In most of my records (on my PC) i have hte little green symbol for "matches" on top, to the left, just under the name of the person. I have clicked that symbol earlier and have seen a long list of other family trees with matches to that person. But today, for all of my perseons with that symbol i get a messaage that there are NO matches for that person!!!! I press the "Update" button but no change. I choose "Compare" but swtill nothing.
Where have all my matches gone? Why does it show a "match button" in the record but no matches? I KNOW that there are lots of matches, also verified from other persons, but even they don't show up.
Smart Matches do frustrate you often. Today I got the usual bunch of non-hits, which I usually just "Reject all" (which I think its called in the English version, using the Swedish myself) by default. But now the top suggestion caught my eye. Three stars and 70% match. This ought to be a candidate at last. When I brought up the details, disappointment again: The only actual match was the gender (see attached picture) and the fact neither had any children.
How can this be a 70% match??? (sorry about the Swedish language in the picture, but you will probably get the point due to lack of green fields). In my world the the lack of data in a comparison does not equals a match.
Please do the Smart matching parameters customizable by the users!
Dear Mattias,Thank you for your post.I am very sorry to hear that you feel that way about the Smart Matches. We are aware that there are a few failures on the algorithm and we are planing to concentrate all our efforts on improving the Smart Matches. Currently our developers are working on the Super Search which will be a powerful research feature that will be released in the new few weeks.Thank you for much for your patience and understanding.Best Regards,Ilana
Hej Mathias. Jeg er også godt træt af Smart Matches. Man burde selv kunne administre at man evt. kun vil have matches som er ex over 80 %. Kan godt se at det ikke vil virke i dit tilfælde med det match du fik, men man kunne så håbe at der ikke kom som mange. Er ikke så godt til engelsk på skrift, derfor for du svaret her på dansk.
I'm finding that Smart Matches are matching to the wrong person in mine and other's trees. As an example I have Phillis Bridge and Sarah Bridge in my tree. The Smart Matching is matching my Phyllis Bridge to Sarah Bridge in the other person's tree and Sarah Bridge from my tree to Phyllis Bridge in the other member's tree. The individual details are correct, it's the matching which is skewiff. It's happened on a number of occasions.
I found a lot of people that way!. Most people have 2 first names and many people find their second name nicer so change it. They are than known by a different first name than is recorded on their birth certificate and descendants without that piece of paper would not know. In your case there could be a girl called Philis Sarah Bridge or the other way around. It is worth investigating further or get in touch with the person from the other tree to see if it can be clarified. There are also lots of people with the same name and details, important to find out whom their parents are.
Happens all the time to me too. I am using Family Tree Builder; at first I used to reject the match where the Main Persons matched correctly but one or more of the family displayed in the 'Compare tree' were incorrectly matched.
Now, as I check new matches, I review the old ones. In all cases (many of them previously rejected) I confirm the match if the Main Person is the SAME PERSON in my tree and in the proposed match. Not just the name of course but matching dates of birth etc., and obviously not a different family, but if there are the sort of mismatches between other family members we have been talking about I still confirm the match. I have decided the system is about matching the main persons; if the others show up in their own SmartMatch as main person and don't match I will reject them then.
I have probably confused the hell out of the system by changing my criteria to what I now believe is correct, and in the process confirming previously rejected matches, but it will settle down!
I am not going to look it up now but I think the philosophy and method of SmartMatch use should be better (and SIMPLY) explained in the Manual and other guidance material. Especially that it is a proposed match between the Main Persons and that the others are just shown so that you can see that the family is the same, NOT to compare matches between other family members.
In 2 of my trees I have a total of 12 smart matches that only show up as needing to be confirmed, but there is no data attached. So I cannot confirm or reject them. New smart matches pop up now and then and they have data attached so I can handle them, but these 12 smart matches just stay there, seemingly forever!