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New Tree Format

Thank you for the collation of so much information BUT am I the only one who has real difficulty with the new tree layout? The previous version was so much easier to read whole families available in compact boxes which could be extended as required person by person. This new one spreads it out so far that it is far too difficult to keep the relevant information on one screen. Sorry to be negative but I don't think I will be able to use this format. Kind regards
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  • If you really want a more compact tree, just go to Options and unclick marriage information. Everything will shrink down. Of course, you may want the marriage information to show, easy to re-click
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  • Which version of tree are you looking at? The landscape pedigree? The descendancy pedigree? Probably not the fan chart. Can you post a screen shot and point out what has changed? I haven't noticed any recent changes in any of the views.
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  • She might be using a desktop computer and want all the information on one page, like it was before September of last year.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I am a new user and about to delete my account. The Family Tree feature is overly difficult to use. My Family Tree displayed all wrong...with me coming before ancestors! A simple fix SHOULD be to use the cursor to re-arramge the blocks into the proper order. But no, cannot be done. In response to my question regarding deleting my Family Tree and starting over I received this response: "FamilySearch.org does not provide an option to delete your family tree to start over." And there does not seem to be an easy way to correct it. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. What a mess.
    • FamilySearch's Family Tree is a single, communal, open-edit tree. This means there is no "your tree" to speak of. The only part that's unique to you are any living people you enter (including yourself). That's why there's no option to delete and start over.
    • Re-arrange blocks in a pedigree to edit relationships? Sounds interesting. I've never seen a genealogy program capable of that. I suspect it would take a lot of very complex programming to enable a purely graphical interface to do that.

      As far as deleting individuals and starting over, you can delete anyone that you have have entered, whether living or deceased, that no one else has ever edited. This will always be true for living people, but as soon as you set a person as deceased, that profile is open for the entire world to work on. If someone else does, you can only correct, not delete, an individual from then on.

      In order to delete an individual, just use the Delete link under tools in the right hand column of that person's detail page.

      Yes, Family Tree is complex because our families are complex and Family Tree has to deal with us. Most functions, however, are quite straight forward when you take the time to get to know the program. A good place to do this is through The Family History Guide at https://www.thefhguide.com

      For example, to fix the one problem that you mentioned, in which apparently you entered yourself as your parent's parent rather than their child, you simply go to your detail page, click the relationship edit icon, delete incorrect relationships, then add people back in, using their ID numbers, as children, spouses, and parents as appropriate. Or did you mean something else in saying you "coming before your ancestors"?
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