I'm REALLY hoping it combines our respective trees to effectively make one larger tree. I'd like all of the data they match has of my family and I'd love to have my tree extended with theirs. Is that what's happening when I confirm a Smart Match or is it only creating the ability for me and the matchee to contact one another?
Related thought, I've confirmed a Smart Match with a cousin who didn't know we had a family tree here. There is no reason for the cousin to keep working on their own tree.
It directs you to another tree and another person working on the same or related individuals
It gives you the opportunity to merge data between another tree and yours (one direction only)
It offers an opportunity to contact another researcher with similar interests
Confirming a SM really does nothing except tell the other tree manager "I see you". After the first month of using FTB, I stopped confirming SMs because there's no point; it's a total waste of time.
If you want, you can merge their data with yours, and the manual merge lets you check what data is going where. I avoid the automatic "smart" merge because it copies over things that I know are inaccurate or false.
A SM gives you the opportunity to contact the other tree manager. "Hi, there. I see that you have a date of birth for my grandfather of 27 March 1920. I'm curious where you got that date, and what documentation you have to support it. Looking forward to hearing from you, Tom"
After the second month, I stopped sending those notes, as nobody ever responded with anything other than "I have no documentation, I got it from another Smart Match."
So, while it's amusing to find a SM to a tree that links you to King Henry VIII, don't bother to merge the data. And don't bother to confirm the SM.
Thanks Tom, this validates, disappointingly, why a potentially incredible, unique, and game changing feature on MyHeritage is actually quite meaningless. If we don't have the ability to, at our discretion, actually combine two trees into one, what's the point? It's just a contact/communication feature that automatically identifies other people with similar data.
I'm not proposing that trees should automatically merge into one; rather, that we should have the option to do that. I discovered that my 1st cousin had set up a MyHeritage account and built a smaller version of our extended family tree. What a waste of time and energy?! We should be able to combine ours into one so that we're both working on the same tree.
"But what if I don't want another person working on my version of the tree? I don't want someone else putting in data that isn't researched or documented as much as I do." I hear this all the time in opposition to the idea. And it's a fair point. But that doesn't mean don't make it possible; that simply means, give the users the choice.
I've since discovered 6 distant family members working on their trees. We're ancestors through our great-great-great grandparents which means ANYTHING we discover at that point in history and beyond, applies to us both. Sure, she has her tree and I have mine, we're so unrelated now that we'll probably never even meet. But when she uncovers something, from 1632, I don't want a SmartMatch to popup one day saying there might be data out there that I then have to research and add if we have the exact same ancestor.
I hate to tell you, but all confirming a Smart Match does is to let the administrator of the other site know that you feel your person matches the person on his/her site. Nothing else happens. If he/she has info that your tree does not have yet, ie a spouse or a child, you still have to add them to your tree yourself. It does not automatically add their info to your tree or your information to their tree. Sorry. Happy hunting!
Seems kind of silly doesn't it? That as a web service that facilitates creating a family tree, managers of separate but related trees can't combine them into one??
I get that some individuals might want to be more strict about documentation and sources but over the years that I've been on MyHeritage, I've come across 6 different trees from unknown individuals with whom I'm related. Why would the option not exist to combine those into one?
Yes, but I don't use it because I'm a stickler for having a good source before adding info to my tree. I prefer to do my own research and be sure that everything on my tree is accurate. But, your post did not ask that question, only what confirming a Smart Match accomplished, or at least that's what I thought you asked. Have a good day!
As FPS wrote here, we are working on better optimizing the smart matches with more accuracy.
We would be glad if you could give us a link to the smart matches that are cross-matched between two brothers, as it may be a bug that we are not aware of. We would also be glad if you could check whether or not you have already confirmed or rejected the matches between (XX and XX) and (yy and yy) - and thus not showing in the pending queue.
I dont know what has changed during the last couple of days at Myheritage, but I have started to received at lo of SmartMatch emails daily - I want to disable receiving all these Smartmatch emails.
I have seen a number of SmartMatch mistakes in the past, I dont take anything for granted and dont use SmartMatch at all. I only add fimilyrelations I have validated and know, where relations comes from.
I dont have time X times a day, receiving new SmartMatches I just should accept without further validation or knowing, what or why thing are related in my Family Tree.
Please, how to disable receiving the SmartMatch emails.
I uploaded my data base of 10,000 names. When I push the Smart & Record Matches button it says I have no matches. How could that possibly be??!! I also sent an email to support. It says I have sent no emails. Am I even connected to myheritage.com?? It says I successfully uploaded. Hello out there - anyone home???? Help.
I am having the same issue. My family tree was uploading on May 22nd and I am still waiting for both the SmartMatching and Record search results. I also have emailed but no one bothers to response. I don't know why I bothered to pay for this when I am not getting anything from the site. Hopefully something will happen pretty soon.
While I see the benefits in smart matcing especially in connecting to researchers with common interests and also being able to share information.
What I cannot follow is the logic or process used for recognising a Smart Match and posting it; I have spent almost an hour this morning going through the procces of ignoring other trees nearly all Scandinavian that showed matches for a Lars Larsen in my tree and what appeared to just be anybody from their tree there was no Lars or Larsen in the supposed to be match name, B & D dates were not matched and other information bore no relation to the information for my Lars Larsen! I thought it was never going to end and the list seemed to get longer as I ignored each tree.
After many years in the IT business it is quite difficult to fathom the basis and logic MH programmers use to determine a SM are they trying to give us all RSI!!! We could turn SM off but then we miss out on the genuine matches and connections out there, what happened this morning is quite a frequent occurence especially with FT's of Scandinavian origin and no doubt they must be suffering the same as well.
MH certainly needs to lift its game and give its members better and more ifficient results and service in this area at least give us more options to filter the SM i.e. reject anything less than 70% match, I certainly find the Ancestry HINT's more managable; the 2 step priocess in MH is rediculous and onerous.