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Robert Report 17 Mar 2013 13:27

I wonder if it would be possible to have the surnames of all direct relatives put in capital letters, as it would be much easier to move around the tree. I keep trying to do this myself, but the capitals do not seem to stay on the tree. Many thanks.
R. K. Brewer.


DazedConfused Report 17 Mar 2013 19:42

Although I no longer have a tree on here, I do think that some colour could be injected into the tree ie Pink for female and Blue for male relatives.


SylviaInCanada Report 17 Mar 2013 20:35


wasn't that done in the changes last year??

But so many people complained that it was removed??


InspectorGreenPen Report 18 Mar 2013 07:08

The Tree DOES have colour - blue for males pink for females.....! It is the colour of the shoulders of the male or female silhouette in each individual's box when you view your tree.


Kense Report 18 Mar 2013 08:20

I agree with the idea that some indicaion of the direct line would be nice, particularly when looking at other trees to which one has been given access.

I don't like the capitalisation idea though and would prefer some coloured item to indicate the direct line.


InspectorGreenPen Report 18 Mar 2013 10:05

FTM has a direct line indicator. It is linked to whoever is currently set as the Home Person.

Not quite sure how it might work when looking at other trees on GR, as a direct line to the member's Home Person might not be what other members are interested in.


Kense Report 18 Mar 2013 10:48

It is a problem for me in that in my early days on here I made contacts due to sharing the same people in our trees and now cannot remember what our relationship was (if any).

So I can find a shared person on the other tree but it is not easy to see if that person is a direct ancestor of the root person or closely related to a direct ancestor.

An indication of the direct lines to the root person would enable me to determine whether thae other rootperson was a cousin, related by marriage or not particularly related.

To be honest the facility would be more useful on another site which has lots of public trees and would indicated whether making initial contact would be useful.


DazedConfused Report 18 Mar 2013 11:47

As said before I no longer have a tree on here and cannot for the life of me remember what my tree actually looked like as I so rarely used it.

Kim Annette

Kim Annette Report 31 Mar 2013 21:48

i have just had to go back to my tree to look at the colour of the shoulders....
its amazing what we dont see when we spend way too many hours looking at something.... :-)


DazedConfused Report 31 Mar 2013 22:15

Kim - too right - spent some time yesterday looking for my glasses and they were on my head!!!

Not the first time I have done this either.

And how many times do you look for something so hard that when you do look at it you just do not see it.....


SylviaInCanada Report 1 Apr 2013 01:34

OH lost his umbrella last week, a very large umbrella

eventually, the man he was talking to said "It's in your hand!" :-D


Tampa Report 5 Apr 2013 18:38

For years I've been using the very convenient method of following my direct line of ancestry in my tree by making the FORENAME in upper case. Others have noticed this feature in my tree and agreed that it is quite handy. However, for several weeks now this has been impossible on GR because the system no longer allows one to enter names in upper case!!!!

Most frustrating! I have complained to GR support but, as usual, they are aware of the problem and are working diligently on it but have no idea when it will be fixed . . . blah blah blah.

In their latest reply, they say that members of the support team are actually NOT ABLE to do anything about it but refer it to another team of technicians who do this sort of thing. That was quite a revelation.

Any thoughts about this?



InspectorGreenPen Report 5 Apr 2013 22:42

The ability to enter names in capitals might be handy but the lack of the facility is hardly a fault, so is unlikely to qualify as a fix.

Any solution would have to be automated, and it is not just a case of showing the ancestry for the home or root person in each tree, which as I have said, is already done on at least one commercial tree program. For it to be really useful to anyone else looking at your tree on GR it would have to show the connection to the person they are interested in too.

Whether of not GR would see this sort of development as attractive I'm not too sure.


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Apr 2013 00:34

Problem is that it seems that it would ahve to be a "one size fits all"

I, for one, do not want all caps on names on my tree, small though it is.

I'm probably not the only person who does not.

It seems be either / or

when what is needed is the option to have whichever one is wanted by each individual member!


Simon Report 6 Apr 2013 14:32

We should certainly have the option, if we want to use it, of entering text in UPPER CASE. We used to have it on the (good) old tree but it's been 'lost' in the building of the current tree, which means that most but not all of my (and my wife's) direct ancestors appear in upper case.

I've even pointed out to 'the team' which bit of HTML code needs to be changed to reinstate the option... but, as usual, nothing has happened yet, 3 months on.

It certainly doesn't have to be a 'one size fits all' Sylvia. That's what has been imposed on us now by the software automatically converting text entered as upper case into lower case.

I've also asked for the ability to use italics and bold fonts - which would be especially useful in the 'Notes' field, so one could enter the 'information' in regular font and the reference (often, in my case, a web url) in italics, which would make it all so much more readable.

Who knows, one day we might get a tree that's fit for purpose...


Robert Report 15 Apr 2013 12:08

Hi Simon, many thanks for your amusing reply. I just think that as the trees get bigger, it is very difficult to remember all of the direct ancestors, so a bit of help would be very useful. I started to put all my direct ancestors in capitals but some stay as capitals, but others go straight to lower case. All the best. R. Keith Brewer.


Mark Report 4 May 2013 07:14

The new and unnecessary policy of converting all my UPPER CASE names to lower case is deeply resented by me and is yet another reason for my increasing disillusionment with the Genes product.


CupCakes Report 4 May 2013 21:07

No, no, no - I hate capitals in my tree. However I do feel that members should have a choice :-0 :-0


GenealogyResearchAssistance Report 4 May 2013 21:23

I use capitals on my Ancestry tree for my direct line. It just makes it easier to see when in family view.

I started doing so when building a friend's tree and he was having difficulty following it unless in pedigree view but wanted to see siblings of his grandparents.


SylviaInCanada Report 4 May 2013 21:41

I don't bother doing anything on either my GR tree or ancestry one................... I leave them in cap initial letter and lower case for the remaining letters..

However, I do something different in the tree I maintain on my home computer ................. which is much much larger than either of the trees on GR or ancestry

I use one colour for direct lines, and another colour for all siblings.

However, I still use the cap initial format

I find the colour makes it easy to see a glance.

Whatever GR does, it HAS to be a choice by the user .........................

it is probable that just as many people want all Upper Case, as do not want it!

and there will be just as many complainers for and against.