attitude when circumstances like this occur, and MH should either annotate the file as - misleading, duplicated, and or user - now defunct, so although his.her data might remain, the possibilty of contact is negative and a lot of time wasted just waiting for a reply the cannot ever arrive.
Genealogy is a frustrating hobby - but could be more productive if the resources lke smart match were better managed by the only prople who can manage- the MH team.