I'm a new member - so still learning. So please excuse if this question has been asked before or covered in support topics (though haven't seen it specifically).
My question is, is there any value in "confirming matches" when, yes, you can see another user is "matching" with individuals/families in your tree - but there are errors/mismatches, e.g. slight variations in names/dates etc.
In other words, is "confirming matches" in this case just perpetuating errors or inaccuracies that are within the MyHeritage community... in short, should I accept or not ?
A good question and I still don't know the answer; I take them on a case by case basis but I still worry about inaccuracies continuing.
But the big deal is whether they are actually the same person with the same essential data.
Sometimes I reject and send a note to the other site owner, 'This might well be the same person but I have rejected the match because of (commonly) 'insufficient detail to be sure of a match (sometimes there is little more than a name in their tree)'
or 'too many details disagree with the details in my tree'. One recently seemed the same but birth and death dates varied by a few years and places of birth and death were different though not distant from those in my tree.
Sometimes I confirm and send a note: 'almost certainly the same person but in my tree (and mention some difference).
Often the place (of birth or death etc.) are different but if you look them up they may be two miles apart. The place and date often taken from documents is actually the date and place of Registration of the event; not of the birth or death or whatever. If someone is born in late December (especially in the old times with limited communications) the registration can be in January of the following year.
Often the dates are a bit different but it is common for the date of birth in the tree to be actually the date (and also the place) of christening; date of death, the date (and place) of burial. These were actually the events most often recorded in the old documents.
If you can see the original documents or the details in an index that is very useful. I can look them up in my wife's ancestry but as often use MH's record search add-on now.
Family Tree Builder (and I suppose the on-line tree) provides for Alternative Birth/ marriage details..
I haven't answered your question but these are some things to think about.
Smart matches are NOT record matches, they are profile Matches, a profile match can be made without records....so the whole idea behind them is garabage. IF you want records you have to also join Ancestry.com
This is just another way to display Trees, more friendly then Ancestry...for sharing. But there are no records here really.
Beyond the Census, there's nothing here.
And the proof in point is you need to access another tree, Wiki, Geni to get anything, beyound that you need to go to Ancesty.com to get the records that built those trees. YOU can't build a tree HERE based on records from HERE. YOU need to access another tree that was built on Ancesrty.com Records.
Truth Hurts, delete all my posts, but you have to ask yourself first, what the hell are we doing?
One of the best physical record sources we ever had was find a grave, and you can't give that too us, because ancestry.com bought it, before then you were getting it for free, and giving it to us for a fee.
I have all of my setting off, I have closed and deleted all my albums, and I don't know how people are still getting my photo's. I guess when they smartmatch it gives them my photos even though I have locked this feature off. Can you suggest what I can do to further stop this from happening. Thanks Linda
Yes, I understand what you are saying. However, people who are not even related in anyway are coping your photos, and by the way some even get paid to do so on the internet, that becomes a problem. Go into the internet, I have even found my own and my parents on the internet. That is wrong!
I am no longer a paying member of MyHeritage, but my Rootsweb showed a match and I checked it with the idea of maybe rejoining. Not going to happen. The individual on MyHeritage is shown as married to his niece (my great-grandmother) with a really screwed up list of children. If this can be fixed, please tell me where to write and I will submit the correct info. I can't see paying a subscription to correct someone else's mistake.
In reply to Dean- I suggest that if more or ALL users were fully informed that the process of publishing and republishing is the cause of the delay in smart matching then more users would be more patient and less likley to post forum notices such as the one that generated this exchange.
Myheritage might do a whole lot better if it wre just a little more honest and forthcoming in the "compex" issues areound smat matches and other aspects of the software.
I stand by my first statement that - strange things happen with smart matches! even if you think there is a logical process.