I Agre that it would be a good way to handle preliminary data.
I have the same thought that I would like to exclude some people from smart matching while working with them or as long as Im unsure if their data is incorrect and maybe this is what the Private on person level is for. I cant see any other use why you want to exclude some people and others not if they are historic people instead of having the whole tree private. If persons still are alive they are private anyway.
There are to many trees with incorrect data and to easy to copy it and just pass the wrong information further. I personaly have two bransches in my tree coming from other researchers and Im not able to verify all their data so what to do. And I do not any more add people directly from others but use the information to check sources if it is correct and then add the person/data. I am working on adding sources to all my data and by that confirming that the data is "correct" even though I can have taken the wrong conclution but then it is up to the viewer to make their own control (which they never do anyway).
I think I and others in another thread proposed a visible grading of validity built on Sourcing the data.
"I think the only way I can achieve this in the current system (I use FTB 6 but I am sure v7 and the website make the same thing possible) is to mark the person's card Private. (right click on the coloured part of the card in Tree view; select Edit Details; select More; check Privatisation box)
THEN, select Tasks and put a note there; then I can go to the task bar (I think that is what it is called) at the top of the page, click on view, and select TO DO Tasks to review these problem cases."
and found a problem; working in FTB in Match view I can't see any indication of whether I have set a Task or checked Privatise. But I now have a 'workaround'.
I have two trees (effectively) and I have two computer screens. so I bring up the Web tree on one screen, select Family Tree, select the tree I want to work on (that's why I use the WEB site, the FTB doesn't separate trees), select People, select Last Name...and choose the next name with new matches.
Then select the name in FTB on the other screen, AND WRITE IT IN A WORKBOOK SO I KNOW WHERE I AM UP TO.
So all I need to do that is different is use a better book and write a bit neater as a permanent record; and write a red T in the margin for tasks and a P for privacy checked. Then if I have twenty matches to review for the same name, or if I look at it next day, I am not trying to remember, or look it up on another page in the program.
It's simpler than it looks and it will work. Geoff
Nope that is correct, NO SmartMatches in 7 MONTHS!!! Have sent 32 support-mails and numerous postings on the forum..... NO change. Today I took the step and mailed Mr Japhet. Enough is Enough. I also can NOT merge a GEDCOM file to my tree and it takes 4-5 minutes to add/edit a person in the tree.
Daniel tells me that my tree is too big!!!! Where does it say that FTB/MH has a record limitation? One of the main things in my research is to see how different people in different countries are related so the advise given from the MH team to "cut" my tree into several smaller trees is pure nonsens. FIX the problem instead.
Well, as I said in another posting, I got an e-mail after two days from the senior support team member Marianne. I have been offered a fair compensation and she is going to call me early next week. BUT that said it didn´t solve my problems in fact I have new ones added to the list.
I would think that MH will soon add a maximum records disclaimer for FTB.
Even though the limits of databases have been extended (I think the 2010 version of Excel would handle a million rows) as those limits are approached, performance suffers. It should be no surprise to see this happening in FTB.
For several days I have been trying to copy information of confirmed direct ancestors relatives with no success. I expected to be as easy as in ancestry.com
I have just found a post from 2 years ago saying that you don´t allow it for security reasons.
I can only say that I don´t understand it and that I am very dissapointed. I want to build and complete my family tree, get as deep as I can. I don´t care that much of finding new distant family memebers, I already have trouble keeping in contact with the ones I know.
We heard a lot of complaints about individuals who worked for a very long time for their genealogy projects (some even more than 5 years of collecting information, photos, interviews... etc.) and found that other individuals copied that very same private information that they have worked for so long in a matter of seconds (imagine the frustration seeing someone copying your life's work).
So we have implemented an extra step that would require you to contact that family member to request a membership in the site manager's site. This not only results in communication between the two parties, but also holds a positive connection for research.
I understand it might be frustrating to do that extra step, but it helps protecting the privacy of individuals greatly.
You can also turn off the ability to copy photos. Under your name (top right of online tree), click My Privacy, then at the bottom left click Content. Uncheck the box beside "Allow managers of other sites to copy photos of matched individuals".
I've no idea if that actually works, or even what purpose it serves, since on a public site there is even a button to Download any photo in the gallery, and there are so many other ways to copy a photo.
A couple of users have suggested placing a watermark over every photo you post, making it virtually useless to others. Members would be allowed to see it without the watermark. NOBODY would be allowed to download or copy (there are ways to block this). But all of these things will have to be implemented by the MH developers.
I am so frustrated. There are two trees owned by the same person, each with 230 matches to miy tree. Am I really expected to review 460 matches?! Also, in Record Matching, because MyHeritage imported trees from another website, practically every person in my tree is duplicated. I have thousands of duplications within my own imported tree.
This is a huge burden -- almost enough to discourage participation. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I know your frustration Doris. I have 4 trees in my file. I have one marked as Default. They tell me to delete the other 3 and they won't match them any more. There is suppose to be a delete button by the file and I have none. They have matched all 4 of my trees instead of just one. I get 198, at the least, matching trees a day. 3 of the 4 trees I can't even edit because they are not suppose to be shared. How do you delete a tree if they won't let you? I use Family Tree Maker and their help section said to Export the file then Import it again then delete it. It won't Export anything. I don't know how to contact anyone in MH so I figured if I posted here I might get help. If this continues, I will close my account. I still am paid for 3 more years. I don't know what else to do as I can't keep up since they rehashed everything.
Click on your name in the top right of the MyHeritage screen. Then click on My Sites, then on the site you want to delete. Once there, click on Settings, then on General, then on Administration. Then you can delete that particular site. Do that for each duplicate or for any tree you want to delete.
Please accept my sympathy. I'm afraid I can't help much.
Question 1: "Am I really expected to review 460 matches?"
No. You are welcome to totally ignore useless matches. When you review the matches with someone else's site you should find controls to "confirm all", "reject all" and "ignore this tree". That last one lets you remove a specific family tree from all future smart matches (so you could block those two sites).
I only pay attention to smart matches that I have called for. And few of them have been of any real value or use to me. But that's just my family; your mileage may vary.
Question 2: "I have thousands of duplications within my own imported tree."
Are you using Family Tree Builder? If so, check Tools > Check for Duplicates. This will tell you what you already know, that you have duplicate individuals.
The utility may find 100% duplicates but it may also tell you, for example, that there is a 38% chance that Mary Ferguson b. 1871 and Mary Jane Fergus b. 1940 are duplicates. No, it's not terribly intelligent, and there's no way to teach it to be less stupid (by not showing me anything below 80% likelihood, for example).
For each of those duplicates, however iffy, you are given a choice of ignoring it or.... ignoring it.
Now, an intelligent software developer would have realized that a user will want to merge the data between two duplicate individuals. Exactly as you do for two individuals found via a Smart Match, only for two individuals within your own tree.
Instead, you need to manually check the data for each duplicated person, manually move from one to the other (the "keeper"), fact by fact, note by note, date by date then manually delete the other copy (the "gonner").
To make this nominally easier, you can save the Duplicates report to a file, then print it so that over the course of the next few weeks you can manually keep track of which duplicates you have manually merged and those you haven't yet got around to....
Yes, it's a huge burden. The inability to automatically merge duplicate individuals is an excellent example of asinine programming, and yet another thing I hope the MH developers will get around to fixing.
In the meantime, someone on the support team may have a workaround.