Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FTM should sync info with Ancestry Trees

Ol' Myrt here keeps an eye on Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings blog when he talks about Family Tree Maker. The same is true for Russ Worthington's Blog and his GenealogyWise page. I knew that after today's announcement of the release of Family Tree Maker 2011, these two gentlemen would be sure to make comments. Ol' Myrt was not disappointed. See:
 You'll see I also posted a comment as I've expanded in the following
Hiya Randy! I agree 100% with the problem of "syncing" one ancestor's updated info between Ancestry.com Trees and an FTM database. I thought at first I was missing something when I first started using the online Ancestry tree.

I still put my data up at Ancestry Trees to find the "quick & easy" record groups with the "shaking leaf" option.
I also advise my readers to look every other month for each ancestor from the individual screen shown below, which does a more thorough contextual search. However, the new data must be typed in and cannot be updated automatically.

To get to the contextual search option, view your Ancestry Tree in pedigree format. Then roll your mouse over an ancestor's info box, as Ol' Myrt here has done for her great-grandfather Alma Oades Player. Up pops a box with more details, and the more detailed search option is available as shown above.

What FTM needs to do with the Ancestry.com is similar to what's happening with programs that truly sync with new.FamilySearch.org. (Read that "not just view".)

As the old familySearch.org website goes away, and everyone has access to what is now in new.FamilySearch.org in early 2011, then this sort of "sync-both-ways" feature will become the norm.

Geesh, I need to make a blog entry about this.

Thanks for writing "I'll wait on FTM 2011."

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Myrtle,

    I understand this issue, as it has been discussed, at long length, on the Family Tree Maker (Ancestry.com) Message Board.

    I think that if you really look at this issue, the push comes from those who are using a Member Family Tree and want to continue to use that feature as well as having a copy of that tree on their PC. Right now, the Family Tree Maker feature to Share that file on Ancestry.com creates a New online tree. This would cause the User to re-invite other researchers to this new tree. Clearly, not a good solution.

    However, I am a long time user of the PC based program. There is lot of information in my PC based file that I would NOT want Online anywhere. I have information on cousin's and their grand-children in my file. Nope, don't want that online.

    What about 'not completely researched' information that I am working on. I don't want that online either.

    All I am trying to say, is the much of this issue comes from where you have been doing your Research (PC or Online), where you have your Family Tree (online or on your PC) and what controls might be in a 'synch' feature.

    Many of the long time users of the PC based Family Tree Maker are certainly willing and have been sharing their information in various ways. User Home Pages (Family Tree Maker Version 16 and earlier), and not the Member Family Trees on Ancestry.com. We do share. But I am not sure how many of us would use a 'synch' feature without a whole lot of control over what is in that Synchronization.

    Based on what is in Version 2011, I would not hold out until a 'synch' feature was made available.

    This is all my own, humble, opinion. Version 2011 is better then the previous version of this program.

    Thanks for listening.