I have duplicate places in my tree; some of which are nearly identical and some of which aren't. For example, I have Grafton NSW and Grafton, NSW, Australia in my tree. Might I suggest a tool that goes through the places and searchs for duplicated, or similar, place names?
Don't know about web based trees, but if you are using Family Tree Builder, go to Tools, then Tree Consistency Checker, and look for Inconsistent Place Name Spelling. This will find a lot of the problem entries.
Instead of the trouble of uploading and downloading versions back and forth why not make an online tool similar to "Smart matches" but instead of people you can choose to match your places with your own places or others. Sometimes it might be easier to actually match someones villages than finding them on a map! Also a way to easily change or add words like county or country and then all your entries with that specific place will be changed. example: Yorkton, Canada will become Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada or Fromheden, AC will become Fromheden 5, Norsjö, AC
If possible, might I suggest another idea for the product. Currently the program takes up a considerable amount of space on a computer. I suggest making it more streamlined, so it doesn't take up so much space and can run faster. Along those lines, I went through my photo's folder on my computer and I've found 3-4 copies of the same photo. Why are so many different copies needed?
I love using Family Tree Builder and have for some time. Now I am researching my ancestors y & mtdna markers to further discover where my family came from. I have been entering the information but there seems to be no way to export or easily display the information.
One suggestion that I would like to make is the possibility of chosing a person and having the program list their ancestors with haplotype/ dna markers. I think this would be quite useful. It could even be done in a family tree format.
Most families have many stories about their family ranging from things that hapenned when a person was younger to funny things that happened later in life. In any case these stories provide a richer family history that should be preserved.
Currently the only way to capture this information is to type it into a document and upload it or create a note. I think it would be a good idea to create a way to add these stories. It would be useful to be able to record who told the story, who recorded and link or tag it to the person who told it or it is about.
I have our family history in eight chapters plus introduction, addenda and appendices with lots and lots of pictures uploaded to our myHeritage website as attachments to articles in PDF format. This can be done under the App function-Articles. Most are public and can be reached from our home page. You are welcome to take a look on our website (Munch Family History Site). If this is what you are looking for, I'll be glad to help if you need it. You should, however, upgrade to premium plus to do this if you have a lot of stories, because you will need the unlimited storage. This capability is the main and foremost reason I stay with myHeritage.