Why is it that Smart Matching has been linked between the family site and FTB? If I block out Smart Matching in the family site, I won't get any matches to FTB. What would happen if I didn't have the site at all just FTB; could I then get matches?
Is there any particular reason why the lists of Smart Matches are not arranged in alphabethical order? It would be very helpful to me, and I'm sure to many other MyHeritage users, if they could be arranged in future in alphabetical order please.
What I am seeking is at least an OPTION so that (1) family trees may be sorted alphabetically according to the names of site members and (2) individuals within family trees may be sorted alphabetically according to their surnames.
I just accessed Daniel Gilman (1702-1780) and found 48 'matches' under his name. they are all duplicates, by different people, and one of them lists 24 children for this man, several of whom are named Abigail, more named Mary, and even a Bartholomew. It appears that somebody has no idea how to research, or how cihildren in a family 'connect'. frankly this gives me less confidence in this site than I even have for Amazon.com. not one of the so called genealogies matches the others, and its obvious this is about names, not reality.
obviously no one has researched these names, (in one instance his grandsons are listed as his sons, and a few extra thrown in to fill out the page) and anyone trying to use this site would do well to go elsewhere.
Okay, the most I have had for one name is about six. (Where one person has multiple TREES I just send the message once). But I just copy and paste the actual message (if the details are the same) so that's pretty easy. And of course where the discrepancies are so great as for it not to be the same person I reject the match.
It appears that somebody has no idea how to research, or how cihildren in a family 'connect'. ... its obvious this is about names, not reality.....anyone trying to use this site would do well to go elsewhere.
Welcome to the wonderful world of amateur 'social networking' family history.
I can see how one might conclude that some users of MH don't understand genealogy, have "no idea how to research" and wouldn't know a source citation if they saw one.
The current versions of Smart Match and Super Search are based solely on names, to the complete exclusion of anything else, the result being thousands of ridicuous matches. MH has promised to improve it. But in the meantime, people merrily link to anything that looks even vaguely similar, and better SMs might reduce that but won't eliminated it. And the stupidities are copied into tree after tree after tree because nobody does any fact checking. But what the heck, I've seen that at other sites too.
This is a social networking site. It's for fun, it's relatively easy to use, it's got a friendly user interface, it's for families sharing stories and photos. In short, it's for family history as opposed to serious genealogy (as witness the complete absence of anything resembling proper source citation).
As you say, anyone doing genealogy and interested in research that will deliver relevant results will probably "do well to go elsewhere".
However, MH is getting better, and will continue to improve in the future. It is my hope that the next release (v8) will be a serious contender in the genealogy niche.
thanks,Tom. There needs to be a place where people can find what they need easily, without complications. And truly, for some folks just having all those names matters. for others, depending on what our research entails, the right names do indeed matter. When you encounter a family as name crazed as the gilmans, those Christian names got really important very early on. Very few sites are full service places (and thats not always a good thing either) but it woluld be nice to have a data base to check dates and names and such.
But when you think about it, as soon as you begin trading stories and photos, you've already put one toe in the water of genealogy. This is a clean interface, it's readable, the fonts are easy to take, and it's simple. I'd love to see it get serious as a place to save what we know for future reference.
MyHeritage actually gives their users the choice to make use of several functions and one of these
is the Smart Match™ function.
Smart matches are suggestions and consist of a possible match between two persons cards.
MyHeritage offers their users a platform to “expand through sharing” and it is the responsibility of the webmasters, who receive the matches, to check this information and possibly discuss these with the other webmasters through this platform.
The SuperSearch is MyHeritage’s research tool that allows you to search in over 6 billion records from around the world
such as birth, marriage, death, burial, census, military, immigration, yearbooks and other types of records, plus scans of original documents. SuperSearch also includes MyHeritage family trees, photos and members that are public – altogether more than one billion unique MyHeritage records from all countries of the world.
SuperSearch includes Record Matching Technology, which can find matching historical records automatically for your family tree.
And we also offer the Record Detective™.
This is a new game-changing technology from MyHeritage, which provides users with many records, other records and tree profiles about the very same people. It is original and there is nothing quite like it in the industry.
It doesn't replace manual research, but it can often help you save time and find relevant information you may never have found on your own.
will there be able to do new selections that does not give so manye in-accurate matches? Today we can Select that the first name har to be exact match, but we need to limit parameters like birth/ Death year and other as well. If not the amount of matches will exceed my capacity to maintain this info in the database.
You said 'It would be nice to have a data base to check dates and names and such.'
It would, too. I do a lot of checking official records, birth certificates and the like. It takes a bit of time and sometimes money (full death certificates for mothers are great because they list all their children) but you will find ways and it is worth it.
Absolutely, Athol. I have right now about 20 documented sources for Gilman, Shepard, Perry, Jewett, and all the related families. As I find new ones I add them to my own database. I've not delved too deerply into this site, so I'm sure there is a lot of stuff a-building that will be useful further down the road.
TheSmartMatch section for Gilmans seemed to consist of 48 'matches" for Gilman, notably Daniel and each one was nearly identical to the others, without benefit of citation, dates, or connections. Just listing names and piggybacking on earlier finds is not research. Some of the matches state that Nicholas was married to his mother, that his sibs were actually his childen, on and on. No regard for anything but quantity.
The reason I'm fussing is that this site has a huge potential for good, but it runs on the shoulders of its contributors. I plan to look about me when i have a bit more time, and hope this first visit is just starting in at the wrong spot. One thing that would help, is when someone is interested in a huge family like Gilman, check out other sources as well, and add the dates and connections to your own tree here--by presenting confirmed evidence it will cut down on the sloppy bits from other people. And Gilman is such a documented name, going all the way back to England and all the way forward to now, it would seem to be easier to copy whats already out there rather than make it up here.
You're correct that Smart Match is not a reliable place to collect information in all cases. But, it can, from time to time, give you bits of information you did not have. I would never accept the information without referenced proof, but it can give you a starting place to use for additional research of your own. Most of the members of MH are not serious researchers and just having fun. Those you would soon discover and you do have the option to ignore any Smart Matches from their site, if you choose to do so. Personally, I look at all of them, just in case I might find something of value. Of course, I have plenty of time to do so, since I'm retired. If your time is more precious to you, checking Smart Matches might not be a good way to use your time, just as Tom Grey has said. Happy hunting, and Happy Thanksgiving!
actually the project im doing is for the state historical society and i am near the end of it, amassing data and filling in the gaps, as well as trying to connect some definite but distant genealogical dots. At this stage it seems I might have connected about all I can or want to.
I do think, however, my own personal genealogy could find a good home here. When I have time I plan to plug it in and see how it flies; and I like the compactness of the family tree charts.
I give a replay to another person with a similar problem, but thougt afterwards it was better to send my own question.
When I click on Smart Match™ (or something that leads to the same) it takes minutes before the program get through. It has not always been like this, but lately the problem is there most of the time. I can go and do some other work and get back again before it is finished.
Is there any thing wrong with the program?
PS! Thank you for your quick replay on my question earlier this month.