i don't wanna bring these up, but since i wanna do this... my father was adopted since he was little, so he actually has two family(two fathers and two mothers-but he never saw his biological father in his life); i'm from Taiwan, which speak multiple languages (mainly Mandarin so far) my sister got married in US and yes my brother-in-law is an American, and my brother-in-law's parents got divorce and remarried when he was young, which means he also has "more than one parents"(biological parents and step parents), if i want to add these family members on the family tree, i may need you to add some options to let me build up family tree with these special occasions...many thanks!
It might be of interest for readers to know that there is no such thing as a family crest - a "crest" is the surmounting part of a "coat of arms", and English tradition is that they were were awarded to a knight or higher rank by a lord or monarch. They were NOT inheritabvle, so that while many companies make a tidy profit out of selling various forms of them, they do not actually belong to descendents of the original bearer. If you have an ancestor who was entitled to a coat of arms, you could add this as a photo to that individual person, as it is unlikely you'd have a photo anyway. Refer to http://www.fleurdelis.com/nofamilycrest.htm or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crest_(heraldry) or other sites for confirmation.
Yeah, I knew that about the crests but nonetheless take a quiet pleasure in the crests of honoured bearers of my family names. Though for quite a few years I was a proud member of the Stewart Society and thus entitled to their Stewart crest. I would still be a member if it were not for the constraints of retirement.
Most of the people using my site use the tree mode - as evidenced by the record of who visits each profile. Without actually counting them, I'd guess that no one has ever visited the profile page of 95% of the 2700 plus people in my tree.
The problem is that without visiting the profile page there is no way to know if a person has a biography entry. I use the biography entry to add the family history - the stories about who did what, where and when - as oppossed to the genealogy (the relationships). My visitors don't read these stories because they don't know they exist.
Clicking on each and every tile in the tree and opening the profile for each person just to look for a biography would be a tedious way to use the family tree. But that is the only way to know if the biography exists.
So - please - is there any way you can add a flag (or link) to the person's tile/card or to the person's detail panel so that it is obvious that there is a biography entry and to make it easy to read the biographies. This would both help to let people know a biography exists, and also help to encourage members to add/share/correct biographies, thus creating a family history. I would appreciate if this could be considered in future upgrades.
What I have done over the years of painstakingly entering each of the 5800 people in my tree#) is putting the given and last names of those who have biography notes between asterisks like so: *Jany (first) Ingrid (middle) Muench* (last) Frank (married). The added bonus is that when you sort all on first name, the ones between asterisks appear first in alphabetical order. Of course if there had been a flag of myHeritage's devising, I would have used that. I use and publish from FTB, but I am pretty sure this can be done with on-line only trees as well. Of course you need to tell your members what the asterisks mean. I have done that on the Home Page. You are welcome to take a look.
#)Note: I never use the merge option, because after a couple of painful experiences, I learned the hard way that garbage in is still garbage out. I don't allow any of my members to edit the tree either--any changes have to be sent to and done by me.
Your idea looks like a reasonable work-around, but a lot of work. We have discovered some of the same short-comings. I hope MH will come to the party and improve access to the biography. I believe this is a very important part of our research, because it is the way to build a family history.
Unfortunately the MH development team never get back to forum members with a development schedule. So there is no way to know if they are listening, or plan any action. ...but fingers crossed.
Thanks for your idea Ingrid.
A flag or link in the details panel - like this would be nice....
We are not talking about the same thing here. I was talking about SmartMatching in Family Tree Builder, and using the Merge function available there, in particular to add new family members (or further details) from the other tree to my tree.
Say I had a married couple in my tree and wanted to add children who were in the other person's tree, I click in the Merge box; check the people I want to add (or add details of) to my tree, and then click in Step by Step Merge (NEVER Automatic Merge; I want to look at every detail).
But your idea, what you do now and especially the way you would like MH to set it up, is fantastic. It ties in with a recent suggestion of mine for comparing trees.
I want a simple way to get an idea of whether membership in another tree would be helpful to me; and to the other site holder.
A way to compare trees!
At present I have no real idea of whether we share names in our trees; trying to do this with just a look at another person's tree is a lost cause.
And I would feel lost with the way you do it now, besides the effort would not be worth it for what I need.