I get smart matches now only when I add a completely new name or if I make a change to an existing name. I made a change in an existing name from "Babstock" to "BABSTOCK" and the smart matches came back for the name.
The Family Tree Builder smart matches system is very different from the one on the family site. However it uses our servers to obtain the matches. I would recommend that you check your firewall and antivirus settings and see if perhaps you have made any changes recently.
However, if this is not the case - if you have synced your tree after a long time of not doing so please note that the smart matches system will have to refresh itself and recalculate some of the matches.
@Ollipekka Looking into your account details I can see that the tree you have online is tree #2, which means that you had 2 trees on your site (it might be the same tree only saved as a different name). What might have happened is that you created a new project instance for the same project and synced as a new one which may explain the fact that your smart matches were reset.
I would also recommend using the Smart Matches on the family site more, as we update this system more frequently than the one on the family tree builder (since it's hardwired to the software).
I am also having this problem. The Smart Match icon blinks and says there's a match, but when I click the icon there is nothing there. I know for a fact that the trees/Smart Matches were there two days ago. Then when I clicked "Update Now" ALL of the smart matches disappeared throughout the almost 800 people in the Family Tree Builder as well as the 250 on the site itself.
I have made NO changes to my firewall, antivirus, or any other part of my computer. Also, I sync almost daily using both the software and the website (sometimes more than a few syncs per day depending on how many people I add), so the idea of it having to recalculate after a long time dormant does not apply to me. At one point I did delete and relaunch my tree, however, this tree has worked just fine (as expected) until two days ago.
This seems VERY much to be something that has happened internally with the MyHeritage side of things. Not with individual user accounts.
Any resolution to this matter would be GREATLY appreciated. If any admins have further questions, I'll be happy to answer regarding my experience if it will help resolve this. Ability to SmartMatch is the reason I've chosen this site to construct my family tree. Without this functionality, it's no better than the program I'm migrating all the data from! Please help.
About 80% of the time when I hit search in either regular or Super Search, nothing happens. Does anyone have any idea as to why ? I does not seem to matter how much or little data I submit. I am starting to wonder what I am paying for. I never had this problem with any other genealogical program.
Doing Smart Matches routinely, in hundreds, I have noted that when the Smart Matches has reached the birth dates and there is no particular feature is found in neither of the dates, the birth date in my tree is mostly suggested as default. During similar conditions for the death date, the death date of the other treeis selected as default. Most of the SM is done with oldest part of the tree which means that I am doing the identical SM time and time again, hundreds of times. To reduce the amount of work I would prefer that the death date in my tree should be selected as default, or that I could select it to be a default.
This would be why I find it too inaccurate to select (in FBT 6) the Automatic Merge function. The suggestions given by the system are too often incorrect, notably in the 'Death' details. That would be because usually I have already matched the details lots of times in previous matches so the details in MY tree are most likely correct.
I NEVER use the Automatic Merge function, always the Step by Step Merge though it is tedious and time-consuming in the extreme. Thank you,
I have noticed recently that the so called "Smart Matches" are getting increasingly dumb. Today alone I have had two that were shown as 43% match but the ONLY thing that did match was the gender. Not the first name, which was totally different, or last name, which again didn't even have the same sound or letters. And everything else was different too.
Smart match is a term devised by myheritage to lure.
You have been lured.
Smart match is a term used that has a overtone of sense, but is in fact a sarcastic manifulation and should in miost cases be re-named dumb match.
But, I am sure you can understand that if myheritgae promoted their image with the term Dumb match then who would join.
So the smart comittee ( elsewhere known as the goon gang) came up with the term smart match as a eye catcher. It worked. Doesnt function but the catchy phrase has got many "rabbits".
The technology toprovide smart matches is compex and far too difficult for theuser to grasp- but in being SO technical it has bamboozled the developers, who have, in fact, created a monster that is nearly out of control.
Sometimes a match has cross gender, cross centuries and disreardds the simple bond-= like NAME.
