I recently contacted a 'no longer paid up' 'member' who had nearly every family member in a SmartMatch entered three times! The point is not that you can't contact them, SOMETIMES you can; but that they can, as it seems and as she believed, no longer make alterations to the tree.
I would hope that, at least in such unambiguous cases, MH would remove the duplicates if we ask. After all it is important to the company that people will join, and stay loyal; and accuracy of information is crucial to that.
Thanks for the infoaboutthis topic.My Heritage need a policy of observingthewebsitewhichare not paidorused.Theseshould be archivedon another serverso the datais not sentinappropriately tothe world.PeopletryMyHeritageand after a few test, many dont use it.MyHeritageshould havea policythat saysdeadline for the latestupdate.if a userhas not usedhis webfor more than 2years the user shouldbe accompanied by aconfirmation email.Naturally, Iagree thateveryone who hasa MyHeritagehasapersonal responsibility tomaintain order intheir own file and web.
I have contactedseveral usersand they saythat it is oftenbackproblem and the Famile Tree Builder inMyHeritage,and the many copiwebdoes notopen.In addition,it seems totallyout of control,that so manyjustpretendnothing.It's notOKto have towatch all thesmartmatchsthrough whenit can be easilysorted inMyHeritagesoftware control.As a user,I gettiredof the system.Best regardsElsebethVienberg
Vad menar du? SmartMatch har inget med "include files" att göta. SmartMatch ger dig bara upplysningar om, OM det finns en match mellan en person i ditt släktträd och samma person inågon annans träd. Kan du utveckla lite bättre vad du menar så skall vi se om vi inte får till det.
Jag tror han menade att han försökte inkludera en bild i den tidigare posten som skulle förklara vad han menade. Men det går väl fortfarande inte att göra det fast det varit så länge nu.
När det gäller procenten så kan jag bara hålla med. Ibland verkar könet vara det enda som är samma på personerna som jämförs och kan få rätt höga procent men jag tror att även tomma fält i båda personerna genererar procent så inga barn, partner eller syskon kan då ge rätt mycket procent.
As a relative newcomer to MyHeritage, I am trying to determine the point of "Smart Matching"
If I find a match which appears to be clearly the same person as in my tree, there is usually less information shown on the match than in my tree - what, therefore, is the point of "confirming" a smart match?
Also, I have found a family which is clearly the same as one in my tree, but with an addtiional child, for example, or a birth date I do not have. Why would I add that to my tree if it may well be incorrect - when I checked under the "Sources" tab, all I have seen as a source is "Smart Match" - that is as useless as Member Tree as a source on Ancestry. Sending an e-mail to the tree manger for each and every source is a bit much, I think, as some people say that they have thousands of Smart Matches!
So, can anyone explain the benefit of confirming a Smart Match?
Hi Craig- did you end up with an answer to your question "Why Smart Matching?" I have spent about an hour trying to find the answer on the forums.. I agree with you.. I now have hundreds of SM and most of the data is not sourced, and the trees seem to have less information than I do.. so what is the point? I started messaging the tree owners and now I seem to be linked to all these family trees that are quite irrelevant - although there must be one common ancestor somewhere.. I joined to get decent Record Matches but maybe Ancestry is better despite the cost.
I usually dont add anything from Smart Matches. However I use them as ideas of how to go on in my research. If I have a family that is matched to somebody elses family, and there is an additional child, I can then check if this is true. Sometimes it is and sometimes its not. Old Church books can be hard to read for modern people and families can be mixed by mistakes or family members can be missed.
The main thing for all researchers is to remember to add source for their finds. That help others to deside if the info is correct or not.
I have in the beginning of my research just added the people with birth/death dates/places without sources but now I have started to update my direct ancesters with the full chain of info from birth to death with sources. I hope the source info will help others to deside if my person is the same as their and that my info can benifit to their research.
Anders, I'm with you here :-) I have some 4000 SmartMatches I have not had the time to check yet. Most of the SmartMatches I h-a-v-e confirmed contain less information than my own. However, I have learned pretty quickly who other researchers give credible data, and who don't, and will add from someone I trust!
In general I hope that my work (that I have spent a lot of time and efford veriyfying and uploading here, will be helpful to someone else just because of the SmartMatches. What is the point of research, if one is not to share it???
But I'm definitely tweeking the standards also on my own work, to go back and add more sources on cards, especially the ones I have struggled with, thinking they might be difficult for others later too. And moving forward, I know that I will be adding more and more sources now, than I did in the beginning.
And I'll eventullay work my way through those waiting SmartMatches, thinking I want to contribute to the hive mind ;-)
We are happy with My heritage without upgrading. But we are getting people who make smart match errors that are just patently silly. Granddad who died in the 1940's has been erroneously matched in Austalia to a wife of the same name but is dated in the 1850's. That is just plain dopey but we cannot offer info to anyone without upgrading. And we are happy with the system without needed to expand.