I love how in FTB and on the web I can hover the mouse pointer over a card in a tree and get the relationship of that person to me. What is not so great is that I can't always figure out what some relationships are - for example, just how am I related (through what branches) to a 3rd cousin four times removed? I know there are webpages I could look up to generally find out, but I think the main problem is that the tree view in FTB amd the web only shows 6 generations up-and-down, and only really goes one family side-to-side, and that is not enough to get my relation and me on the same page.
What I would really appreciate is another option on the tree display "generations" slider that would collapse the main (focus) cards down to just a name (as is currently the case for 3 or 4 generations above or below) and represent the other generations as coloured dots joined by relationship lines, with the main person and selected person highlighted somehow. I could then see exactly how the relationship links in.
I know that some might consider this suggestion a bit on the morbid side, but here in SA we often sit with families that are widely distributed through the country and there are a lot of movement of families between towns. This leads to people getting buried in one town but there might not any more direct relatives living in that particular town.
Should relatives wish to visit the grave site they first have to locate the exact cemetery and then spend a lot of time wandering through the cemetry looking for the correct grave and some times they end up not finding the grave they wished to visit or due to tombestone theft (yes, that actually happens here in SA) the grave has become unmarked.
I would like to suggest the addition of a grave GPS coordinate field to the form if the person has passed away. This will give family members the opportunity to mark the gravesite and other family members can then quickly locate graves in old cemetries.
With the availability of GPS technology in modern times and everybody having smartphones, this could also be feature for the mobile app, perhaps a "Geo-tagging" function where the coordinates can be taken at the grave site and uploaded to the family tree?
At the moment our family adds the GPS coords of a grave in the Biography section of a profile, but this field could be a valuable addition to the standard form.
Have you checed out the "Billion Graves" project that MH is undertaking? It has instructions on how to record the GPS. Perhaps what is needed is a field with a link to specific grave details that project.
Steady on there Phillip, advancement in Geo tagging ihas to be the most interesting new attribute we should all adopt.
How would you see the geo tagging of a grave in a small counrty cemetery ( I am A crow Eater) and in particuler a burila without monumnet. Seems like a great idea but HOW do I 9 as the primary researcher) discover the location- the burial register (when accessable) give row and plot - but in some cemeteries you have to have Harrsion Ford with you to locate ANY path.
I would like others to explore your great idea adn I would hope that Myheritage- ses the value in getting onto this option without dely. But thet means getting the "tam" to agree-- not an easy task if they have a contra intention-- like setting up a fee nbased accesiblity Option anf make us pay.
I recently started using the smart match concensus available on the web page (didn't use it before because it took so long to see the page come up, but I now have faster broadband) and it is proving to be very useful - particularly the "ignore person" option for cutting down the 28,000 smart matches to be checked.
I see something happening frequently on the concensus page, for example, I get "Launceston, Cornwall, England, UK", "Launceston, Cornwall, England", "Launceston Cornwall England", "Launceston, Cornwall, ENG ", "Cornwall, England", "Cornwall, UK", "England", and "UK" as possible matches to addresses. Now obviously (to a human) these are all the same location. Would it be possible to program in a little check for close matches on addresses - particularly for different puctuation (e.g. "Launceston, Cornwall, England" and "Launceston Cornwall England") or abbreviated countries (e.g. "England" and "ENG") just to save users a bit of time?
The information that you already confirmed and copied to your tree online will be syncrhonised back to the tree on the Family Tree Builder. In other words, the data that was copied to inside your tree is synced.
It doesn't mean that the list of matches to confirmed or reject will be updated in the FTB, with those that you already worked on the site.
This happens because actually the Family Tree Builder and the site works independently and with different algorythms with the Smart Matches. Both, from each 'side', look for matches into a pool of profiles. It would look like something like so:
FTB <====> POOL OF PROFILES <=====> WEB
Therefore, I would recommend that you alway work on one of the platforms with the Smart Matches, and I suggest to work with them directly on the site, because the Enhanced Smart Matches technology is only available online. After you have confirmed and copied all the matches, you can then simply sync your tree on the FTB and all the information copied to the tree online will be synced back to your project on the FTB.
Im not sure if From place is needed. You can always assume that previous Move to place has that information and you can always use the Settlement to keep a Place too. I use Settlement to keep track of all Sources/Events between moves.
However it would be nice if the sorting was working in the WEB/FTB trees. In WEB tree Moves is sorted before Settlements instead of a Timeline. In FTB Move and Settlement can switch order when dates are the same.
I have various ancestors whose names were spelled a variety of ways - in official/primary sources no less. For instance Couchet/Cochet/Coché/Cousiee or Andriaenken/Adriaentje. It would be great if there were fields for these alternative spellings, which could then be taken into account when doing smart matches/research. (I used to put the alternative spelling in brackets, but in the cases where there are three or four, it becomes to cumbersome.
You can send a comment to the other site manager when rejecting a smart match, already. Just go to compare trees, go to bottom of page, send message, then go back to smart matches and reject the match. Have a great day!
I like the Smart match function a lot but very often, when I checked them, I see that I have already confirmed all of them. So, a visual indicator like the colour of the Smart Match Icon green for completely new and never confirmed SM, orange for some new and some already confirmed and red or grey for no new but already confirmed SM would be great
This is basically "copy or retype all the stuff from one card, and delete it", which is time-consuming. It would be so much better if a merge could be done, similar to what is done when comparing my tree and another tree - clicking on the "merge" button allows data to be copied from the other tree. In the case of duplicates, it would be great if there was a way to copy everything from one card (to be selected by the user) into the other card (also selected) using a similar merge page before deleting the duplicate card.
It's actually not copy and pasting; you simply can delete one of the duplicates and use the attach/detach feature of the FTB or site to connect the correct duplicate to the rest of the tree, if necessary.
Please, take a look on the comprehensive explanation of this functionality on the link below: