Your SmartMatches has been delayed but will be returning to the returning to your site in the coming days.
A new mechanism for calculating Smart Matches is already in our developer's hands and is on the road map as part of Smart Matches improvements. This new mechanism will reduce the number of false positive matches you get. It's much more robust than our current system. I'm not making any promises about time frames for release of this new system - there is still a lot to understand about the scope of the project before we can define and promise a time - but I thought you would be interested to know it's in the works.
We are also looking at the possibility of allowing you to configure your matches to show only a certain percentage of quality. It means you will be able to say "I only want to see matches that are above 80%" and then you won't have to be bothered with all the other, lower quality matches. If we can add this feature relatively quickly we will.
Depending of what You want to do with Your family tree on Your PC:
Work with another genealogy software program on Your PC
Export GEDCOM from MH familysite (->Family Tree->Manage Trees->Export to GEDCOM)
Save it to a folder on Your PC (depending on Your tree settings, You can save it, or receive a download link per email)
import this GEDCOM file into Your PC software programm
Use it for documentation purposes
generate a chart/book (i.e. Family book: ->Family Tree->Charts & books->Family book)
Note: If You want to transfer Your family tree from Your PC genealogy program back to Your MyHeritage familysite, export the tree from Your program as a GEDCOM file and replace the familytree on MyHeritage. An automated way to synchronize with other PC software than the MH Family Tree Builder is not possible.
Note 2 (added a bit later): If Your are working with Smart Matches, You should know, if You upload a new version of Your familytree to MyHeritage (replace or add), the MyHeritage service must collect all possible Smart Matches again. So You receive a (possible) long list of Smart Matches again to accept/reject.
I'm considering getting the Premium feature, but have a question first: Is it possible to connect/subscribe to another persons family tree?
Let me explain. I have my tree and my cousin has her family tree. Through SmartMatch I've been able to update the details (on my tree) on my great-grandmother. However, my cousin has done VERY extensive research into that part of the family. Is there a way I can connect her entire tree (where it is relevant to my family) to my family tree? Alternatively, can I view her tree and manually add family members?
What you will need to do is to contact her and have her give you a GEDCOM file of the family tree that you will then be able to import into your FTB software and either create a new tree with this file or merge this into your existing family tree.
Should you need more information about GEDCOM files then you can visit our HELP section which you will find at the bottom of the page and then got directly to the Family Tree Builder section and here you will find a number of topics including the "How do I merge two family trees" .
I had exactly the same situation and handled it differently. One reason being that I am a bit timid with new computer situations; I have never used GEDCOM. I joined my cousin's tree (one reason being that I then had access to details of family who would be 'private' to non members, which was reasonable because most of them are the same relations to me as to her). And she joined my tree too.
Then I simply built up my tree using SmartMatches. The great majority at first were between me and her, but as the tree grew I matched with other relations. It must have been a lot slower, but I checked each possible detail and found discrepancies too. So probably GEDCOM is best ...
Jag tror man måste vara betalande medlem för att kunna kontakta andra medlemmar. Som Basic medlem (icke betalande) får man Smart Matches men man kan inte göra något med dom. Allt för att locka dig att bli betalande medlem.
Here is a Swedish instruction about how to invite family members:
Om du vill bjuda in personer till att bli medlemmar på din släktplats så klickar du bara på länken “Bjud in fler släktingar” under fliken Hem på din släktplats. Detta alternativ är också möjligt att nå under länken “Släktmedlemmar”.
Där ser du en lista med personer i ditt släktträd som hittills inte blivit inbjudna till din släktplats.
Om du rullar ned till nederkanten av sidan så ser du en möjlighet att bjuda in släkt som ännu inte inbjudits till din släktplats.
Du kan bjuda in medlemmar manuellt genom att klicka på ‘Bjud in andra personer manuellt’ eller direkt via ditt e-postkonto i Outlook, Yahoo, AOL etc. genom att klicka på ‘Bjud in från din adressbok’.
