I’m often asked, “Is there a way to make just part of my tree public? I don’t want to share all my photos, just some of them.” There is a way to control what you show and don’t show on your public tree without keeping a duplicate copy.
Here’s How: Last month I wrote about public versus private trees. And the comments we received were varied and gave us a whole range of viewpoints on rather you should go private or public. And again, there is no one right answer – just the answer that works best for you.
One reason some Ancestry.com members keep their trees private is that they don’t want to share absolutely everything in their online tree. But if you have one of the later versions of Family Tree Maker (FTM) that has our sync capability, you can choose which media items you want to keep private and and which ones you want to publish online and share with others.
If you have a picture in your tree that you don’t want to share with others, then mark it private in FTM and it won’t sync to your online tree. For example, I usually take screen shots of index only records so I have access to the information even when I’m not online. But I doubt anyone wants to attach one of them to a person in a tree. So how do I stop it from appearing? Double click on the icon on the right hand side of the list.
Then double click on the image or click on the Media Detail button on the right.
On the bottom right below Description, find the Private check box. Click it, then click OK.
You will now see the lock icon on the image.
Another option, is to click the media button to bring up all the images that you have for a person.
Click on an image and then on the lock icon, and your photo will be private. Next time you sync, that image will not appear in your online tree.
So if you use a version FTM that syncs and you want to share almost everything you’ve gathered, but you have a few items that you can’t bring yourself to make public, make them private and then sync away. Those images you’ve marked “Private” won’t show up in your public tree.