Recent Updates to Family Tree - September, 2013

The last couple of weeks have seen some changes to Family Tree. A few of these features were released in English only. However we are working hard to get the other languages done very soon. Some of these updates include:

  • Report about on person page
  • Print Family Group Record without Source
  • Selecting the Default (or Preferred) Spouse or Parents for the Pedigree
  • Stronger Caution for Merging Persons
  • More Cautions for Deleting People from Family Tree
  • Pedigrees of Unmarried Users
  • Sorting of Reservation List
  • View Relationships on Temple Opportunities List
  • Dismiss Temple Opportunities
  • Duplicate Records in the Reservation Process
  • Temple Placeholder Icon

Report Abuse on Person PageThe report abuse feature is now available on a person’s details page. This feature is intended for reporting misuse of Family Tree that violates the terms of use. Some examples of misuse include:

  • Offensive or abusive language
  • Information that might harm or embarrass living relatives
  • Links to external web pages with inappropriate content
  • Solicitations for business or research services

The report abuse feature is not intended for reporting incorrect data about a person (names, dates, and places) that another user has added. The process for resolving those issues involves adding sources, entering good reason statements, discussions, and contacting contributors.Print Family Group Record without SourcePreviously, all family group records printed from Family Tree included sources. Some of these printouts were 15 or more pages long. You can now print a family group record with sources and ones without sources.Selecting the Default (or Preferred) Spouse or Parents for the PedigreeIt is now easier to indicate which spouse or set of parents should show up by default on a pedigree. If a person is linked to multiple parents or spouses, the Family Members section of the details page has a check box you can click to select the one you want to show up by default on your pedigree.Stronger Caution for Merging PersonsWe have added a message that we hope will help users realize that they should merge records only after careful consideration.More Cautions for Deleting People from Family TreeTo help users make better decisions about when and whether to delete a person from Family Tree, we have added stronger messages to help them understand the implications of what they are doing. We also require them to acknowledge that they have reviewed the relationships and have entered a reason statement. This feature has been released in English only. The translations will be released as soon as we receive them.Pedigrees of Unmarried UsersIf the user is not married, they see their parents in the main position of the pedigree, with themselves shown as a child. Previously, the user was in the main position. Their parents and ancestry were shown, but the half of the pedigree intended for the spouse’s ancestry was blank. This change allows single users to view a complete tree.Sorting of Reservation List (English Only)You can now sort your Reservation List by date reserved, name, sealing, gender, or ID number. By default, it is sorted by reserved date. Sorting by sealing brings to the top all of the people for whom you have reserved a sealing ordinance. This has been a very popularly requested feature.View Relationships on Temple Opportunities List (English Only)The Temple Opportunities List now lets you see how you are related to the person whose ordinances are being done. It uses the same diagram as Photos and Stories.To see the relationship, you simply click the View My Relationship link, located beneath the person’s name.Dismiss Temple Opportunities (English Only)After you have reviewed the names on your Temple Opportunities list, you might decide not do them or that someone else should do them. If you no longer want to see these names on your list, you can “dismiss” them from showing up on your Temple Opportunities list. Dismissing an ordinance from your list does not remove it from any other family member’s opportunity list.To dismiss a temple opportunity from your list, click the check box by the person’s name, and click Dismiss.Duplicate Records in the Reservation ProcessWhen Family Tree looks for duplicates, it assigns a value of 1-5 stars to it, depending on how closely the records match. A 1-star match is a very poor match. A 5-star match is a very good match.When you reserve temple ordinances, the Family Tree indicates whether duplicate records exist for a person whose ordinances are incomplete. Users can then review and merge the duplicates if they want.Previously, Family Tree showed all possible matches. It now shows only 4- and 5-star matches. This change has been made to improve the balance between preventing improper duplicates from being merged and preventing duplicate ordinances from being done. We are monitoring the impact of this change and can make further adjustments to this if it is needed.Temple Placeholder IconOn the Temple Reservation List, ordinances that were not currently reserved, not available, or not needed showed up in a very light-colored box. These ordinances now show up as a simple underline. An explanation appears if you hover your mouse over it.

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