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Dang it.

I just started to use this site because I do not like Ancestry, but, as I started to enter my family, I found there was no way to label my ex-daughter-in-law, who is the mother of my grandson, as divorced. Why can't there be a genealogy website that does not have problems!!!!!!!And now you are making me jump thru hoops to post my gripe .....maybe this is not a good web site after all.
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  • Where are you seeing this?. I just went on to the FamilySearch FamilyTree, chose a random ancestor, went onto their "details" page, clicked on their marriage and saw a button "add event". One of the events I could have added was a divorce. Unfortunately I believe it is no longer possible to attach photos on this forum so I can't post a screenshot.
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  • Just a quick suggestion— The Family History Guide is a good resource for learning how to use this a other sites. https://www.thefhguide.com/
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    You can still upload pictures on here... You can add a divorce just like a marriage but just change the drop down menu to divorce instead of marriage.
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    You CAN actually show what you want but FS doesn't have a great track record using intuitive labeling of things on web pages so that you can find them easily. See:

    https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...

    Also, If you have just started using this site, PLEASE BE AWARE that the person records for deceased individuals are not handled in any way similar to Ancestry! It is a single family tree that is accessible and modifiable by ANYONE. Although you have total control over all of the living relatives in your tree (for privacy purposes), you DO NOT have that same control over records for your deceased.

    There are good reasons that this model (i.e., shared access for everyone) has been setup by the church, but most new people coming onto this site miss the documentation identifying this fact. They are then dismayed when they enter record data and discover that other patrons can come in and modify it afterwards.
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  • Jeff, I am so glad to see that you reminded Sara about the family tree. Many people are not fully cognizant of this fact when they start adding their family to it and then get upset later when people edit it.
    • Yea. There are only 2 or 3 recurring misconceptions that continue to come up regularly in the system that cause great frustration to many people. This is one of them (the GEDCOM file compare tool is another).

      In all these cases, an almost total mitigation of the problem could be easily achieved with very minor engineering effort by adding a terse, carefully worded notice in a strategic position in the FS website where no-one could avoid missing the message. This would eliminate a tremendous amount of frustration now and in the future for many people.

      This has been advocated here in the forum for a while but it still does not seem to have any priority with FS so far.
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