Hi, I've tried working out how to do this and I can't so I post this in the hope that someone can advise me, or failing that to request it as a feature:
I know I can set up past events, e.g. military action at <place> on <date> for someone in my tree, but what I'd really like to do is enable that event as an anniversary event, similar to birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Obviously the 'floating balloons' image probably wouldn't be appropriate, but I'd like to be able to remind the family members who look at my tree that on date <X>, this relative was wounded in action, or killed in action, or whatever. Particularly with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 less than a year away, I will have several such events to mark, and I'd like for people to get notice of those as and when they come up.
You can create an "event" in your website. Just click on the events > family events option. At the right upper side you need to click on the blue " create an event" option. There will not be any symbol next to the event placed and the members of your website will get a notice before the actual event.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I tried using that method, and although it allows me to set up a family event, I can't set the year to be earlier than 2011 (obviously it's intended for arranging family reunions and the like). Not only that, but there's no option for making it a recurring event, in the way that a birthday or a wedding anniversary would naturally be.
In the calendar menu it looks as though I can in theory enable up death anniversaries - this might potentially work for the obvious situations, but unfortunately it's an 'all-or-none' option, and I wouldn't want anniversaries of recent deaths to be shown, for the obvious reason.
I think it would be a really useful feature if, when creating an event, there was a check box to tick if one required the specific event to be an annual anniversary.
Thank you for your posts here on the forum and for your suggestion.
This is a nice suggestion however this is somewhat impossible to do as what you wish pertains to a specific event in history and not directly to a person in your family tree.
The events are created for only people in a family tree as the system can use Birth/Wedding/Death dates etc in order to produce the event and then this can therefore become an annually recurring event within the calender producing reminders both in the family tree home page and within the family tree itself.
I don't really understand why this cannot be seen as a specific event for a specific person in my tree? Yes, it's historic but then so are his birth and marriage.
Obviously WW1, for example, is a world event, affecting millions of people in different ways. I don't wish to have an anniversary that is 'outbreak of WW1'. I am however able to define an event against a single person in my tree (e.g. my grandfather) which relates to a specific thing which happened to him, e.g. 'wounded in action'. That specific event is unique to him, in the same way that his birth and his marriage are. It is a personal event, which to my mind is worthy of marking annually. I wouldn't expect this to happen for all personal events, hence my suggestion of a check-box on the event.
And it gave me an idea for my blog: This Month in the Gray Family History. Each month, I could pick out three or four events and develop them a bit. Heck, I could do one a week for different family branches.
I'll have to check to see if there is some easy way to sort everything by date... back in a minute...
Timeline report is for a single individual. Guess if I did timelines for half a dozen key family members, i could pull from those. But might miss some fun stuff that way.
Aha, Custom Report. Darn, won't include any of my Custom Facts. Grrr. Still, once it's in my spreadsheet, I can easily find all instances of Nov. then pick and choose a few for the blog. Hmm, got to sort by each date field...
Not as easy as I'd like it to be, but still workable. Check the blog from time to time to see it when it's finished.
If a person comes in two different family tree and this person is linked together with a Smart Match (confirmed by both their parts) should be the person's profiles also merged. Everything I update about this person in my tree should be updated in all the trees where this person is.
Moreover, it should be possible to link all family trees on MyHeritage with Genis world tree or creating a world tree on MyHeritage.
Another missing feature is the ability to see how many blood relatives a person has. If the person has 13 blood relatives in the family tree, this should be written on their profile, as it's on Geni.
I love the "merge" capability when looking at matches with other trees, but I find that I end up spending a lot of time overtyping because some people (a) use all capitals, or (b) all lower case, or (c) some of each, both for names and addresses - there's about 6 or 7 common variations. I like everything in the same format. I think it would be easy to add a tool and/or an option to FTB so that the user could convert all entries of names, places, etc (separately) to the format they prefer. It would be a great facility that would save a lot of time.
One quick example is surname case. It is common (but not obligatory) to put the SURNAME in upper case. But apparently even professional genealogists haven't agreed on this. And I wouldn't necessarily want McNamarra to become MCNAMARRA or de Grays to become DE GRAYS or van der Meter to become VAN DER METER because it disguises the original spelling of the name.
When working with documents such a a Census it is sometimes hard to find the persons names. Once it is found, I like to mark it so other can see. Right now the best way is to mark a face. It would be better if you had an option to "Mark Location" instead. This way when you do a report, the name that you marked does not show up as a photo of the person.
There may have been similar requests for this in the past.
I like this "mark location on document" idea. Great suggestion!
It just occurs to me -- would the results be different if the census image were entered as a "Document" instead of as "Photo"? For the automatic importation, we don't have any control, and right now I can't separate the ones added automatically by the system from the ones I entered last year after I found them manually with SuperSearch or at another search site.
Sometimes it is possible to stretch a red box around the person's name, but sometimes it is the blue "face" box that cannot be resized. I can't figure quite how this works. Possibly for some of those documents I have turned off automatic face detection?
If you don't want the document to appear as a photo of the person, uncheck the box that says "Personal photo"
I have all kinds of family trees collected from relatives who pass them on to me...but I have no idea where they came from, who did them....
You can set author info in reports from Ancestry.com's Family Tree Maker, where it goes down at the bottom in a nicely formatted way. When a report gets passed around, people know who did it and can contact you for corrections or upgrades.
The required information is already in FTB (Tools > Author Information) but it apparently is only used in GEDCOM exports. I think MH missed the boat on this but no doubt they'll consider it for a future build.