Surnames in todays sense were uncommon and not required pre-1905, when the name laws changed.
Any "surname" ending in "son" or "dotter" are not really helpful. It just describes the name of the father.
"Surnames" are pretty much meaningless unless you also have the persons D.O.B, birth parish, or some other record where you can start a trace, like parish, date of death, emigration records, or larger cities that had tax records that largely replaced church records, like Stockholm. These records are usually good, tracking peoples movements over time.
No guesses can be made from Karlsson, Svensson, or Andersson etc. It just looks stupid.
sometines when people are immigrating part or their family stays at country of origin, therefore families use names in different languages to describe same person. It would be nice for application developers to add an option to specify name for same person in different languages, so that it can be matched (and shared) across countires.
I ended up shifting to FTB from another product due to the ability to sync, and then share with family without having to continually import GEDCOMs somewhere. However, the reporting options in FTB are beyond simple, and little customization options.
The biggest thing is, please add the ability to include notes and sources only for the husband and wife, suppressing notes and sources for their children and parents. Many of us maintain a group sheet for each family. If we need to see more details on a generation before, or after, we can turn to their sheet. Repeating piles of sources and notes takes up ink, paper, is messy, and results in group sheets at least a page longer than needed.
I'm essentially going to have to start over because I'm not going to go through and delete 600 people off my family tree. My husband in his infinite wisdom added his whole effing family to my tree. I want to split them off into their own tree and take them off of mine. BUT this feature is not available and I can't do anything without deleting them one by one. This is tedious and a waste of my time when a good programmer could figure out how to do a branch split.
1. Branch Delete/Cleanup
2. Branch Split
3. When exporting a gedcom, have it grab siblings not just direct lineage.
I'd love to be able to view only my direct line of the family. Currently, I am just not including the siblings in the tree because there is no way to view only my line. This inhibits the ability of the site to do its job due to the lack of information. Looking at the tree with all the siblings makes it incredibly hard to view because it is overwhelming.
Additionally, I would like an easier way to delete family. If I could select many and delete in bulk, that would be amazing. It takes far too much time to delete a line of family when I have to delete each individually and in order of connection. This is quite difficult when the wrong information is in the tree and I have to delete it. It takes far too much time.