Ange bara vilka personer du vill bjuda in och klicka på Bjud in. De inbjudna får en inbjudan med inloggningsinformation och en länk för att nå din släktplats.
You can invite family members also as basic member.
If you still have problems to invite family members please write an email to email@example.com
I'm confused about first names say for instance Ole and Olof or Olaf; Hulda or Hilda and Isabella or Isabell...It seems as though they were using both names in these examples. It was back in the 1700-1800's and I don't know if names were used as say a nick name or if it would be totally different. It was back in the 1800's and before. I see several sources for Ole and Olof that appear to be the same person but....same with Hilda and Hulda or Isabella and Isabell.
Sur names have me nuts... those I'll work on yet before I scream for help. Does anyone have any input on my example above. I'm really lost being you've been around the Genealogy block a time or two I'd like to hear your input.
Anders gave you an excellent set of examples. He could have also added that many folks lacked an education and sometimes their names were spelled the way they sounded (phonically). I have found about 18 different spellings of our surname, and it's a simple name with just two syllables. I'm afraid you'll just have to muddle through it all along with the rest of us, but it does get a little easier as you become a better researcher. Good luck and happy hunting! Charles Herndon, Austin, TX
"many folks lacked an education and sometimes their names were spelled the way they sounded (phonically). I have found about 18 different spellings of our surname"
The same happened in my wife's father's family. The patriarch came from Switzerland, and being of Italian race and no doubt illiterate and with a heavy accent, his children were registered with five variations of his surname, a later generation with two more. The original family were traced by way of birth certificates etcetera; the clue being that no matter the spelling of the father's (and so the child's) name, they always had the same mother.
I'm so grateful for the replies I've gotten, it has helped me a great deal and I am learning to expect anything. I think what I had forgottten as example: I may be considered illieterate today but would have been considered educated back 100 years ago.
The variations and spellings threw me on the surnames a bit; but I so understand now. But I was thrown off the horse (so to speak) when I found so many varitions in first names. I am surprised often and wish I had started this years ago.
Thank you I'm so new at this and don't seem to have much of a clue as to what I got mself into. But I'm thinking I've a job,, maybe even a job and a half. I really appreciate your answer, it was really helpful.
I think you are talking about scandinavian persons. Often their names was writen down in the birth book as the priest found it appropiate. The names Kristina, Christina, Stina, Kerstin may have been used for the same person in different times and different priests. The same with the names Katarina, Catharina, Karin, Kajsa. So it can be very confusing when looking in the church books and follow a family where the names are changing.
When it comes to surnames it is not that confusing when you know the rules. At the time, at least in Sweden, the surname came from the name of the father and then son or dotter is added for the children. So you allways know what the fathers name was. Of course the names of the father can also vary in time Jonas/Jon, Påvel/Pål/Paul and so on and that gives also the variations in surname over time. This naming convention ended in the late 1800s and the surname started to be inherited from father to children and the wife started to take the husbands surname. Before, the wifes used their maiden surnames their whloe life.
Also, It was posible to change surname and this was particular common for soldiers that took or was given by the officers a short surname that often caracterized thier person like "Strong" or a name that came from the place where they lived like Ljungman because he came from Ljung. This was also practiced for people in towns where many people lived close together with similar names and they changed their names to be easily separated and maybe wanted to separate them selfs from thier pesant background.
Thank you Anders for yoru response to my question, and yes I was referring to Scandinavin names. I meant to add that little bit of important information but forgot.
I never would have realized that women didn't take on the mans sur name until the late 1800's. I understiood the dotter and son part with one s and sometimes with ss. It sounds as though I have much to, hmmmm maybe someday maybe my husband would think that would be a god excuse to eventually visit Sweden. What a dream that would be.
Okay now seriousl Thank you for the information you provided.
Does anyone have this problem, when I search, entering name and surname, place of residence and death, I would like to only get hits from that area. E.g I want to only see South African records! But it includes millions of US records that I don't want to see!