I can't find anywhere else to post a question about the newly released volunteer-keyboarded 1940 census records, so I'll try here and if I've guessed wrong on the place, please tell me where else to ask my question.
I have found some typos (due to difficult handwriting in the originals) in the keyboarded records of my relatives in the 1940 census records posted on MyHeritage.com. How do I notify someone so the spelling error is corrected?
Welcome to the club, I've found out a number of things you can do to get a record match. You have to add a different name. I ran into this with the name Phairas, on separate documents it is spelled Ferris, Paris, Pharis, add the first name spelling differences; Ceaphus, Ceaphaus, Cephus multiply the first name by the last name and then by itself (3), so square it, and enter 27 different names the person is recorded under, and you just might get one record match.
The much more simple way to handle problems in spelling is;
1. Go to the profile
2. Hit the [research this person tab]
3. Associate all the Crappy records miss spelled and especially on census guesstimated on dates of birth assign them to the individual. Extract information if it is correct and have the arrows going back the other way to send a correction for consideration. I Mean let's face it the social security death record is pretty accurate, but if you do that one first and cite it with exact dates and extract the information to update the profile the matches to the census or find a grave go away. And the only way to get them back as matches is to remove cited, and extracted information. Cite the other records and put back in the "HARD" social security death record.
4. It's stupid.
5. An it reveals exactly what a computer isn't, intelligent. There is no way for a computer to learn to be intelligent, they just do what they are programed to do. Stupid in Stupid out. That's why you need to assign these matches and send the information back to the computer for correction, or at least consideration of a correction as that creates other issues. But in doing so 90% if not more of these issues would be solved in days, by the people who knew the people, as an AKA so to speak at least on the record. [Ancesrty does this]
No, we are dealing with people who interviewed people who didn't ask them the proper spelling of what they were writing down, didn't know who the people were, and then years later people who took those records in good faith, trying to figure out what was written down in hand (by somebody that had already made errors years ago) and typed what they could read into a Computer database as best they could on what they saw on that paper, and that has proved to be a recipe for Chaos, if left to a computer to sort it all out like the blind record match system.
Or as they use to say back in my day, Garbage in, Garbage out. It's so true and that's why the results aren't there, it's being left to a clueless machine to make sense out of compounded incorrect records produced by humans. If you think that is going to happen, stop going to work, sit on the couch, watch TV and let your computer bring home the Bacon. Heck, just retire, and let the computer take care of it. Plug it in the wall, and just let'r rip, you're all set. And for that matter after you retire, instead of watching commercials on TV have your computer show YOU, how much it found out about YOUR family while you were chomping on some Chips and drinking a Coke. Divorce your Wife, and sell you kids, the computer age is upon us.
Whoever thought up this thing should be taken out to the back 40, and planted.
In defense of all the "Genealogy Sites", you should be able to enter your name, and a tree appears all sourced and cited back to the time, your ancestors use to crap outside of a cave in the bushes near the stream, (and if it was black or brown), but then they would be out of business, wouldn't they? So even though, I'm pushing that, there's money in Chaos.
Only one thing left to be said; Forrest Gump; "Stupid is as stupid does." or simply put; "the harder it is the longer it takes, the longer it takes, the more money they make."
Forresrdt Grumpus "Stuxcid as are is stupid does, "
And that's the point.
You, can figure this out, but a computer never will, the Sun will go red giant and the earth will be consumed, the computer will never figure that out, it's brainless.
I have been a member of MyHeritage for over three weeks and my Record Matches function is still not working at all. I have corresponded with a couple of support people with no results. So far My Heritage is pretty much a complete bust for me.
I uploaded my tree in the past and the records matching started right away but I had to remove it and put a replacement up. It has been a week now and there is no record matching. Why is this? Is this a bug or does this just happen from time to time and when will it start matching?
I downloaded V7 and found SuperSearch was not working correctly. So I shut everything down and reloaded V7 but my problem remained. When I use SuperSearch and I have a successful "hit" - birth, death etc in UK records I am unable to open the result/hit and receive the message "Oops an error has occured retry, try again later etc." I have tried numerous times without success. I did not have the problem with the old version. Can someone please help?
Elixabeth Corbett wrote, "I downloaded V7 and found SuperSearch was not working correctly."
Does that mean that before she downloaced V7, it WAS working correctly?
I haven't downloaded V7 and StupidSearch is not working correctly (though it's getting a little better)
Sorry, Elizabeth, can't help you.
The support people are paid to deal with these issues and are supposedly sent an email alert whenever anybody posts on the forum. I am wondering why a member who checks into the forum at random, once a day, can respond to a three-hour old post sooner than the paid staff. Just curious.
Tony, the earlier version did work. I have become frustrated with V7. I have tried another option and will try the Latter Day Saints one too. However I have not given up on WH totally yet. Hope it does work for you, cheers Liz
In simple terms, there is no way to assign a match, unless the guy without eyes and a magnifying glass, (think about that, so true) glass finds one. That guy without eyes actually happens to be a computer searching an inaccurate database for a perfect match.
One he'd never find even after the Sun consumes the Earth as it goes Red Giant 4 billion years from now.
