Highlight Direct-Line Family Descendants
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
JNO said: Is there any way Family Search can highlight in a specific color, maybe green (or another color that isn't used), the names of direct descendants on my family line. The problem I have is that when I go back a few generations I would like to easily identify the direct descendants on my line, especially in the middle of a list of 10 children. When a family has 10 kids, and they had 10 kids, etc. sometimes I get lost in all the names and it takes me a while to find my direct ancestors. It would be a nice visual to see which is my direct family line, as opposed to a cousin, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, etc. Or if you can't highlight a name, maybe put an arrow or star or something to identify direct descendants. Just a thought.
Tom Huber said: Welcome to the community support forum for FamilySearch. FamilySearch personnel read every discussion thread and may or may not respond as their time permits. We patrons, having various levels of knowledge and experience do our best to help each other with concerns, issues. and/or questions.
FamilySearch FamilyTree is a single tree that is designed to cover the entire family of mankind, as far as can be discovered using the "paper trail" (original source documentation). Family Tree is not a series of separate trees that are somehow hooked together, but is an open-edit collaborative tree. Currently, there are over 1.18 Billion person records in the massive tree.
There are third-party tool that can provide you with the means to download all of your ancestors and their descendants to your local computer. At the present time, the tool is the pedigree chart, which allows you do see and expand your direct-line ancestors, starting with yourself.0
JT said: Great idea JNO. I"ve been wanting to ask for the same thing.
Seems like the Family Tree program knows my relationships because of the "View My Relationship" button. So I wouldn't think this feature would slow the system down that much while displaying a family (either in Landscape or Person pages), compared to the usefulness of such a feature. (Any several millisecond slow-down would be worth it. It seems to be slow enough to have time to handle such a feature already.)0
joe martel said: JNO, your request is frequently asked for by other Patrons. I get lost too and wish I had a clearer path to me. The "View My Relationship" viewer does this and would accomplish this intent. However being able to see that in the tree, and Person view highlighting that path is a great idea. THanks.0
Kelly Sexton said: I tend to go off on tangents. As I find information about an "aunt", "uncle", "cousin", I will enter the info rather than skip over it. This can lead to more discoveries, and so on. By the time I am finished, I have to hunt down the original direct line that started the whole tangent, lol. If this couldn't be done automatically, if we had the opportunity to "mark" it somehow as a direct line, that would help!!!0