When doing Smart Matches online, every time you get an accepted Smart Match, you get a verification window, where you accept the match a second time. In the same window there is a small writing area, where you can write a message to the other party, although it is rarely needed. When you decline a Smart match, however, this writing field is lacking. I would need it to explain in a few words why the Match was rejected.
Could you please insert a writing area in the Match declined window, identical to the one in the Match accepted window?
Kudos to the programming team for the Smart Matches process in FTB 7.0. It is now working much better than before, although some parts still contains old, very old bugs.
This already exists. In Smart Matches, if you are going to reject it and want to explain why, just hit the "Compare Trees" tab and scroll down to the bottom of that page. There is a send message box in which you can explain the reasons for rejecting the match. After sending the message, just hit the back arrow and reject the match. Hope this helps.
I know. I just happened across it after months of wishing I could tell someone that we might have a match, but that I couldn't accept it based on the limited info they had, etc. At least MH thought of it too, even if they did kind of hide it from us. Happy hunting!
I second Rolf's suggestion, as well as his kudo's to the dev team.
One thing that I think would also be very helpful in the Smart Match arena is the source information.
When I was new to this research I was not as careful as I should have been about accepting matches. Before I accept them, it would be extremely helpful to know where the info came from (another family site, a book or article, court records, family bible, etc.) Currently there is no good way to determine if the match is highly reliable (as with church or court records, seen first hand) or dubious (copied from another family site, which was copied, which was copied...)which is just propegating a "rumor" all over my family tree!
A number of times when doing Smart Matches, I have received in return the same information that I iniitially researched and developed myself, from my own sources, without any outside help. MyHeritage kindly informs, that now, as both parties have agreed that the information is correct, the information is fully validated. In my mind this is so called circular evidence, which in mathematical terms is not a validation at all. It is just too tempting to accept what is offered to you without really checking the information.
I don't see a straightforward way to enter someone's name in their native language (eg. 习近平) and then be able to enter it again in another language (eg. English: Xi Jinping) for another version of the name that they might commonly and legally use.
You can actually do this using the Family Tree Builder software.
There is a function there that let's you input the names and any other kind of information in different languages. You can do this by first downloading, installing and configuring your family tree builder software to work with your account and then going to Tools > Languages:
Display and Primary Language should be the same (for example English)
And check the box near Secondary Language, where you can pick another language (such as your native language)
After you do this whenever you open the details of a person to edit in the family tree builder software you will have double fields, side-by-side, that you could enter the information on both language databases.
This is currently not supported on the web version.
I would like to have ability in both the family tree builder and website to allow viewing by surname. The names could be collasped based on surnames..that way you only have to view the branch you are interested in...this would prevent you from having to create more trees.
And, related to your question; when I look at (and think of asking to join) a family tree which I think may include people who are related to me, the only way I can look at the surnames is to look at the individual entries under 'Family Tree', 'People'.
Almost impossible to justify the time that takes.
What I would like is a simple summary of the names; surname and number of people with that surname. A two minute look will tell me whether I am likely to find family in the tree.
In the family site on the right side of the family tree we have the option "Find a person in the family tree."
Click the Find person box and start typing a person’s name. Choose the person you want to view from the list of suggestions that appear. During this process all persons with the surname you typed in will appear.
I hope this has proven useful to you and should you require any further assistance or have any further inquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be only too happy to help.
Add cemetery option on the index for people listing or under the reports option.
Index lets you rearrange by first name, last name, birth date or death date. Add cemetery to show all relatives buried at the same cemetery.
It would be great to get a report or be able to print a list of all the relatives in the same cemetery especially when you go cemetery walking and want to take pictures. Helps you know what names to look for in the cemetery.
Using FTB 6 (I'm not adventurous enough to try the new one yet!);
In the person's 'card', ( Tree View, right click in the big blue or pink area, left click on Edit Details) in the 'deceased' section, there is a spot for 'buried at'.
All that would be needed is a function to list and index these details; simple...
Now here is one for people more expert with software than me; in FTB, under 'Edit', you have the option to 'Export to Excell', 'Export Custom Report', then you can click on (under 'Fields to Export") the button 'Selected Fields' and there is the opportunity to check various fields including Burial.
Is that going to give you the information you want, after you index the burial places (which ought to come up, not just the dates) in Excel?
Please let me know if it works, I am as shy as a virgin bride with software but I like the idea of a list of people in particular cemeteries; we may do a journey around them one day. Pictures, GPS locations....
The custom report should include burial and alt burial and will automatically include first and last name and other information.
It takes some knowledge of spreadsheets (I use Open Office) but you will sort the report by burial place. You can also filter/group by cemetery depending on your knowledge and the spreadsheet you're using. Here's a slightly edited sample; it took me about three minutes to make.
Brittin Cemetery, Elkhorn, Douglas Co, Nebraska, USA
Brittin Cemetery, Elkhorn, Douglas Co, Nebraska, USA
Brookside Cemetery, Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada
Brown Township Union Cemetery, Indiana, USA
Brown Township Union Cemetery, Indiana, USA
Brunyard Cemetery, Banyard, Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
I use this type of custom report on a regular basis for my cemetery walk-arounds. I also record in the burial location description the marker # if known but alas there is no option for including that information in the report to print as yet. Told it has been passed on to the developers......
In a past life I suggested a cemetery option but it was never taken up.
I also think that having got a cemetery function- the lease tenure would be a great asset. In some countries ( Australia for one) there are multitudes of tenure from everelasting to 100 years to 50 years. and it would be good for the family renuion folk to be awarer that a important grave is up for re-lease.
Australia has a lot of cemetery re-use and that wwould be prevented if enough people tokk enough interest in preserving the burial place.
So to cap this off- there is also the method of dispiosal that Is becoming more and morean issue. In the past we Burial or cremation but now with aquamation and resomation into the plan- the nwhole issue of remains disposal, placement and tenure are bit more of a complictaed issue.
In some countries ( Australia for one) there are multitudes of tenure from everelasting to 100 years to 50 years. and it would be good for the family renuion folk to be awarer that a important grave is up for re-lease.
As lack of space in cemeteries makes ground burial impractical, cremation is becoming more common. In some cemeteries, graves and cremain plots are being doubled (over/under) and up to six cremains are allowed in a single standard grave plot.
Hadn't heard of leased plots before; this article says it's in effect in South Australia and is being considered in other AU states. If a lease is not renewed, the remains are exhumed and reburied deeper in the same plot. A single grave might hold three generations -- and why not?
Still, genealogists and the software we use will need to be flexible enough to cope with "burial" practices such as leased graves, ossuaries (an old practice that may be renewed), ashes scattered at sea, alkaline hydrolysis product stored in Grandma's living room, cremains shot into space...
They key to understanding why myheritage does not (yet) grasp burial trenusre - ie grave leasing, is that obviously the americans dont have leased plots. If THEY had to lease burial plots then ALL software developers woudl , by default, make burial tenure a feature of software.
Family Tree Builder is from Israel. Tiny country, big population, where for religious reasons grave resuse is not permitted, according to this article.
But I know what you mean; probably most MH customers are in America and it's those customers who drive the market.
For those who insist on whole-body interment, I'd say plant 'em vertically. Drill a round hole 12' deep (far easier than a 4'x7'x6'deep rectangular hole). Place the corpse in a cardboard core, seal both ends, drop it down feet first. Pack 'em like sardines. Standing room only.
Not meaning to be irreverant, but it strikes me as an efficient solution for getting a lot of folks into a small cemetery while still allowing individual graves. Sure to be some legal/ethical/environmental/sentimental/whatever problem with it, though.