MyHeritage offers different subscriptions for different services, as you can see. The Data Subscription allows you to access all the collections on SuperSearch and confirm/reject all the Record Matches. We offer it that way, both to give the option for users to decide whether they have all services or just part of it, according to their needs on their research. Moreover, many of our collections on SuperSearch come from different sources to which we also have to pay royalties.
The Record Matches may be useful for you, too, in case the records you received are really relevant. Many of the records we offer, such as Census records and FamilySearch trees offer the option to extract the information from the record to the person's profile on your family tree, as well as add new people to your tree. For example, if you find a Census record for a person that had other relatives living in a same household, and you do not have those relatives in your family tree, with just a few clicks you are able to add those new relatives in your tree, extracting their information from the record.
Wish you good luck on your overall genealogy research!
Theoretically they could be the most reliable as the tree may be complete and correct; but in fact probably not.
Multiple, nearly identical trees from the same site manager
Multiple trees like that are an absolute pain, I have put a bar on nearly all of the trees of someone with around twenty.
Trees that contain the same person at least twice
A possible reason for several names the same in a family with the same parents is the naming of a child (or even more than one if there are two deaths) with the exact or similar name of a child who died.
I know about the problem of duplicate naming of children as I have several in my tree. However I have opened up a new branch that includes a number of well known people and these seem to be producing most of the Smart Matches at present. Just after my post yesterday I looked at a new match with another tree in which the same person was repeated eight times, each with a slight variation in the details.
I take your point about older trees sometimes being the most reliable.
I find that if the trees are carefully named then it may be possible to work out which is the main tree, often helped by the number of people in the tree I will confirm a name in that tree and ignore the other trees. Unfortunately some trees have the most obscure names which doen't help. It is a pity that site mangers aren't more thoughtful and avoid abstract names.
Yesterday I clicked on the green smart match button on one of my tree members. Got a whole bunch of matches. Today I clicked on the same button, same person and was told there were no matches. What is up with this?
The Smart Matches are generated when you make a change in your family tree either via your online family site or if you use the Family Tree Builder Software and synchronize to your website. The data in your family tree will then be compared with over 27 million other family trees at MyHeritage. It may take several days to collect the data, depending on the size of the tree.
The Smart Match technology is very dynamic. In this "intermediate period" web-masters make changes in their family trees sometimes even remove individual profile cards and even entire family trees. The result is that you have received a message that you have a Smart Match, but that the data has been removed. The result is an empty smart match.
If you would like to me to check it more thoroughly for you, please give me the name of that person to which you received those Smart Matches.
I checked that person you mentioned and I see that you have confirmed two Smart Matches to him, because I can see on his profile page under the 'Sources citations' section that information.
Those matches, however, do not appear on the Smart Matches page on the site. I believe that the reason might be that you have confirmed those matches on your Family Tree Builder, copied the source onto the data of your project and then synced it to the site.
Since the Smart Matches that appear on the site are not connected directly to the matches that you received on Family Tree Builder, by confirming on one of the platforms, it will not influence on what you see on the other platform.
The Smart Matches within FTB and the Smart Matches within the Family Site are different and are not connected. They are generated apart from each other. If you confirm a Smart Match for Person A in FTB and you also have a Smart Match in the Family Site for Person A, then confirming the Smart Match in FTB for that person will not affect the pending Smart Match in the Site. These are two different Smart Match algorithms and do not affect each other. Maybe it is the same Match for the same person, but since it was generated by different algorithms (FTB and Site) it is seen as separate Match.
But, if you merge a Smart Match in FTB, meaning you add information from the Match to the person card and you save and sync, then this information will of course be synced to the site and the Information is the same as in FTB, but this happens because you took data out of the match and attached/merged it within the person card.
I never, and I mean never do updates or smart matches on the site. I do everything in FTB and then sync it to the site. I only use the site so others can see the tree. Seems like MyHeritage has a problem with the smart match system.