We currently do not have this, although thank you for the suggestion. I will be sure to forward it to the appropriate department for consideration.
Please let me know if you have any other ideas as we do value such input from our users.
It would be very helpful if the program had the capability to automatically merge duplicates into one person; rather then simply scan for duplicates (be it just to scan for duplicates or when importing another tree) after which we'd have to manually fix the duplicates. Why can't this program be like others out there that have the ability to do automatic merges.
It's very annoying to have to scan for duplicates then go through one by one and fix them; why can't all of that be done automatically for us?
When checking smart matches I often find other trees that match the same people multiple times - meaning they have duplicates in their tree. Have same problem occurring in my tree after merging information.
What is needed is a way to indicate the two duplicates (select one, and indicate the other) and then merge the other's information into the selected one (asking for confirmation if there is different data, or just copying if it is the other but not the selected), then delete the other
There is a field for Nationality that you can fill in for each person. I think it would be much better if that field was populated from the place of birth for that person as well as the places of birth of their ancestors. From this you could also find out what percent of each nationality you are.
A chart that shows these nationalities could also be interesting.
It would be very good to have templates or themes to customise the home page which frankly, at the moment, is a bit naff. Is it possible to encourage developers to come up with themes like WordPress do? I am very careful about my online presence and take a great deal of care over design of my own website.
I guess the alternative would be to make the pages in MH and then migrate them to my site so that they follow my keen design criteria. Would that be posssible?
Thanks so much. Mainly I think this is a brilliant product and set of services.
The place consistency checker is woefully inadequate. This becomes especially apparent when making a geneaolgy report through The Complete Genealogy Reporter, because the "Index of Places" section will show a separate heading if even a comma is out of place. I recently tried to run a report for my uncle and found multiple inconsistencies that the current version of FTB doesn't pick up. Jim Juroe
Yes, that is what I'm referring to. When I recently ran a Tree Consistency Check, only 3 places showed up as inconsistent. But when I ran a report, the place index section showed about 50 inconsistencies. Something isn't being picked up very well in FTB to say the least.
When you run the check I think it reports 3 variations but maybe your 50 are 50 persons using the 3 variations? When you correct it, it will correct all with the same variation at the same time using the tool.
I have started to change all my places to make it list better (sorting) and then I find a lot of these kinds of faults. Now I want the places to be as Country, State, County, city, Farm instead of the other way around which is default. I will then be able to list near by places togeather. I am not interested in listing I.E. Venice Italy with Venice US togeather. Problem is that the map function dont work with my approach.
Thanks for responding. The place consistency check doesn't pick up for instance a misplaced comma or something like that. The 50 or so inconsistencies were 50 different inconsistencies, not 50 people, so I just wish the checker could be improved. Jim Juroe
Imagine that a woman is married several times: on her tree, you add a first husband and her name may change (if she wants) to first husband's lat name...and I cant do that...lately, her first husband dies and she remarries getting her second's husband last name, so she supposted to have another last name display after her first name in a tree chart..and so for to the last husband...now, when you click on any given husband of her, it should display her current last name not a fixed - say, last husband's name...can you fixed that please
This is exactly why a married woman should be entered with her maiden name, not a married name. The maiden name never changes, and if you want to know what her legal name was a a particular time, all you have to do is check the marriage dates.
Note especially the option "If no specific married name is provided, use husband's last name for the wife". Enable this option, if you prefer to actually have the most recent's husband name added automatically, and leave the "married name" field on the woman's profile empty, just adding her maiden last name on the "maiden name" field.
Also, important to notice that if you don't add either dates of birth, marriage or death of the husbands to those relationships, the system will not be able to understand who's the first, second or third husbands are, specially if there are more than one husband deceased and no dates at all that can tip the system of whom the first or second husbands were.
I hope it was helfpul. If you have further questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is what I do (and I was told by experts that it couldn't be done by the program itself because it would take up too many characters or something; anyway...)
And don't be deterred because it looks a lengthy process, it's simple, it just looks a lot because I put in every click, which makes it quicker and easier.
I am doing this as I write, I first put Mary in the tree thus; click on Add Person, and, on the drop down menu, click Unrelated (ie, to anyone else in your tree) Person. So it doesn't interfere with the people already in your tree and you can, afterward, 'delete person' for each of these people. It is a practice run.
So. I have a single woman in my tree. Mary Smith.
She marries Johnny Brown, I put him in the tree ( 'Add Spouse' ) and she becomes Mary Brown [Smith]. Automatically.
Johnny dies. I change the marriage status to Widowed.
She marries Harry Green, I put him in the tree as her husband (right click in the coloured part of her 'card' in Tree view, hover over Spouses, click on Add Spouse in the drop down menu; click on Yes to the question that appears, Are You Sure etc. ; fill in the details in the Add Spouse card that appears.)
Her card now shows
Husband; Johnny Brown
Husband; Harry Green
and her name has actually reverted to Mary Smith, no matter which husband you click on (to show details of her and THAT HUSBAND and any children THEY may have...)
So. I right click in the coloured part of HER card; click Edit Details; hover the cursor in Married Name
(I do NOT click in the Names box)
and put in her married name thus;
Green (formerly Brown) and click OK.
and she is now Mary Green (formerly Brown) [Smith].
And you can put in another husband in the same way, so she may be Mary Stewart (formerly Green) (formerly Brown) [Smith]; or if you like, Mary Stewart (formerly Green, Brown) [Smith].
Dates: - there is no difference in date formats using the software in English or in Finnish. I have tried to change the language from English to Suomi and viceversa. The date format is always %d% %m% %y%, where the month is in letters. I really like to get the dates shown in common way as dd.mm.yyyy, the month in numbers and in every language which I'll like to use. Day and month with two digits.
Marriage: - Why the title is Marriage? Why cannot it be Relationship? Ok, the most common relationship is marriage but... There is in the list of status values: Friends, Partners etc. Those are not any marriage status values. Any way, there should be values like: Ex-friends, Ex-partners, too. If you add those in the Facts llist, they don't appear to the view of the to peoples Status view, it shows always e.g. Partners when it should Ex-partners.
Thanks fo the reply. I known the Tools -> Dates options. There is the default format %m% %d% %y%. I have now %d% %m% %y%, this always shows e.g. 4 Apr 2014. Which Is the format to show 04.04.2014? If I give %d% %mm% %y% the result is the 4 %mm% 2014. If I write dd.mm.yyyy thei dates are dd.mm.yyyy. Another american style is the time, it is 12h clock, how can I get 24h clock?
The correct writing is "%d% %m% %y%", for Day-Month-Year.
Regarding the hours, I don't see where actually you can see hours on Family Tree Builder. Could you please contact us directly on email@example.com and send us a screenshot of both the dates and hours situation?
You can change how the dates are displayed in the Family Tree Builder for the pattern that better fits your needs:
1. Open your project on theFamily Tree Builder.
2. Click on "Tools" on the top menu bar and then on "Options".
3. On the window that opens, click on "Dates" on the left side menu column.
4. In the middle of that window, you will see the sections "Standard Calendar" and "Options for Standard Calendar". You can change the order of days, months and years which will be then displayed on the tree. For example: %d% %m% %y%, for day-month-year. You can change it for %y% %m% %d, for year-month-day.