Is there any way to (temporarily) block sources of record matches ?
I find a lot of matches to Geni World Tree and Wikitree, and, to be blunt, do not trust either - I have found incorrect data in both (not MH's fault of course - the fault lies with whoever uploaded the wrong information in the first place). For example years of birth or death (that I have confirmed by looking at government BDM websites or have personal knowledge of) don't match those on those sites. I have found little information on those sites not already in my tree.
What I'd like is a list of all sources, with checkboxes about whether to include them in the record match display - that is, I'd like to "ignore" matches to the two sources named, and just look at others, for the time being.
My question is also about blocking and it is a really major issue. Matching my heritage records to wikitree records for which i am the source is useless. i want to block listing people for which i am the "OWNER" or contributor.
Using record matches is great, but I'm getting annoyed when I find matches for a whole family listed. For example, in my tree, there's several families of parents and around 12 children - 14 to a family. Record matches finds matches for all 14 people with, for example, a relative's tree on Geniworld tree.
I accept the first match and wait while the page loads matched information for all 14 people (took about a minute). I go through and copy the bits of information I want for all 14 people.
Now I still have the other 13 matched people to look at - but there is no option to just accept the match without then havuing to wait the minute for the page to download - really annoying to have to waste that much time and download space for no additional benefit. And don't say that there might be other information - there wasn't and isn't.
It would be really great to have, as well as the reject and accept/extract information options, a third one for "accept but don't go to the extract page". This would also get around the problem with wasting time when there are duplicate or triplicate records, which is frequent with the English birth/death/marriage records.
Depends what you're looking for - I've found heaps of birth and marriage records from the UK (where many of my ancestors are from), and lots of census records for families which have identified further children, occupations, and addresses that I did not know about. These census records seem to date every 10 years from 1841 to 1911, although I get some matches from much earlier church records. I get a few incorrect matches from the USA census and newspapers, and I get the occasional death or marriage record from Australia where many in my tree originate. I have ancestors from Prussia, which seems to be a black hole of records before WW2/WW1 and so far no luck matching them, but still have hundreds to check. The BDM records from the UK have supplied me with exact dates of birth and/or christening (and better locations) for hundreds of ancestors for whom I only had the year of birth calculated from headstone information (i.e. "1856-1902", or "Died 2 Oct 1920, aged 57").
Every now and then an interesting record pops up - I recently got a match to an immigration passenger list with details about a family, date of sailing, date of arrival into Moreton Bay, name of boat, etc.
Altogether it's a fantastic resource if you have ancestors from UK or USA, it's OK if they're from Australia, but don't know about Europe or the rest of the world - it might just be that no-one in my tree gets matches (only have a few people from other countries, and as mentioned, German records disappeared in the wars).
Prehaps instead of coping all the Records from Find a Grave and making them searchible in a "myheritage" publisher collection. You could provide an opportunity to link to the web Record, like you do in the profile on the info tab web links.
Allow the user to name it and add it as a source. You could do this with Find a Grave, and things like the DAR Genealogical Research Databases which also states " The databases contain DAR proprietary information which should under no circumstances be redistributed to others; assembled or collected for purposes other than DAR membership or for citation in genealogical scholarship; or reproduced, published or posted in any form whatsoever."
Under both situations you can't redistribute it, but you could allow a namible links section to assemble this information about a person in their profile.
You could also allow these links in the Bio Section.
Unfortunately the reason that the 'Find a Grave' collection has been removed from our website
is due to the fact that Ancestry.com have recently acquired the company 'Find a Grave'.
As a result of this we have been legally forced to remove the collection from our data base even though the collection is free and created by the genealogy community for the genealogy community.
Therefore we have replaced 'Find a Grave' with a different data base supplied by 'Billion Graves'.
'Billion Graves' has an extremely rich data base of over 7 million records full of photos of grave sites along with transcriptions and can provide the user with an added wealth of information to enrich their family tree and is continually growing on a daily basis.
'Billion Graves' works in the same way as 'Find a Grave' in that its users voluntarily capture these images and upload them for the genealogical community to enjoy.
This collection can be accessed via the MyHeritage SuperSearch and is of course Free.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you by the removal and we hope that you find Billion Graves a worthy replacement.
Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.
I also am very disappointed that this will not be easily accessible. If I'm understanding correctly (I haven't checked my tree yet), Information has been removed from our trees that we have already confirmed from FindAGrave? If that's true, then that really stinks and does not make sense. They shouldn't be able to go retro like that for a service that was being used before they bought it.
I guess I will have to work harder to get my FindAGrave information directly from the site but I'm not happy about it at all. Like others have mentioned, I had over 700 matches to still look at and confirm. I had 5 on BillionGraves. Huge disparity and I don't find information like the notes I'd find on FindAGrave.
We understand your complaints. However as stated above we were legally forced to take off the Find a Grave collection from our website.
We offered the Find a Grave collection for free at MyHeritage, as this collection was created on a voluntary basis and therefore should be free to access for the Genealogy community. Ancestry now decided to buy Find a Grave and we were forced to remove the collection from our website. Therefore we no longer could offer the Find a Grave collection for free on MyHeritage, this also includes records, that were already saved by you in the past. Since Ancestry now is the owner of this collection, we are legally bound to remove the collection and every record of it from our website.
We now offer you to use our Billion Graves collection for free, as Billion Graves is built on the same idea: Volunteers take pictures of graves and upload them for the community. If you would like to help increase this collection, you are more than welcome to volunteer and participate taking pictures of graves using the BillionGraves app.
We apologize for the inconvenience this causes for you. As stated above, removing Find a Grave was not our intention and not our decision.
What 'disappears' is the Record Match link to the those Find-A-Grave records.
If you, however, copied the data from the record and also attached the photo to your tree directly, then you will still have it. It will not disappear.
So, for instance, if you copied all the birth and death dates from Find-A-Grave records to the person's card in your family tree, that will be maintained, independently if you have the Family Tree Builder software (the PC version) or the MyHeritage website.
And another thing: MyHeritage removed thousands of source citations from my family trees, with no prior notice - they just went away. It would have been nice to have received prior notice that a change was coming.
Unfortunately, Billion Graves is seriously lacking information that findagrave provides, and is far, far inferior to findagrave. It normally is not worth my while to even look at the Billion Graves records. This could effect any decisions on whether or not to continue with MyHeritage.
I have to agree with Randy the loss of Find A Grave is real blow, Billion Graves does not come close in all my research. You need to come up with a better way to compensate your user; this was tool I frequently use. It is still online however if Ancestry changes that you may lose more members.