Many family members don't visit often, or use many of the features, relying only on getting their updates from the Newsletter in their emails. In the emailed Newsletter, the Home Page scrolls. When photos have been added & appear on the Home Page, they can be duplicated many times, depending on how many individuals have been tagged. This really takes up a lot of the Home Page space. A better option would be to allow configuring in "settings," so that only the initial uploaded photo were pasted on the Home Page. What I'm doing now is deleting each of the tagged pics, leaving only the original photo.
At the moment it appears that your forums are ordered by date of the original message in a thread. This means that if someone adds something to a thread started over a year ago (as I've just done), then this will stay potentially a few pages back and is not so easy to notice by new visitors.
Is there a way to set the forums up so that they are in order of the latest date something has been added to a thread? Would certainly make it easier to watch/participate in any of the more 'popular' discussions.
The message boards are not that easy to find for novice users. When the "activities" tab is selected, the default view is "articles." If there are no articles, the page appears empty. I think there needs to be something done to make the other options (message boards, polls, recipes, etc.) more visible...such as if the index was on the left side, appearing vertically, for example. I think those sub-tabs are blending into the other 2 rows of selection options.
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Sometimes, jumping from one branch of the family tree to another, one can loose a track of relation or navigation direction. For example, if one goes to a list of tree members (on Family Tree page) and open member X's personal page, then go to "View in tree" link, he or she could end up on family tree view page with member X as starting person and no trace how that person is connected to the principal one. One can always start form the beginning view of the tree, but it is not the point.
I think, it would be a great feature for the online tree to list the person's relation status to the principal person of the three (i.e. from the point of view of the person reviewing the tree after logging in). That relation status could be shown in the area where all personal data of the selected person are listed, for example, next to the picture below the name and years of birth and death but above the list of all pictures and events.
It becomes very important in big trees, where one could go too far from its own position to determine the relation visually or jump on tree branches that are displayed in their own pages without showing the principal person of the tree.
Further, it might be useful to indicate blood relatives on the tree (again more important in big trees) to help determine in which direction one should go from the given position on the tree to get back to him- or herself.
In addition, on pages that do not display the principal person of the tree, tree branch links that could lead to the principal person of the tree, should be marked somehow to indicate that.
I have a couple of suggestions regarding the Family Tree Builder software.
Some things that are annoying about the current program (which is already great, by the way) are that if no relationship is listed, they're automatically listed as Married instead of Unknown, which is not, I believe, safe or logical to suppose. Also, the program does not allow for complex or multiple relationships. Instead of having only one relationship field per couple, it would be better to have a relationship status field, then a new divorce date or separation date field if the couple separates, without having to omit their marriage information. It is also annoying to me that every time I add a new spouse to someone who is divorced or whatever, it gives me an error message, as though nobody ever has more than one spouse. Some people have multiple spouses at the same time! I would also love it if all spouses could be viewed at once. If spouses are somehow relate, it would also be great for the program to visually represent that rather than make duplicates of the person they are both related to, which is very confusing.
Also, it would simplify inputting lineage data if one could simply add citation info for many people at once instead of having to enter the same information for each and every person. I also don't really like that daughters of single mothers have their maiden name automatically set to their mother's maiden name, as this is actually never the case, and only takes time to correct and leads to confusion.
I hope this feedback helps those working on updating the program, whenever that happens. I look forward to a future update!
1. We do indeed assume a couple is married if no information about the relationship status is entered manually. This is a convenience to most - but you are right, maybe in today's world it's not the best way to treat things anymore. ;) If we get enough feedback we may change it.
2. Whenever a new event happens for a couple it should be added as a separate fact. If the couple marries - fact #1. If the couple separates - fact #2. Divorce - fact #3. This way you don't have to omit any information.
3. When you add multiple spouses you do get a message asking if you are sure you want to add another spouse. It's just a precaution, nothing more. I'll record a feature request to add the ability to turn this warning off in the Tools > Options menu.
4. In Family Tree Builder it is possible to view only one couple at a time. You don't have to make duplicate individuals though if you have married cousins in the tree for example. Just use the Attach Spouse feature in the Edit > Spouses menu to create a link between two existing persons in the tree.
5. Adding citation data for multiple persons at once is a good suggestion.You are correct, there isn't a feature to allow you to do that yet.
6. I wasn't able to reproduce the 'daughters of single mothers take the mother's maiden name' scenario. As far as I am aware a daughter of a single mother doesn't have a maiden name automatically filled in.
Wonder if you've got any further in thinking about these issues - with which I agree.
Here's a scenario: a couple are bringing up a child who is biologically only one of theirs. It seems the only way to represent this honestly is to create an "unknown" ex-spouse. And then the child doesn't show up in the family...
Would be good if all spouses, and all children, showed up.
And would be good if a child could be linked to just one parent.
Yes, currently an "unknown" spouse will be added to a child if only one of his parents were entered in the tree, as in the current logic we use each child needs to have 2 parents connected to him (either 2 natural, 2 biological or both).
It would be nice if we were able to delete the smart match after viewing it, since a lot of them are not matches or we have already contacted the other smart match other wise they just keep building up.
The biggest problem with smart matches is that so many members have multiple trees, so, if they have say 5 trees, I get 5 duplicated matches, 10 trees 10 matches and so on. Also, it would be good to have a "Uncertain" tick box for where there is not quite enough evidence to be sure about a match.