C'mon guys, the success of online services such as Dropbox and Mindmeister are because their premium service allows the charge of a small amount of money each month to access their service. You guys have not realised this yet, but they are charging the same as you, however as it's a small monthly payment more people are signing up with them. I, and a lot of willing myheritage fans cannot afford your annual upfront costs, please allow monthly payments!
I have been doing genealogy since about 1998 when Family Search opened their site to anyone interested in researching their ancestors. I found there were a lot of errors on the site posted by fellow searchers and also by professional genealogists. I contacted one professional who had posted totally erroneous information about my ancestors and gave him the documented information in order for him to correct it. He refused. I then quit relying on posted information without documentation. I then followed my ancestors by gathering information from any resource available on the internet that doesn't charge monthly or yearly fees. There are many of them. Even sites with full documents available to download. I used several computer programs for my family tree that were free. I eventually settled on Family Tree Maker when they included with the software the ability to sync my computer family tree with an online tree without having to have a monthly or yearly subscription. This took some time before it happened, but they soon realized that it was to their benefit, because they now had access to all of the documentation and especially the research that I had done. Now all of their paying members could see my work as well as any of my cousins that I give access to my site even if they are not paying members. They even gave me free access to their document sites for trial periods. By the time they did this, I learned that they didn't have any information on my family that I didn't already have, so I never joined.
This brings me to my reason for posting here. I downloaded your software to see if there was anything better than what I already have, Family Tree Maker 2012, which I purchased from Ancestry for a discounted small amount when they added the synchronization capability to a website that they allowed me to create for my Family Tree without membership requirements. I had never posted my Family Tree anywhere partly because I wanted it to be completely documented and I didn't want it to be a subscription requirement. Now others can use my hard work and avoid all of the time I had to invest to obtain it. I compared your software and found that it was very slow compared to what I had. To be fair, the Ancestry site was slow to start with and your site has improved since I started using it. But I can use the Ancestry site and receive all of the updates to their software without a paid membership requirement. I am a member of Ancestry, but don't need to subscribe to their document research sites. You may as well quit sending me the apparent matches and smart matches for me to confirm, because you require a subscription for me to confirm. Some of the ones you sent me were correct, but I wasn't allowed to confirm them without paying. I have nothing to gain by paying. Some of them were in error, but I couldn't reject them without paying. You also don't allow my full tree to be included on my site. Also, I'm about to uninstall the software unless you can correct this problem, because it keeps opening it on my computer when I didn't ask it to. I'm not sure what documentation you have available, but you probably don't have anything that I don't already have. There are many free forums covering many surnames, some sponsored by Ancestry and other information sites. So, for you to compete with what is already available, you need to change your way of generating income. I also noted that there is no way of contacting you because there is no phone to contact you and your email link doesn't work. That is why I am posting here. I am happy to share my information on my family for all to see if you allowed it.
#Ransome, I also want an affordable way to do research but cannot justify a fortnight's worth of diesel on a site that is a past-time and growing interest. Out of animosity, I wouldn't pay up front for an annual subscription to anything - My money is better in my pocket, and a monthly recurring subscription is, after all, the way the digital world works these days. (Annual subscriptions....... myeh! So 2000's)
I hope the MyHeritage team spots this and I would suggest a small reward to me if the success of my suggestion is taken upon them (wait and see, they'll probably say "Oh, we've been planning to do this anyway!"). Anyway, I work in an online product management role and was happy to give some free advice just so I can get the correct level of usage that I feel is important to a hardworking family.
Hopefully someone is listening, give us monthly regular payment options, I guarantee your company will be transformed if you do this.
I'm just digging through my Smart Matches. Unfortunately, I can see more and more from different family sites x-times the same familytree with exact the identical matches over and over again. I'm loosing slowly the motivation to check & click this matches and I began to kick this familytrees into the 'ignore'-bin.
It looks like many users don't realize, what an overhead they produce with this kind of creative version handling of their familytrees. It's really hard if You want to work with Smart Matches seriously.
It would be very useful, I think, if MH/Support/etc. write an info to the user community about this problematic.
I have at least one site with eight trees but he is reliable; I can confidently check the first tree and if it is right I just confirm the rest. But I had one with maybe sixteen and she made a lot of mistakes. Certainly they are a pain.
I think the issue is made because people do not understand that when they add or maodify a tree and then SAVE AS- it becomes a extra tree. I think some users are unsure if they save the NEW tree then the OLD tree has gone. So for saftey sake thay generate another tree with just a few changes.
If they saved OVER the old tree then only one tree would exixt.
There are many users who have trees numbered Trial1 trial2 or Test1 and Test2 and obvioulsy have not got a clue and sadly myheritage will not intervene - even in a role as mentor or advisor. I think myheritage COULD be more pro-active in preventing users form haveing more than one tree BUT could issue " premission: if the user could define a reason for more trees and was legitimate and not a repeat after repeat.
It would be a much more productive and uselfull resource if we could all be more attuned to the wider comunity and prevent the overwhelming passion for duplicated trees.
MyHeritage provides people with a platform to enter their family history to which we are also aware that people sometimes create duplicate family trees that can inturn provide you with many SmartMatch results however they are all the same information.
