We currently do not have this, although thank you for the suggestion. I will be sure to forward it to the appropriate department for consideration.
Please let us know if you have any other ideas as we do value such input from our users.
It is frustrating to not have an option to find ALL common ancestors to two different individuals. It would be very helpful to find even distant relationships like 8th cousins, for example. Especially in a large tree, I would like to see how many different ways I might be related to another individual, not just the closest link.
For all new Myhertige sites I open, I get the new layout. I see the benefits of this, but on the other hand there are some things I like less. For example the "entry form" in which you enter the data about a person. You used to be able to easily copy paste something from another source into that entry form. This doesn't seem possible anymore and you have to do all the datum using a drop down menu. This costs alot of time in my opintion and is really annoying when you have alot of data to enter.
Thank you for writing on our Forum and for your feedback.
Note that many of the data entered through 'scroll-down' forms are necessary in order to our system being able to calculate many algorithms related to different tools and utilities on the site.
For example: in order to create a timebook or a timeline, only dates that are added through the scroll-down forms are possible and not through free-text. Other similar features depends on those pre-set data entry forms.
Another examples would be: the Calendar alerts, the most recent and earliest events on the tree that appears on the Homepage Welcome Message, etc.
There is to much space occupied by ribbons and banners on some pages.
1) Overly large links to various functions that are not in immediate use, ie photos.
2) Overly large information banners, listing the owner of page you are matching, number matches etc.
3) Placement confirmation link, if you confirming 50 matches to page you have to scroll back to top of page to confirm all 50 (assuming that that they all are matches, and thats another story) confirmation link would be better placed at foot of page with option to confirm the actual page on screen not just all matches of project.
Im current going though groups of smart matches where there are only 2 matches. Because more than 3/4 page takenup by banners etc there is only room for one match to display without the need to scroll down to read second match. Then if you want to confirm you need to scroll back across half the screen to click confirmation link.
The new record matching seems to be working really well and the data is transferring to FTB7 well on my PC - but I can't tell in FTB7 that the record match has been confirmed. A change in the icon colour when data has been confirmed would be a real improvement.
A change in colour for the smatr mat5ch icon would also be useful - I waste a lot of time cklicking on the green circle in FTB, only to find that at some time previously I had confirmed or rejected all the matches there.
I now have over 23,000 smart matches to work through, but am wasting a lot of time with some that I think should never have beedn matched. For example, I just got a 65% match between Edwin John Maidment 1862-1931 and Maylin James Maidment 1865-1955, who are quite obviously two different people.
Currently the only options I've found about smartmatches in FTB seems to be to set the closeness of matches of names - match similar first names (yes/no) which I have set to no, and a 7-choice simliar last name match, which I have set to strict. On myheritage, the only options I've been able to find is to enable/disable smartmatching.
I think it would be SO much better if, like most databases, I could set search options controlling smart matches with a lot more detail on the options. For example :
1: ignore different country of birth (on/off), I get similar names born in different countries which return matches of over 90%, so an option to not match different birth countries would be great.
2: match birth and death years to between XX years apart (where XX is a number from 1 to any). I have an unfortunate set of ancestors who named their first boy the exact same name for something like 5 generations in a row, so I have already had to reject about 300 matches of same-first-name but different dates of birth (John George Maidment b.1732) is not (John George Maidment b.1763) or (John George Maidment b.1787) etc. Yes I know that sometimes you might have an incorrectly typed date, but initially I would reject dates more than a couple of years apart. Maybe an option for accepting slight possible errors in dates (e.g. 1932 and 1923) would be good. I also have to reject matches where people have named a later child the same as any earlier one who died young - restricting the birth year to a narrow range would avoid that too.
3 : ignore different parents (on/off). The same ancestors often named their first born the same as did their brother or sister, so I get a high % match between John James Maidment born to John and Sarah Maidment, and John James Maidment born to George and Fanny Maidment. I'd like to be able to select "ignore matches with parents whose names are different". I would not worry about missing matches where there are slight differences in the way the first names are recorded (e.g. maud and Maude), but maybe an option to select the closeness of parents' names would be good.
4 : As a quick one, I'd like to be able to ignore smart matches below a certain % - I find very few valid matches below 70%, and I would like to be able to select an option that allows me to pick the % above which I get a match.
Ideally every field of the database should allow optionss to be set for checking for smart matches. People with big trees could restrict the matches as far as they want, and people with smaller trees, or people with little detail, could loosen the match criteria until they got a match. This would be truly beneficial - well worth doing!
Finally, after getting a lot of trouble with the matches (as above), I cvhange the settings on FTB, but they don't appear to have affected the website. Is there any way to delete all current matches without confirming and rejecting them, other than "ignore this tree" ? I'm thinking I want to get the 23,000 down to something I could conceivably work through in this lifetime. Also is there any way to undo the "ignore this tree" ?
PLEASE! Add a function that makes it possible to delete multiple persons by tagging (marking) them and then press delete.
I have deleted a person in a branch that I have added by mistake (importing GEDCOM with all his relatives 250 persons) and by removing that person 250 persons have no more relation to me in the tree. By sorting after relation I can see all 250 persons at the bottom of the list. I want to be able to mark the first NONrelative and the last NONrelative (normal procedure in a DB is to click Ctr and a key on the first record and after that go to the last an click Shift and a key. All records between the first and last marked record vill be marked (highlighted). After that just press Delete and the records are gone. As it is today I have to mark/delete EVERY SINGLE record and with a large database it takes hours. This would also be perfect if I want to split a famili tree into several. Have one MASTER (backed up) and split that one in minutes.into several trees.
So your answer would be that people by mistake might delete persons they want to keep.............. So what! I they don´t klnow what they are doing, why should everybody else suffer for that? By having a backup of the original tree there would be no problems.