1. I get a little tired of having to click twice to confirm a Smart Match. Every time I click on "Yes confirm this match" a window comes up asking me if I want to invite the other tree owner, and to confirm. I never do anything other than click confirm, but it's annoying having to do this every time. I have a lot of matches to get through as I have got quite a long way back in my tree so there are obviously a lot of matches.
2. Similarly, when I decide to ignore a tree (which I do if there's been no activity on it in the last year), then I have to click on a window to confirm (which is fine), but then I get ANOTHER window with a Notice telling me that I've chosen to ignore that tree and which I have to click to continue. Well, I KNOW I've chosen to ignore that tree as I've just confirmed it. It's just another click I have to make, again when there are a lot of them to do. It's tiresome and unnecessary.
3. When I eventually DID want to invite someone to join my tree, after they contacted me, I couldn't find a way to do it. It's probably there somewhere but it's not obvious. In the end I asked them to go to my tree and request access.
4. I'm not sure if this functionality is available, but it would be nice to find how two people in a tree are related. I'm in touch with someone who's distantly related, and we're going to meet up soon, but I can't remember which part of the tree he's related to and where our common ancestor lies, without having to trawl through the tree to find it. It would be nice to be able to type in his name and mine and find the common connection easily.
Oh and another one I forgot. Again, not sure if this is available somewhere, but it would be nice to be able to set a parameter on the system so that it automatically ignores Smart Matches from trees where there's been no activity earlier than a certain time ago, e.g 12 months.
Yes I agree there's a danger of missing some information. So I do take a brief look at what it's matched. 90% of the time it's my tree which has more information than theirs, and the person that's matched has come up again and again on other matches. So I take the view that there's unlikely to be anything further forthcoming from that particular tree.
In FTB, you right-click on the person of interest, select "relation" and you get 3 options. Choose one, and you will get a little window showing you the link.
On the website, click on "Family Tree" and the "Relationship Report" to get a window that allows you to slect the people.
I, too, am annoyed by having to click twice - my answer would be to have two buttons on the page - one to confirm only, and one to confirm and send message. That would save having the window pop up when its only purpose is to give you a chance to send a message and add a comment, which no-one seems to do.
currently have to delete one, could be much better to merge and retain all info without having to write down and re enter and then delete one.......
I quite agree with you! MH are dragging their heels about implementing this feature, with many lame excuses that it will be passed to the "team" to react! Get your fingers out MH or the world will pass you by and you will be left in the by-water of genealogy passed :( A simple split screen, as per "Smart matching" (with all tabs/fields available) would suffice.
I wasted many hours going through the duplicates list (three times), operating on the clearly naive assumption that if it was showing me duplicates then it was going to merge them. Oh no, twice it happily accepted my labour (my arm is still aching from all the mouse clicking) and did nothing about it. I've had enough; time to check out WikiTree.
I would recommend that you check the settings on your Family Tree Builder to make sure that you have the 'duplicate warning' on. That way, from now on if you add a duplicate person on your tree, you will receive an alert before actually adding the person.
1. Click on the 'Tools' option on the menu bar on the top of the Family Tree Builder.
2. Click on the 'Options' option.
3. On the window that opens, click on 'Warning' on the left side menu and in the middle select 'Yes' for the option of 'When adding possible duplicate person'. (See the screenshot below)
I think you missed the point that Marcin was making regarding the fact that though the is a way to find duplicates, there is NO methed to merge them! Other than physically retyping the information and relationships of one person onto the details of another and then deleting the original.
Indeed, that was precisely my point. Without the ability to merge databases, MyHeritage cannot call itself a serious genealogy website. It is inevitable that users will want to merge various data sources as they become available. Take my case in point: 5 years ago, when I joined MyHeritage I had a GEDCOM with over 1000 individuals in it. At that point MyHeritage GEDCOM import feature was next to useless, so I couldn't bring it in, but I assumed this was a temporary shotcoming and invited various family members to contribute to a new tree online. The assumption was that eventually the data from the old tree can be imported and merged with the new one. 5 years later the online tree is still only 620 individuals with lots of photos and few real facts, and I still cannot bring in the original, well researched database, because of the lacking merge feature.
I am a software engineer, so I know it's not a trivial problem, but it's not rocket science, either. I've solved similar problems in the past.I'd be happy to pay for a premium membership if it came with the merge functionality, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't. This single fact tells me that MyHeritage is a shoestring operation, with pretty web front end but little serious expertise or commitment at the back end.
Issue : I have got to the point where I check 40 to 50 smart matches only to find no new information, in fact mostly the match does not have as much information as I already have (e.g. I have day/month/year of birth and the match only has the year). In every 40 or 50 matches, I might only get ONE piece of information. Given that I have over 10,000 matches, and more are being added faster than I can accept or reject them, it is getting a little tedious.
Now I accept that you may say that it might lead to new family connections, but since I decided to arbitrarily cut off adding people who are more than 10 steps away from me sideways, this has not happened much either - in other words, my tree is about as complete as it is likely to get as far as relatives are concerned (though I have recently get a few distant ancestors through discoveries - great addition to MH). What I am currently doing is "filling in the gaps" with details such as days and months instead of just years, and more specific places, as well as anecdotes.
Suggestion : On the smart match page, it would be a GREAT help if there was an indication as to whether the match contains a) less, or b) the same, or c) more information that already in my tree, and even more importantly, allowed me to search for and view only the ones that contained more.
Perhaps so, but being a programmer myself, I also know that it might take years to implement even a fairly simple suggestion - after all, how long was it between FTB 6 and FTB 7 . Maybe you're right, but I 'll continue supplying ideas on the belief that they will eventually be taken on board, if they are good ideas. Let's see what happens when FTB 8 comes out !
Have a look in a file called "comm.log" (open with 'notepad') in the "sync" directory of the treename (project) that you have updated (found in "tools>options>general>project directory"). It takes a bit of interpretation, but it does list most of the changes.