May I add a possible request for the roadmap? This has been on my wish list for a long time, and I’ve never had a program do it well, so I don’t expect it to happen tomorrow, but it would be ah-mazing if it were possible:
I would love to have a “confidence” toggle attached to people, events, and sources, so that I could capture and easily find again information that is still hypothetical or that I have disproven and don’t need to reinvestigate without paging through research logs.
Examples of the cases in which I want this: 1) I have found 3 gravestones with the name of ancestor X from about the right time period, don’t yet know which one is his, but want to keep all 3 possibilities attached to him for further investigation WITHOUT incorporating their info into my chart. Similarly, when done, I would like to mark the other two as NOT my ancestor, so that I remember when they show up somewhere that I’ve already done this work 2) I have a census which shows an unexpected additional daughter. I think it’s likely that she’s an error, but I don’t want to lose that information in case corroborating evidence turns up elsewhere. At the same time, I don’t want someone else looking at my tree to cheerfully add her to their list, not knowing my reservations, and start propagating a mistake . I would love for her to somehow appear in the list with a question mark 3) In many online trees, my ggggf’s burial date is given as his death date. I’ve seen his death certificate and burial certificate, so I know it’s wrong and why, but I may not remember if I come across the erroneous date again later. I don’t want to waste time double-checking again, so I’d love to have an entry on his profile that says death NOT on Jan. 25 with an explanatory note
In my perfect world, this function would have the following qualities:
ability to assign sources, people, and facts a number from 4 or 5 (solid gold–a primary source with multiple congruent points) to 1 (proven to be false or unrelated), much the way the hints are ranked for degree of confidence now, but manually entered by user
ability to visually capture those rankings on the profile page, so that, for example, 1 was preceded by NOT or an X and 2 by a question mark. Or 1-2 are displayed in a separate section, or something like that.
ability to exclude items ranked 1 (false) and 2 (possible but unsupported) from appearing in chart but still see them on profile page. Might be a user setting or a universal one.
ability to attach a comment/note explaining the ranking, especially in the case of false material
big asks, but this is a major component of my personal fantasy genealogy program, so I thought I’d throw it out there.