Help talk:Family Tree Explorer tutorial


Copying someone else's tree [9 December 2010]

When you copy someone else's tree, do you retain the name or rename the tree? --Beth 11:09, 24 June 2008 (EDT)


Hi Beth,

Dallan is deleting the capability to upload a 2nd GEDCOM into an existing tree. This is there are a host of problems and a lot of confusion involved. Problems such as the 2nd GEDCOM deleting everything in the 1st GEDCOM. We will, however, have an update function that will allow you to update your tree from an updated GEDCOM.

My suggestion is NOT to upload a 2nd GEDCOM into an existing tree.

I am a new admin, and hope to see you around. :D

--Taylor 12:38, 24 June 2008 (EDT)

Hi D, I am a new administrator also. Dallan stated that he may do away with the FTE as well. Not sure how that will work; I use the FTE frequently. I did not phrase my question correctly. I am referring to the section about adopting a tree for collaboration. I have done this before and I renamed the tree, but was I supposed to? Do you retain the name of the adopted tree or change the name? --Beth 13:15, 24 June 2008 (EDT)


How to Delete a Tree [17 December 2010]

How to delete a tree does not appear in the help text. My tree list on my user page is annoying. Some have no one in them. I'd like to delete the following trees:

  1. Convert to research guide
  2. Devoe
  3. Dupes to check
  4. Early Taylors of Massachusetts
  5. Manuscripts that need author

Thanks! Jillaine 11:08, 9 December 2010 (EST)

Select "Trees" from the "MyRelate" menu, then click "delete" next to each tree you want to delete.--Dallan 17:25, 12 December 2010 (EST)
Does this delete the contents of the tree, or just the tree's name? --Jennifer (JBS66) 17:33, 12 December 2010 (EST)
Jennifer, I'm pretty certain that it will delete the contents of the tree. I tested this out; one of the interim steps is checking the impact of the deletion of one's tree. So what I'm REALLY looking for is to delete the TREE without removing the content of the tree from the site. I have some trees on my main page that I no longer use, but that do have content in them. (And I also recently mistakenly uploaded a GEDCOM into an existing tree; I didn't catch that during the upload process.) Jillaine 15:08, 14 December 2010 (EST)
I misunderstood; yes, it will delete the contents of the tree. If you just want to delete the tree itself, without deleting the contents, let me know what trees you want to delete and I'll delete them for you. You'll still be watching the pages, but they won't be associated to the tree anymore.--Dallan 20:05, 17 December 2010 (EST)

Downplay GEDCOM upload [20 April 2011]

Love seeing that help text is getting updated. Nice work.

I do have a suggestion or at least a discussion topic.

I can't help but wonder if we should downplay the GEDCOM upload in this tutorial. The way it is currently written makes it look like a user could start working on their FTE right away, but as we know, there are a lot of hoops for a user to jump through between uploading the GEDCOM and having it installed.

You might want to edit out most of what is described here about GEDCOM and instead point people to the GEDCOM upload instructions, focusing instead here on using FTE manually.

My $.02

-- Jillaine 09:30, 20 April 2011 (EDT)


Good idea. I'll take of that.