I currently have a PremiumPlus subscription and am trying to determine whether it is worth paying the extra A$120 for SuperSearch. When I click on the Research tab and enter some of my family names I get nil results although I have my tree on MH and know that numerous records exist. I can see many other records but not my own. Am I doing something wrong or expecting too much?
Forgive me, I am thinking with my typing finger...
Probably expecting too much; at this stage in the development of your family tree.
I looked at your site, and to me it seems:
that some of the names are a bit uncommon so would not be as easily found in a database;
the tree is small (there are not that many names), and many of the 'names' are "private" so for the purpose of connecting them with others from a database may not exist at all (though if the names are in your tree that may not apply); and a lot of the people come from Ireland so there may be less data available??
You are asking a lot of any 'people matching' system. For the moment.
So, what to do? If it were me I would probably stick with the PremiumPlus for a time, until you get a few more in your tree (and therefore the SuperSearch has more of a chance to be effective -- and cost-effective). Though it is not clear whether you already have SuperSearch; if so stick with it for the subscription period and by the end of that you will probably find it becoming very useful.
Look at the "private" people; do you really wish them to be un-named? All of them? If so, no problem but think about it...
Make sure you regularly check SmartMatches to see if you find new family. And as the tree grows it will grow faster.
Okay. For me SuperSearch is great. I joined it a few months ago and get heaps of information about family members and new people for the tree. Before that the system was developing and frankly not worth the cost.
I will check with you about whether some in your tree may be related to my wife...
I haven't changed any settings to make some names 'private', just accepted the default where details of living people are suppressed. Yes, the tree is only a couple of months old but there are 827 people in it and I would have thought that would be an adequate start. I get flooded with Smart Matches. Also I think that the names are pretty common in most cases, mostly of English origin. There is some Irish ancestry but in the minority. I haven't been able to do a search (to test the system) to find my own grandparents and they have very English names.
For the time being I'll stick with my present subscription as you suggest. I forgot to do the exchange rate correction for SuperSearch so it is actually about A$160.
I started my tree using SmartMatch but I was lucky to have a cousin in MH who had a large tree of my close relations. In fact that is why I joined. I could have got a gedcom tree from her but was a bit put off by the idea of the new (to me) system...
If you do not use Family Tree Builder you may find its Merge function in SmartMatches especially useful for adding the relations of family members in the Matches, and new details of people already in your tree. Although I use the online tree for matches and as an index
( click on Family tree/Smart Matches; choose the particular tree in the top right of the new screen, click on People, Last Name, and the number of the match I am up to, from a handwritten list)
I use FTB and Merge where I can see there are a few new family members. (I have FTB on my second screen, that is magic).
Have fun, it takes a while to get it rolling but after that there are hundreds of SmartMatches still unattended to...
My wife has a different surname from me, and I have registered her with the correct surname, but never the less she is mentioned in recordmatches with my surname instead of her own, how can I correct this????
When I research a specific person, I see Family Search Family Tree as a result, but when I look at the actual records and details I don't always see a source listed. Is this being offered as a reliable source by MyHertiage? Can we rely on this as a reliable source?
The FamilySearch Family Trees are trees built by FamilySearch users.
When you look a the record itself, you can always see on the left side of the page the name of the collection where that record comes from. And on the bottom of the record information, you have a link for the FamilySearch website as well.
Important to note that the information is received by us, from different sources, but we reformatt it with the 'looks' of MyHeritage. Therefore, you always see the records results in a similar design, that is the MyHeritage design.
Moreover, when you save and extract that info to your tree, it will appear both on the Records section on the top part of the person's profile as well as on the source citations the information that that record comes from the FamilySearch collection.
I guess I was really asking about the reliability of the information given by family search trees since they do not alway have a source listed. After looking at more of them, I think it really falls into the same category of reliiability of trees posted by other individuals - you just have to see if they are sourced and if the source given is reliable.
Oh, yes, of course. The FamilySearch trees are created by users. It is different from FamilySearch collections of records.
The trees created by their users fall into the same category - as you said - of trees created by MyHeritage users. You can't be 100% sure always about the veracity and reliability of the information added by a user that you don't know and/or trust in his/her work.
ie a Record match would be a birth, marriage, or death record. Matching someone in another tree is NOT a record match. There really aren't many record to match on Myheritage, that's why Smart Match, and Tree Profiles counted as records in record match. You basically have to subscribe to Ancestry.com too, if you want access to a record.