Why are marriage, birth and death records only from select states? With technology what it is, I would think that most of those records should be available. I am practically at a stand-still because of such limitations.
The historical records market works with what is called 'collections'. A collection is a group of records in SuperSearch. For example: the 1940 census is a collection, MyHeritage family trees is a collection. A collection is different from a category. An example of a category is “Birth, Marriage and Death” records.
Those documents and collections are made public by different organisations and governamental offices, according to their own laws and rules, for the purpose of genealogy research. This can be federal, by state, municipality, etc. Note that MyHeritage and other genealogy websites are not related or connected to government offices. The documents are made public, bought and transcribed by different organisations.
Therefore, those collections might be limited to some state, or not containing all the years, etc.
Taking the opportunity, I would like to recommend you taking a look at this FAQ article linked below on how to better use SuperSearch:
The "What's new" (front page summary) and the weekly report summary only summarise the additions to the site. e.g. Stephen added Blah, Blah, Blah and 20 other people to the family tree".
Would it be possilbe please to improve this listing in the weekly summary and provide a fuller list of people who have been added to the site.
Alternatively, would it be possible to provide a link to a page that provides the full list of additional names.
A purpose of the weekly summary is to garner and report the latest additions, but too much of the interesting information is lost in the very brief summary. When people subsequently visit the site there is no easy way to deternine what is new or the extent to which any branch of the tree has been increased or decreased.
This makes life especially difficult for site managers, who can see (say 23) people have been added, but can't easily determine who they all are. The larger the site and the larger the number of contributors, the bigger the problem.
Please consider helping with this. Especially please consider any improvement that would make collaboration between multiple contributors easier - (for family sites like mine that have a number of family members collaborating and contribution).
Thank you for your support. It might not be hard to implement a simple version of this idea. As a starting point it might only be a matter of making the "PEOPLE" listing sortable by "date added". This would give us a simple listing from youngest record to oldest record. This way everyone could see the latest editions.
Showing this list with the actual "date added" shown would be a bonus. But I would settle for just the ordered list if that could be implemented quickly and easilty.
Improving the weekly mail out list to report ALL additions - or a much fuller list - would still be a welcome and very nice addition when time permits.
The much bigger dream would be to know who make each update or correction. I imagine this would be a bit harder to implement. It would be ideal to know "last modified" and "by who". That would be the complete deal.
"how hard would it be to implement a "date added" option" was not a complaint. It was just a question? On reflection "how hard would it be" might sound like a complaint, but it wasn't. My question was - in your personal opinion, would it be a hard thing to do - how hard?
I know the official line is - complex databases, thorough testing, lots of lead time, prioritized according to volume of requests, limited resources, can't do everything...
I'd be interested to know, what was the last change implemented by MH as a direct result of a suggestion made on this forum?
Now that there are many new 23andme customer trees here it would be very helpful to be able to view those trees in a standard Ascendency/pedigree chart view rather than the current family view. We need to be able to quickly work our way back on direct maternal and paternal lines to see if we can find common surnames and family locations and the current triee view makes that rather difficult.
Relatedly,lis there a way to do a specific tree-to-tree comparison to find potentially common individuals in the trees? I can't seem to find it if there is but that would also be a HUGE help.
Your suggestion is appreciated and I will forward it to our developers team, as an improvement report for future updates of the site.
MyHeritage offers you the possibility to create charts of different types such as Ancestors and Descendants, as well as choosing who is the main person of that chart. Click on the link below to learn more about charts.
The comparing of trees is done automatically by our Smart Matching system and once you have received thoses matches, you are able to visualise those matches people and the relatives around them. The links below of our FAQ might be of help on understanding more about that:
No, I don't think you understand my request. I'm not looking to see what kinds of charts I can print out, I'm interested in the online view of another persons's tree (someone that 23andme says I am a genetic match to.) If I can view that tree online in ancestry view that would make searching for a common ancestor a lot easier.
As for matching, I realize My Heritage does tree matching but it's one-to-many (may tree compared to all of the other uploaded trees) which is helpful for a different reason. I'd be more interested in a being able to generate a one-to-one comparison, instead, to make the process of comparing my tree to another, known, individual's tree to look for potential matches. The link you sent only says I can do that when looking for matches already found to my tree from the larger pool of trees out there, not when looking at someone else's tree that might not be on that listing and trying to generate a comparison view from there.
Please, please, please have a pedigree view of the family trees implemented on your site! As it is now Ancestry.com has this function, you haven't. I prioritize my direct ancestors and it's very annoying not being able to shift between a rather confusing family view and a more simple pedigree view. All that scrolling!