Your idea looks like a reasonable work-around, but a lot of work. We have discovered some of the same short-comings. I hope MH will come to the party and improve access to the biography. I believe this is a very important part of our research, because it is the way to build a family history.
Unfortunately the MH development team never get back to forum members with a development schedule. So there is no way to know if they are listening, or plan any action. ...but fingers crossed.
Thanks for your idea Ingrid.
A flag or link in the details panel - like this would be nice....
We are not talking about the same thing here. I was talking about SmartMatching in Family Tree Builder, and using the Merge function available there, in particular to add new family members (or further details) from the other tree to my tree.
Say I had a married couple in my tree and wanted to add children who were in the other person's tree, I click in the Merge box; check the people I want to add (or add details of) to my tree, and then click in Step by Step Merge (NEVER Automatic Merge; I want to look at every detail).
But your idea, what you do now and especially the way you would like MH to set it up, is fantastic. It ties in with a recent suggestion of mine for comparing trees.
I want a simple way to get an idea of whether membership in another tree would be helpful to me; and to the other site holder.
A way to compare trees!
At present I have no real idea of whether we share names in our trees; trying to do this with just a look at another person's tree is a lost cause.
And I would feel lost with the way you do it now, besides the effort would not be worth it for what I need.
I collected my documents, photos etc in a shelf. I gave each of the persons a specific number. This is, as a lot of people do have the same name over generations. As a reference numbering system I'm using the Kekule system. Somebody else would like to have another numbering system.
This help me to find the related documents to a person much easier.
I assumed I can misuse the field 'EMAIL' as I don't use. Problem is that it is checke if the content of the field follow the email rules. You need to have an @.
For me it would be helpful to have such a field. Could be that not all of the users of myheritage has the need of an extra field.
In a similar fashion I would like to be able to group people together. For example I would like to be able to easily find everyone in the family tree who has military sevice records.
I know how to add additional fields and custom fields. In the full profile >edit profile > all facts > add another fact > enter a fact type = add a custom field. Here you can add any field you like. Custom fields will show up on the Details Panel for each person.
However, once you have create a field, or used one of the many available fields, there is still no way to search for everyone in the tree with that field. You can only use the PEOPLE search to search names and places.
Werner, have you tried adding a custom field this way? Would this help you?
MH, can we please have better searching added to future upgrades?
Did you know that the MacFamilyTree uses Kekulé numbers? I wonder if MH could include this in a future upgrade.
As for your idea of using email addresses - you can't search on the email field either. You can only search on place and name. I don't know much about Kekulé numbers - would it be possilbe to integrate the kekule number into the place field?
I know it would be a big job to add a Kekulé numbers field to every person in your tree. But the advantage is that you will see the field on the details panel and can easily edit it from there.
It would be a good idea if MH allowed searching of other fields.
My Great Grandmother had 9 children. Unfortunately only 3 lived into infancy. I wanted to print a family group sheet to send to my grandfather so he could fill in the names of his siblings. However, when I created the group sheet it only had spaces for his parents and his brother and sister. It would be nice if FTB filled the page with boxes for children. What would also be nice is if, when printing the family group sheet you could designate how many children boxes you wanted to print. In my above example you can not fit 9 children on a page so it would have to print another page with the boxes for the rest of the children on it. Of course I could create Unknown children in my tree but I hate having to upload unknowns to the web tree. It just takes time and unnecessary space.
When I use the PEOPLE choice on the FAMILY TREE menu to search for a person in my family tree I have to type the person's name exactly. e.g. The search for John F Kennedy, I can't type John Kennedy, or I wouldn't get any results.
However, when I am adding a relative to the family tree using the EDIT box options, for example adding a father for John F Kennedy, I can type any part of the persons name in any order. For example I could type Kennedy Joe and still find a list of suitable people.
My question is why can't the second style of searching be made available when using the PEOPLE choice on the FAMILY TREE menu. The second search algorithm is obviously much more advanced than the first.
The suggestion is - can you please improve the search algorithm for searching for PEOPLE on the online site.
Could MH change the colour or shape, or both, of smart and record matches icons when new ones arrive for individuals? As one browses the trees, these indicators will prompt the user to process and analyse the matches.
The indicators are to advise the user that there are outstanding matches needing attention for individuals on the trees.
I am very new to MH, therefore what I am about to suggest my already exist, even though I cannot find any reference to it.
I would like to see a page that loads before the tree, or any other feature. In my situation there will be a lot of visitors that have no idea how to use MH and no intention of finding out. All they want to do is look and read. I need a page to add my own text and possibly a picture or two and maybe and atractive background. Than't my first suggestion.
Also, my visitors will be looking to make a financial input to my family tree account. I would like to do this via PayPal Subscription Button, and Pay Now Button. I know MH has a subscription option but it is not sophisticated enough for my needs. These Buttons will be used on the Intro Page.
You can edit the 'Welcome' section on your Home page to add your purpose and directions for use, which is what I did, although I wish MH would re-format the page to make that column wider as it was some years ago. You are welcome to take a look. I like your 2nd suggestion for a family contribution via a pay-pal button, since nobody in my family has volunteered and this might give them the idea. Good luck & welcome.
I'm not sure if I'm missing something here. Is it possible to issue a Family Tree Outline report of an ultimate ancestor's descendants that has generation #, vital dates/places and includes the spouses?
A report that doesn't have those verticle lines on the left that eat up room on the page squeezing information rightward?
I know how to suppres the photos. I don't want to invite everyone into the online site, and most people can't navigate it and get lost looking at the wrong branches.
I'm talking about the report that comes from the hard drive portion of the computer not the online version itself.
I don't see how to customize it from the instructions.