A search of the FORUM will demonstrate that smart match is a failure but it is the ONE feature that MH relies on to gather more clients.
Take a tip from a user on this and other forums- ie Tom GRAY from canada- he openly admits to turning it OFF. Tom is a very experienced user and one whose opnions are respected. He will tell you that smart match - is dumb match, and I and many others agree.
In my particular situation I have got a lot of value from SmartMatches. Most of the site owners who match with my two trees (mine, and my wife's) are relations, and in probably more than 90% of the matches the person is a true match. Even those rated by MH as having a very low percentage possibility of being a true match.
There are discrepancies in dates and places, some obvious errors and stuff, but most mysteries can be resolved by things like purchasing the occasional full death certificate.
We are planning on improving the Smart Matches in the future, I wrote in previous posts that the accuracy will increase and will give a better value calculation. I'm sorry for any inconvenience that you may have experienced and hopefully you will continue to find these gold nuggets!
@DJ - thanks for the compliment. I have turned SM back on to test something else out for Daniel D and Shachar, but still not finding much of value and I continue to refuse to confirm them. Still can't see the point of confirming. It doesn't add data, it doesn't earn me community points or special privileges or Data Units, it doesn't do anything.
@Daniel D. - I look forward to seeing improved, more accurate Smart Matches, just as I look forward to improvements in StupidSearch and Record Defective. I hope all those tests and tickets I did last month help you out in that regard.
A suggestion... perhaps a facility whereby one can choose to exclude matches below a certain percentage.
In other words I decide if I only want smart matches with a 75% or more match. That way the user can decide how wide they want to spread the net and whether they want less accurate matches.
There is a way to do that in FTM, sorta, kinda. In the menu bar, choose Tools > Options. In the dialog box, choose Smart Matching in the menu at left. The first choice, Automatch, set to No will turn off automatic smart matching when you add a new person to the tree (you can still get them if you click the SM button). The second choice, "Match similar first names" will match Bill to William or Sarah to Sara; it gives you more matches, but more of them will be irrelevant and of low value. The third choice, "Match similar last names" gives you choices from Very liberal to Very strict to Exact match only. The default is Moderate. Increasing strictness gives fewer but generally more accurate matches. However, being too strict will miss some good matches (Haris and Harris and Harries, for example, or in my case Gray and Grey).
I keep mine at Very strict and if I don't get many matches I back up a level and try again. When I bother with SM at all, that is.
Hi all - I posted this suggestion also in the "Product Suggestions" list... so it is a duplicate, but I am hoping that it'll get some support from the Dev team... so chime in if you feel you could benefit from it...
....Another product feature I would like to see is as follows: - When a SmartMatch is presented, the source info for that match SHOULD BE provided along with the details of birth, death, and other notes that are currently provided.
I really do not trust the current practice of referencing another family tree as the difinitive source for the details. How do I know their data is correct - or whether they copied it from some erroneous source?
I know for a certain fact that I have played around with building fictitional trees for writing projects I am working on, so who is to say that others are not also "making stuff up" that just happens to look - initially - like one of my authentic people?
I love the ability to add good source material... books, local church records, published material that has been fact-checked to at least some degree. I don't think I'll be using the Smart Match feature anymore until there is a verifiable Source field that I can check against.
I think many other geneologists would also appreciate and use such a feature.
Far too many "matches" are made and based on a fragile if not faulty connection, and once it is taken by one user it then appears to have Two supporters and the domino effiect kiks in and before you know it- 20 people have matched. and perhps to a incorrect or mis read or mis placed birth or death.
Using another tree as source is not acceptable. On the other hand we could all have the right to "take"a smart match uncourced and take it upon oneself to ratify, but that starts to defeat the purpose of SMART match.
Does anyone know how to navigate back to the individual in the family tree from which SmartMatch was launched. I find it frustrating to have to enter the individua'ls name in the search box each time to return to the area of interest. I think a simple stack (pointers) would be a viable solution.
