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How can I see all the people?

+1 vote
Let's just say my family line is pretty complicated, and my grandmother was engaged to this guy, but he died so she married my grandpa, but when I press on my mom, I can't see her first husbands parents and relationships anymore, is it possible to show the whole family line? If not, it should be, cause it's kind of annoying.
asked Jun 16 by JamieTheButterfly (130 points)

2 Answers

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Doing some experimenting, I found the following:
When selecting myself:
I can see myself + spouse & our children
I can see each of my siblings + spouses & their children
I can see both of my parents, each of their siblings + spouses (my aunts & uncles) & their children (my first cousins) and grandchildren (my first cousins once removed)
However, I don't see my spouse's parents or siblings.  Also, going back beyond my parents, I can only see direct ancestors: my mother's & father's parents (my grandparents), but none of their siblings (great aunts & uncles).  Same for their parents and so on; only direct ancestors.

When selecting my father's father (my grandfather):
I can see all of his direct descendants (sons & daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) and each of their spouses, but none of the spouses' ancestors, e.g. not my mother's parents or her siblings, nor my siblings' spouses' parents or siblings.
I can see his (my grandfather's) siblings and each of their descendants and their spouses, but again no additional family for the spouses.

So the rule seems to be that you can see the selected person's immediate family, including parents/aunts/uncles/cousins, and their spouses, and that person's direct ancestors, but nothing more of the spouses (parents or siblings) or siblings of grandparents or beyond.

If you are trying to get a "complete" family tree beyond 2 generations, the Family Echo GUI doesn't appear to provide a means to do that.  And realistically, such a diagram would quickly become unwieldy.
answered Jun 19 by mikeb00 (3,050 points)
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It's very possible that you won't be able to see/print  everyone at once on a large or complicated family tree. You will always be able to see the direct descendants and ancestors of the person that you click on, but large family trees can get very horizontal quickly if everyone is shown.

Having said that, you can maximize the number of people that you see by changing some of the options. Click on "Show options" at the bottom of the screen, and change Parents,  Children, and Others to the max. You might have to click on different people to see which person gives you the widest coverage.

For instance, if your tree is primarily all of the descendents of someone, click on that person. If it primarily all of the ancestors of someone, click on that person. For a more varied family tree, you'll have to experiment.

If you would like a temporary work around, you could create a child of your grandmother and her first fiance.  Clicking on this child would show you both lines. You might do that if you wanted to create an image that you would then edit in a graphics program to remove the imaginary child.

You can use the Send Feedback button at the bottom of the screen to request an option that displays more than blood relatives at a time.
answered Jun 22 by lsommerer (15,990 points)
How do I print both parents ancestors