Computers can be helpful, but one thing they are not, and that is intelligent.
That day is a long, long ways off.
Garbage in, garbage out. Until a computer learns to think an reason, they can't do nothing that they aren't programed to do.
Trying to find a match in an inaccurate database will never happen, as that isn't in the instruction set, program.
Assuming that you are matching to error free databases, entered by Human Beings, from data written down by Human Beings..is just asking for it.
You need a research tool to find stuff, like you do. Let the Human confirm the match even though the computer can't find it, and then forward a "correction suggestion" to the source of the entered data for revision to clean this mess up.
Ie. find a grave needs a clean up too, where the tombstones don't match the human input as above, along with the above Census Record. A computer will never fix that mess, cause it is not able to think on it's own, and as I said earlier, "the Sun will go Red Giant and consume the Earth, and still no dam match."
I'm new to MyHeritage and was quite impressed with the Family Tree-Builder. That being said, I'm really diappointed and annoyed with MyHeritage's misrepresentation of this so-called social networking "family-tree" website.
"Many of the records in SuperSearch are free however a data subscription is required to access all the collections." - Quote from MyHeritage "Do I have purchase a subscription to access SuperSearch".
Wow! Where's the free stuff under SuperSearch? I didn't find anything so far!
I'd like to see the list of what exactly is "free" at MyHeritage!
State exactly what is included with any of the memberships and do not offer false promises!
I've also noticed that the site is rather complex as far as navigation. Access to all parts of MyHeritage should on ONE menu at my Home Page rather than numerous webpages, e.g.
I agree that it is misleading. I sent an email to customer service to try to switch to the "data plan" because I cannot view any records despite having a "premium membership." the only thing I can see is family tree matches.
I have both premium plus membership and a data subscription so my experience may help you decide which way to go.
I don't remember any free data at all, other than the information that your ancestor's name is in another tree (without allowing you to contact them). You have the software for free. I remember it being very frustrating and spent my birthday money on upgrading to premium (Later I went premium plus)
Plus you have the forums which might allow you to find someone whose tree you are matched to.
I like the Family Tree Builder software and run my family tree offline, uploading changes every few days to the online site. I'm staying with FTB Version 6 just now, till they've ironed all the bugs out of Version 7. I also like the smart matching function and I've renewed my subscription for a second year. I've met distant cousins and gained information and photos I'd never have found otherwise, plus met (across the website) some interesting and chatty people. So that's the positive.
Most of my ancestors are in Australia and if this is the case for you, the data subscription won't help at all. If your ancestors are in England you may find it more useful. Unless you have a slow internet connection because the My Heritage data search and results is very bandwidth heavy.
I also have a findmypast.uk subscription and use that for British data because the simple text format loads so much faster, plus their search engine is wonderful.
For a long time the supersearch was finding me matches in a database called World Vital Records but would not give me access to that data. Now, probably due to a software update, WVR data doesn't even appear in the search results. I prefer it this way, but I am still curious about that data which is supposedly out there - Australian electoral rolls for NSW etc.
I had decided not to renew my data subscription.
I've recently discovered an ancestor in the United States, however, and found a need to search the US census and BDM records. This has changed my view entirely.
It's still slow on my internet connection, but the US records are wonderfully easy to use and I've learned a great deal about that branch in a very short time. I'm now considering renewing my subscription just to keep going on that side.
So the two biggest problems: the data is intensively US data, and the search engine barely works. I have had most success with and 'exact search' as long as I have a date. The place field seems to be completely ignored so if you want John Smith in eg Jamaica you will find him after six slow-to-load pages of John, Jack and Johan Smith in New York or Houston.
For Australian records, though, MyHeritage data doesn't provide anything useful at all, unless you have relatives in Queensland where a small number of school and electoral records are located.
Having said that, I just made a test search on Richard Bones born 1859 in Tasmania and after the MyHeritage trees, also after the Chester Times of Pennsylvania, it did find a Tasmania Post Office directory result for 1900 which I can use. This suggests that MyHeritage is either working on their search engine or starting to add data which is more relevent to me.
So that's my take, so far.
PS If you post a description of your syncing problem in the online forums there will probably be a fellow member who can help. Some of the long term users know their way around the software very well.
No, there isn't. I've done a few test searches on my ancestors from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Kilmacduane in Clare and Fermoy in Cork. Each time it comes up with US census and MyHeritage trees which are not them. Selecting the UK Records gives me UK census and BDM but that is England and Wales, not Ireland.
If I search by exact name and birthdate I get people of the correct name and age, but the place field is just not operating so cannot filter by region.
Of course, as our ancestors did not hold to specific spellings an exact search means we might miss the records we want. I'm sure MyHeritage is working on it, but at the moment it doesn't help with Irish at all.
United States records, though, really are impressive. I've found research there to be very easy. If only that was the country I need!
World Vital Records is owned by MyHeritage, yes, but even with a full data subscription I could not access it. I thought it was a glitch at first and asked the support team. They said they were working on its inclusion (about June last year) but it hasn't happened yet, as far as I can tell.