Dean, thank you for your response. It has been over a month now, since I've been able to make any updates to family tree and now have hundreds of emails that I have been unable to respond to, because of this situation.
It would seem that someone at MyHeritage would be more proactive and and communicate with me about this situation. I have asked for the encrytption and file layout of the FTL file, and was told that MyHeritage does not know that information, yet your program reads directly from the FTL file. If I had that information, then I could convert the data myself.
Or why wouldn't your QA department take advantage of my expertise, since nobody there has veen able to correct the problems in your software, and allow me to take a look at your source code, so that I could point them in the right direction to fix the problems. After all, you shouldn't have to wait 24 hours for a program to partially read an input file and then crash. It should only take a tiny fraction of that time for the entire conversion to complete.
It used to be that Privacy Settings allowed the site manager to tailor what guests could see. So a site manager could allow guests to see the front page of a Private Site, but not the contents.
Not any more. Now if the site is private, nothing is visible until members log in. So if you have a Private Site it can't be found by at all by guests.
Choosing the followiing will not display the front page of a site to guests even if they know the URL to the site.
√ Allow guests to find my site (recommended)
√ Allow guests to request membership in my site
So these two options seem to be useless. Guest can't even see the site, let alone request membership.
On the other hand, choosing the following will give guest full access to the site and all photo albums and files. Even though on the "Content" tab none of my albums are selected for "searching" they are all visible to guests if I choose the option below. The only thing "limited is living members are not visible.
√ Allow guests to view limited information in my site
The four options that used to exist under this setting seem to have been removed. So it is no longer possilbe to limit access to "Family Tree" or "Photos" or "Events" or "Members List". Choosing the above option makes all four of these available to guests - the site is fully public. Not choosing the above option hides the site from everyone - including guests. There is no in between.
In my opinion these changes are a hugh step backwards and really spoil the myHeritage site.
Are you aware that unless you disallow smart matches MyHeritage,even though your tree is Private,will take info from it and offer this info to other trees as a Dicovery.
The Discovery starts with a smart match between two trees,surely should one or other of the tree owners wish more info they can contact the tree owner in question.In this way privacy is not abused and the tree owner retains his or her contol over that which, Dean.P of MyHeritage assures me, is his or hers to manage.
Thanks Winifred, yes I am aware of the need to disable Smart matching.
Recent changes to the online software seem to have been a bit of a move against people who want private family sites. I personally hope MH doesn't keep moving in that direction.
Smart matching, in my opinion, perpetuates one of the big proplems with online genealogy sites like MH and Ancestry. That problem starts when one person publishes unresearch and incorrect information. Then several people copy that information. Then others believing the "weight of numbers" think it must be right and so the copying continues. MH Smart Matching then buys in to this volume of information - ignoring the lack of research - and perpetuates the problem. MH is now dogged by this hugh volume of incorrect and inaccurate information that is based on absolutely no research of any worth and not supported by any source records.
Smart matching could be improved a lot by giving a positive weight to matches with source records and a negative weight to those with no source records.
Thanks for the message.No serious genealogist ,amateur or professional, would accept thses so called "Discoveries"at face value.This Discovery Hub ressembles Ancestry Hints.
I now pay a premium plus subscription just for keeping my tree here on MyHeritage .Dean.,a member of the team assures me that my tree is mine and mine alone to manage so why then do they believe that they can abuse my privacy by dipping into my tree,taking my info,and adding it to other trees without my knowledge or permission.Surprise surprise within a couple of days I have Smart Matches showing all my own well researched info.I do enjoy helping others but it should be my choice as to whom I give or withold info from my "Private"tree.
Through discoveries I have found other family tree sites that link into mine through a 2nd grandma for example. I would like to be able to export their tree from the most recent generation back to the link in my tree. Is that at all possible? I havent found out how to download the GEDCOM from their tree yet without emailing and asking them to download and email it to me.
I have also noticed that when extracting information it does not import the photos. Is there a way to make that happen. As it currently stands I go to their page, download the pic, then upload it into my contact.
I think that you will have to add the other tree in stages as 'Discoveries' finds the matches, also out of courtesy I would ask to join the other site so that you can see all the information, and exchange ideas.
'Smart matches' will then find the other site and from each match you can import the appropriate pictures.
I have tried to contact support twice because my Request Membership and Contact Site Manager links do not work on my website. Both times I have used the Help/Support representative link and the e-mails have come back as undeliverable. How are you suppose to contact support when the links don't work?
Is your site private? With the latest changes, casual visitors can't even see your private site until they log on to myHeritage. So the only "guests" private sites will have are people who already have a myHeritage account. And they will only find the site if they already know the URL.
If you have a link in your social media page invitiing non-myHeritage guests to drop by your web page and read the front page comments, and maybe leave a comment or request access, it would work anymore. Those people won't even see your front page anymore.
Obviously myHeritage didn't want the free advertising.
I'm beginner on my heritage. And I would like to know how can I share the tree to others with and without give the access to edit the tree. Second, what is the difference among free, premium, and plus account. And how much price charged to each account.
Through "discoveries" I have gotten hundreds of distant ancestors added to my tree. The problem is that most of these aren't my own ancestors, only their siblings and their children. I don't want an endlessly sprawling tree with new matches for my indirect ancestors. How can I avoid indirect ancestors added, or delete them quickly? (The normal way of deleting individuals would take forever in this case)
There is not a way to 'avoid' which type of relative you can receive an Instant Discovery about.
However, you can simply ignore that Instant Discovery, if you are not interested in it. When you receive a Discovery, you can always review to which person on your tree those discoveries are and each relative is presented according to the person's point of view. For instance, if you receive an Instant Discovery to "John", it will show you the new people that can be added and the relation of those people to John - 'his uncle', 'his father', etc.
If it seems irrelevant to you, just reject the Instant Discovery by clicking on "Reject" on the bottom of the page by the "Add to tree" button.
You must inform yourself first of the linguistic and cultural practices of the person's culture of origin. For example, rocket builder Werner should be entered with a last name of "Von Braun"; but composer Ludwig with a last name of "Beethoven".