In this situation there are two options that you may try.
1. Ignore the family tree that you are being matches against by going to Family Tree > Smart Matches™. Sort the matches ‘By family trees’ (this is the default setting). View the matches that you have with a specific site. Next to each person’s name, you will see the ‘Review match’ option, which will take you to the Smart Match™. Below the match is a link to the consensus page for all of the matches for that individual.
Above the list of all the matches is the option to ‘Ignore this tree’:
2. Contact the site manager from which the matches are coming and notify them of their possibly innocent mistake and that it might be an idea to delete one or more of their duplicated family tree's.
Within the Help centre there are links to show how to delete the family tree's from both the online family web site and also the Family Tree Builder Software.
I hope this has proven useful information to you all and should you have any further inquiries, problems or questions then please contact us at support@MyHeritage.com and we will be only too happy to help.
In regard to the explanation by Team member Dean.- I think you expressed the situation extremely well.
The difficult thing (from experience) is that if you attempt to contact the user who may have ,in error, published duplicate data- and that user is no longer a valid subscriber, then the contact attempt is futile.
I would like to see MH take a more responsible attitude when circumstances like this occur, and MH should either annotate the file as - misleading, duplicated, and or user - now defunct, so although his.her data might remain, the possibilty of contact is negative and a lot of time wasted just waiting for a reply the cannot ever arrive.
Genealogy is a frustrating hobby - but could be more productive if the resources lke smart match were better managed by the only prople who can manage- the MH team.
When I see the list of "attributes" for a person on the consensus page the are many times when I can see that many of the suggestions are for another person because of the dates and/or relatives. I would like to click on one of those fields and get a page with only the records for that subset. This would allow me to confirm or deny all the records with a given set of dates or parents/wives etc.
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Hi, I've tried working out how to do this and I can't so I post this in the hope that someone can advise me, or failing that to request it as a feature:
I know I can set up past events, e.g. military action at <place> on <date> for someone in my tree, but what I'd really like to do is enable that event as an anniversary event, similar to birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Obviously the 'floating balloons' image probably wouldn't be appropriate, but I'd like to be able to remind the family members who look at my tree that on date <X>, this relative was wounded in action, or killed in action, or whatever. Particularly with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 less than a year away, I will have several such events to mark, and I'd like for people to get notice of those as and when they come up.
You can create an "event" in your website. Just click on the events > family events option. At the right upper side you need to click on the blue " create an event" option. There will not be any symbol next to the event placed and the members of your website will get a notice before the actual event.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I tried using that method, and although it allows me to set up a family event, I can't set the year to be earlier than 2011 (obviously it's intended for arranging family reunions and the like). Not only that, but there's no option for making it a recurring event, in the way that a birthday or a wedding anniversary would naturally be.
In the calendar menu it looks as though I can in theory enable up death anniversaries - this might potentially work for the obvious situations, but unfortunately it's an 'all-or-none' option, and I wouldn't want anniversaries of recent deaths to be shown, for the obvious reason.
I think it would be a really useful feature if, when creating an event, there was a check box to tick if one required the specific event to be an annual anniversary.
Thank you for your posts here on the forum and for your suggestion.
This is a nice suggestion however this is somewhat impossible to do as what you wish pertains to a specific event in history and not directly to a person in your family tree.
The events are created for only people in a family tree as the system can use Birth/Wedding/Death dates etc in order to produce the event and then this can therefore become an annually recurring event within the calender producing reminders both in the family tree home page and within the family tree itself.
I don't really understand why this cannot be seen as a specific event for a specific person in my tree? Yes, it's historic but then so are his birth and marriage.
Obviously WW1, for example, is a world event, affecting millions of people in different ways. I don't wish to have an anniversary that is 'outbreak of WW1'. I am however able to define an event against a single person in my tree (e.g. my grandfather) which relates to a specific thing which happened to him, e.g. 'wounded in action'. That specific event is unique to him, in the same way that his birth and his marriage are. It is a personal event, which to my mind is worthy of marking annually. I wouldn't expect this to happen for all personal events, hence my suggestion of a check-box on the event.
And it gave me an idea for my blog: This Month in the Gray Family History. Each month, I could pick out three or four events and develop them a bit. Heck, I could do one a week for different family branches.
I'll have to check to see if there is some easy way to sort everything by date... back in a minute...
Timeline report is for a single individual. Guess if I did timelines for half a dozen key family members, i could pull from those. But might miss some fun stuff that way.
Aha, Custom Report. Darn, won't include any of my Custom Facts. Grrr. Still, once it's in my spreadsheet, I can easily find all instances of Nov. then pick and choose a few for the blog. Hmm, got to sort by each date field...
Not as easy as I'd like it to be, but still workable. Check the blog from time to time to see it when it's finished.
If a person comes in two different family tree and this person is linked together with a Smart Match (confirmed by both their parts) should be the person's profiles also merged. Everything I update about this person in my tree should be updated in all the trees where this person is.
Moreover, it should be possible to link all family trees on MyHeritage with Genis world tree or creating a world tree on MyHeritage.
Another missing feature is the ability to see how many blood relatives a person has. If the person has 13 blood relatives in the family tree, this should be written on their profile, as it's on Geni.