I have often looked at the tree of another member who I think might have some of my family in the tree. I have looked through the People list (family Tree tab in Web site, click on People in the drop down menu) but it only shows a few people on each page and unless you are looking for one specific person it is far too time-consuming to be useful in a quick search of surnames.
Could that list display a simple list of family names (without initials) before the detailed list? That should be simple to arrange and it would be great; I could quickly and easily glance at another web site to see if family are likely to be there, then search if it looks as though it would be worth the effort. If it is practical a number in brackets after the name, to show how many of them are in the tree, would be wonderful.
The list of names that you have mentioned is a list of names that appears after the site manager has personally invited those people via their email address's therefore not all people that appear in the family tree are necessarily represented within the list.
However your suggestions have been noticed and it may be possible that our development team will take these into consideration for future updates.
Hi, Dean, and thank you for your reply. HOWEVER, I am NOT talking about the list of site members!!!
Please re-read my letter, carefully. I spoke of the FULL List of 'PEOPLE' in the family tree, sometimes thousands of them, maybe ten to a page and hundreds of pages.
If there were a summary of surnames, showing the number of people with each surname, it would greatly simplify a quick evaluation of whether that tree would contain helpful information about members of my own family. At present it is not practicable to look through the full list; I have tried it a couple of times.
Other members' family trees are a great resource but I can't take the time to slowly look through each one that looks interesting.