Using Family Tree Builder v6 (it's probably the same in the current version); In Matches view, in between the details of your tree (top half of the page) and the details of the other person's tree (bottom half) you will find 'Other Tree, with details in blue of the name of the other tree and the contact details of the owner. Click on the name of the tree. The web version of the tree will appear. Click in the space at the top right which has the magnifying glass search symbol in it. Insert the name, and it will appear, perhaps with a couple of others. Click on the name you want, and it will show in the tree. If you are using the web based system there will be a similar way to do it.
I am thinking as I write so PLEASE tell me your thoughts and your ideas.
This happens to all of us from time to time; most of the new individuals in my tree, and expanded detail such as dates and places, are from SmartMatches from others. And they see information in matches with my tree to expand their own.
BUT; right now (not for the first time) I have several individuals whose details I KNOW are wrong. For instance two who seem to be duplicates, but other information indicates they are not.
So until I can research and resolve their details I want to put these individuals on HOLD so that other members do not take the information (in SmartMatches) as correct and add it to their own tree.
It would be ideal if in SmartMatching there was an option to designate a match 'HOLD', perhaps to go to the top of the page.
'Unconfirmed' is useless, it just looks like like a new match. 'Rejected' is useless, it is not rejected but unresolved. 'Confirmed' implies it is correct which is not the case.
I think the only way I can achieve this in the current system (I use FTB 6 but I am sure v7 and the website make the same thing possible) is to mark the person's card Private. (right click on the coloured part of the card in Tree view; select Edit Details; select More; check Privatisation box)
THEN, select Tasks and put a note there; then I can go to the task bar (I think that is what it is called) at the top of the page, click on view, and select TO DO Tasks to review these problem cases.
It's a real problem and there ought to be a HOLD designation in SmartMatches to reduce the considerable amount of incorrect information already in the system. What do you think?
I Agre that it would be a good way to handle preliminary data.
I have the same thought that I would like to exclude some people from smart matching while working with them or as long as Im unsure if their data is incorrect and maybe this is what the Private on person level is for. I cant see any other use why you want to exclude some people and others not if they are historic people instead of having the whole tree private. If persons still are alive they are private anyway.
There are to many trees with incorrect data and to easy to copy it and just pass the wrong information further. I personaly have two bransches in my tree coming from other researchers and Im not able to verify all their data so what to do. And I do not any more add people directly from others but use the information to check sources if it is correct and then add the person/data. I am working on adding sources to all my data and by that confirming that the data is "correct" even though I can have taken the wrong conclution but then it is up to the viewer to make their own control (which they never do anyway).
I think I and others in another thread proposed a visible grading of validity built on Sourcing the data.
"I think the only way I can achieve this in the current system (I use FTB 6 but I am sure v7 and the website make the same thing possible) is to mark the person's card Private. (right click on the coloured part of the card in Tree view; select Edit Details; select More; check Privatisation box)
THEN, select Tasks and put a note there; then I can go to the task bar (I think that is what it is called) at the top of the page, click on view, and select TO DO Tasks to review these problem cases."
and found a problem; working in FTB in Match view I can't see any indication of whether I have set a Task or checked Privatise. But I now have a 'workaround'.
I have two trees (effectively) and I have two computer screens. so I bring up the Web tree on one screen, select Family Tree, select the tree I want to work on (that's why I use the WEB site, the FTB doesn't separate trees), select People, select Last Name...and choose the next name with new matches.
Then select the name in FTB on the other screen, AND WRITE IT IN A WORKBOOK SO I KNOW WHERE I AM UP TO.
So all I need to do that is different is use a better book and write a bit neater as a permanent record; and write a red T in the margin for tasks and a P for privacy checked. Then if I have twenty matches to review for the same name, or if I look at it next day, I am not trying to remember, or look it up on another page in the program.
It's simpler than it looks and it will work. Geoff