...match suggestions that are NOT EVEN CLOSE to matching i.e same last name, but not first name,birth, death...
Are you working with Smart Matches in FTB or online?
This forum doesn't make it easy to point to a specific post so I have to copy an entire answer and paste it here:
In FTB, you can control -- to a very limited extent -- the quality of smart matches you get.
In Family Tree Builder, select Tools > Options > Smart matching(tm)
Set "Match similar first names" to No. This will prevent matches for Sarah and Sara or Robert and Roberta or William and Bil.
Set "Match similar last names" to Strict or Very Strict. This will prevent matching Schmitt with Schmidt, Smythe, or Smithers (or worse). You can also choose "Exact matches only" which will severely limit the number of matches you receive and still will not guarantee high quality matches.
It you're getting too few matches, back off a notch and run the search again.
Obviously (to users if not to MH programmers) there needs to be some control over the dates as well, something giving a range for key dates perhaps, such as
plus/minus 1 yr
plus/minus 2 yr
plus/minus 5 yr
plus/minus 10 yr
In the meantime, apply the limited control allowed and see if that improves your results.
In my opinion there are many facts needed for better registration of events in a persons life that I consider important to genealogists. Sure, they can all be made as custom facts, but if they all are generic enough, why not make them all a part of the standard software :)
After using FTB for some time, I see that there are some key events missing, that will dramatically help to keep track over an individual. All of them must be considered to be found in historical records. I can not tell for sure if all of them are found in every culture/nation world wide, but chances are they do in some way. At the very least, these are all facts that has been recorded in the Scandinavian countries since appx. year 1600, and then likely all of northern Europe. This of course may vary, but in general I would think the principle exist world wide.
What I hope this community can do:
* Comment the ones below
* Suggest other facts that must be considered vital for genealogy research
Before suggesting, consider this:
1) Are the fact universal? Meaning: is it likely the fact exist in more than one county/culture?
2) Are the fact usually to be found in official documents?
If the answer is Yes to both, then it may be a good candidate for this purpose.
English term (Norwegian translation) ## Description
Godparent (Fadder) ## A key documentation to put a puzzle together, godparents were often close relatives or near friends that may give clues to further investigation.
Tax (Skatt) ## Historical tax reports, often holds information about not only how much tax should be given, but also about household (a farm, it's size, family members and so on)
Guardian (Formynder) ## Legal guardians were often close relatives or other members of the community. Children who lost their parents early (before adulthood or being married). These may be keys to track an individual as he/she grow up (the guardian may live a different place, thus the child may be found 15 years later in a different perish)
Witness (Vitne) ## Can be the official witness to many different events. Engagement, Real Estate sales, Will, Probate and so on. A witness is normally a third-party role, but can be crucial to understand the relationship between the witness and the other parties of the event being witnessed.
Groomsman / Bridesmaid (Forlover) ## Explains itself (Some countries has several groomsmen and selects a best man from these)
Proclama (Official announcement) (Proklama (Kunngjøring)) ## Example: after ones death, a legal notice by officials may be announced in a paper notifying creditors of the deceased. Usually the beginning of the probate process.
Offices (Verv) ## Like political office-holders, a person may be elected in some way to have some official position in the community (or even private organisation office-holders).
English term (help!) (Tinglysning) ## An official registration of a private agreement between two parties about their rights and commitments regarding private affairs such as real estate/property, forms of inheritance agreements and prenuptial agreements.
Vaccine (Vaksinering) ## Normal events today. Historically these events may be written down, containing information not only the person itself but also where the person was living at the time and the age.
Bond (Obligasjon) ## Legal document telling about financial debt
If the MH staff want to comment, please do! This issue with facts may very well be an old topic. The "need" to stay within the GEDCOM standards is naturally present, but clearly this standard are in many ways too narrow for modern registration and data collection.
Just did a SS (to test the new facility of saving a record to a family member) and found eight possible results for the 1880 US Census. Unfortunately, not much info is given and I had to check them one by one.
One thing that I think would be really helpful, after going to the trouble of checking a result and finding it irrelevant, is a way to exclude that record from future searches. This would compare to the Ignore function on a competing site.
Please add these small improvements to the online SM page!
1. Every time I have conducted Smart Matches with the "SM applicants" from one person and want to continue with the next one I have to browse all the way to the top of the page, right corner where the button "Back to Matches" is located. An identical button at the bottom of the page would be greatly appreciated.The process of SM is exhausting enough as is and everything should be done reduce the amount of unnecessary manual work.
2. I while ago I complained about that even if there is a text window appearing when you have confirmed an online SM, where you can write something to the other party, a similar text window is missing when you decline a SM. It would be much more important to tell why the SM has not been accepted. I already thought that such a window already had been added, but perhaps it had been added for some other cases.
Your second suggestion already exists, though MH has kind of hidden it. If you are going to reject a smart match, first hit "Compare Trees" and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There is a box for comments in which you can notify the other party as to why you are rejecting the match. Then just hit the back arrow and reject the match. If it bothers you to have to scroll up to the top of a page to return to matches, this one will really tee you off! But, at least it does work. Have a great day!
Why should I spend so much time reviewing SM in FT that have not been updated for years. Some FT were school projects with just a couple of names in them. I think a cut off of 12-18 months would catch current FT. Some peopkle may only work on FT during the winter, or perhaps someone has been ill and unable to work on their FT. It irritates me to have multiple SM to review with one match from a FT that has not been reviewed sine 2007. Suggestions? Maybe I am unaware of a current feature that would correct this issue.
One thing that a number of us have requested is a way to totally exclude some trees from future matches and searches.
If TreeX is orphaned, does not have much info, is riddled with errors, and/or contains no documentation or evidence whatsoever, I never want to see it again until it's reactivated.
I don't want it in SmartMatch for any other individual, I don't want it in SuperSearch, I don't want the Record Detective to find it. Or at least, I want it to show up with a red "Ignored" beside it so I know I've already checked it.
I frequently encounter the problem when getting a new MyHeritage reminder of people's oncoming anniversaries - have I already sent a congratulation message or not? When I have sent one there seems to be no possibility to check, whether I have sent one or not.
Good point, Rolf. Events are reported long in advance, and then when it's a week away, I'm wondering, "Did I send a birthday greeting last week?" Would be nice if it said, "You've already replied to this".
We are uploading picture to MyHeritage and looking for pictures on ancientfaces.com. It would be great if we can automatically share our pictures with ancientfaces and you could add in possible record matches with ancientfaces for us to add to our tree.