This FTB Wizard is currently useless in dealing with, or even being aware of, the spate of updates documented and posted about in the Forums, and it must be corrected before you continue to issue bug fixes. The forums are full of comments about build 7.137, but the Wizard knows nothing of this. It tells me that my code is at 184.108.40.206, and that that means I am fully up-to-date. Some of you support people even answer quiries by showing users how they can edit URLs in order to get the build they want!
In the Overview/matches/compare tabs of the matches window in FTB, it would be good to be able to select multiple lines before clicking the "Change Status" button. I find sometimes there are 20 or 30 matches for a person, many of which indicate less relatives than what I already have (sometimes only 2 or 3 instead of 15 or 20), or the wrong dates of birth and death (i.e. not a valid match). I'd like to be able to select groups of these on the basis of the information in the window (dob etc) and at the same time. In databases this is normally done by holding down CTRL or SHICT and clicking on each one to be selected.
In the second tab I would like to see some kind of indicator, eg a round dot about 7mm in hight, to the right of the date next to each event. If there is no source it can eg be be gray, if there is a source it changes color to yellow and if both source and source content is available it changes color to green. This give me a better view of what information I have or don´t have.
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].