As a relative newcomer to MyHeritage, I am trying to determine the point of "Smart Matching"
If I find a match which appears to be clearly the same person as in my tree, there is usually less information shown on the match than in my tree - what, therefore, is the point of "confirming" a smart match?
Also, I have found a family which is clearly the same as one in my tree, but with an addtiional child, for example, or a birth date I do not have. Why would I add that to my tree if it may well be incorrect - when I checked under the "Sources" tab, all I have seen as a source is "Smart Match" - that is as useless as Member Tree as a source on Ancestry. Sending an e-mail to the tree manger for each and every source is a bit much, I think, as some people say that they have thousands of Smart Matches!
So, can anyone explain the benefit of confirming a Smart Match?
We are happy with My heritage without upgrading. But we are getting people who make smart match errors that are just patently silly. Granddad who died in the 1940's has been erroneously matched in Austalia to a wife of the same name but is dated in the 1850's. That is just plain dopey but we cannot offer info to anyone without upgrading. And we are happy with the system without needed to expand.
I have had some problems with my tree, some was deleted, some was copied, the Sync didn't work and I ended up with nothing but trouble. But with help from the support team, I now have a "new tree", and everything is in order again...
....Or so I thought... All my Smart Matches are gone!!
I realise something like that might happen, because my tree now has a new name, but will they come back??
I have already informed my Site Members that my Smart Matches were reset, and that they probably would get a lot of matches from me to confirm in the future, but nothing happens.....
Will I get the Smart Matches back???
I will happily confirm every one of them, just bring them back, please
And thanks again for your previous help, and for a fantastic site and program,
Our friend from MH is right, they will return. Only problem is, if the same thing happens to you as happened to me, you will have to go back and re-confirm every smart match you've already confirmed or rejected in the past. You're lucky if you only have 460 persons in your tree when this happened. I have over 8,000 in my tree and I lost months having to reconfirm matches. Maybe an update has corrected this bug. I hope so for your sake. Good luck.
They have come back, all of them, and while I only have 460 people in my tree, it's still 1600 smart matches. And yes, i have had to re-confirm them all. But compared to your amount, that is next to nothing, so to speak.
But it was my own mistakes that brought this mess around, so I am just grateful that my site is working again.
Glad to hear you're back on track. By the way, my mother was born in Holloseby, Denmark in 1910 and came to America in 1914, through Ellis Island. I have no idea how she ended up in Texas? Her name was Christine Dorine Johansen at birth. I was just curious to know if that is anywhere close to where you live? Have a great day.
I can't find the town Holloseby anywhere, but I see we have a town called Holløse By, in the northern part of the island Zealand in Denmark (Sjælland)....is that the one?
I live in the opposite end of Denmark, in the southern part of Jutland (Jylland), just 5 km from the german border.
But if you need help to research your mother or other relatives in Denmark, feel free to ask, and I will see what I can do. The danish archives have been great at putting records online, and there is still more to come.
I have corrected the spelling of Hollose. Thanks. I'm afraid I know very little about mom's family. Her parents died when she was only three and she and her four sisters were all adopted by three other families. Mom was adopted by a family named Hansen, who were distant relatives of her parents, the Johansens. Anyway, it was very kind of you to offer. If I find any new info on her that will give me even a hint to her parents' names, etc., I'll keep your offer in mind. Have a great day and Happy Hunting!
I did some digging, and there are several possibilities for Holløse By:
Sorø County, Øster Flakkebjerg Township, Gunderslev Parish - Place name: Holløse
Holbæk County, Merløse Township, Kvanløse Parish - Place name: Holløse
Holbæk County, Merløse Township, Søstrup Parish - Place name: Holløse
Frederiksborg County, Holby Township, Vejby Parish - Place name: Holløse
All of them are located on Sjælland (Zealand), but the last one, Vejby Parish, is in the northern part, and is still there today. I did a quick search on "danish family search", and there were Johansens living in all of the above. But your mothers name didn't come up. I looked through the church books in all parishes, but her name was not there. But perhaps she was just baptised in a nearby parish.
I hope this can give you some clues as to where to look, and help you on your way.
I am a relative neophyte but I do have a vision.It is of a grand, worldwide system that connects all of the main data of all countries.One stop shopping.But because it is so vast, it also contains software that, with a few clicks, you can see a schematic map of where you have visited (e.g. Demark, Torslev parish registers, 1868-1882, record 9-13-22-68) and with another click the search terms you used (e.g. Niels, Niels Peter, Christian, Niels Christian).The problem is that it all becomes a big blurr after a while and you start searching at random wasting you time in places you've already exhausted.
Another nice bit would be if the software was able to tell when you land on the very best match in the megasystem, even if it is not an exact match, and automatically inserts the information in your family tree.
I have developed several personal guidelines for ignoring sites I don't want. I tell it to ignore these sites, but they keep coming back. What is the sense of having the ignore function if it isn't permanent?
Probably the managers are spawning of new trees by Save as for some reason. I have one manager that I counted up to 75 different trees with new dates all the time. Now I have not seen any new trees lately so something has happened. If MH has informed him/her or the manager have finaly stopped spawning of new trees or not used MH lately, I dont know.
One of my criteria is the age of the "tree" with the smart match. I believe many people start a tree then quit. If the tree isn't maintained, it probably isn't very valuable. The manager was probably not that interested in accuracy, either. Good or bad, that's my criteria.
Many sites had their last update 5 or more years ago. I tell the program to ignore and it still comes back. Another criteria is that many sites display almost nothing but "private" for their data. I'm not particularly interested in wasting time on those sites, either. I don't think the dates of a tree should override my decision on whether to take time with a sites S's
IF and I say IF the tree data was accurate then sure maintain the tree and all is good.
I think the user was trying to say that if a discrepencyis discovered, and the user is "gone into the cyberspace" the data is NOT good and the tree is INVALID or at least has elemnts that should be changed.
There is a vast difference between an accurate tree and having THAT data available as opposed to a tree with errors that just get perpetuated and APPEAR to be vindicated just becuse many users have adopted the tree.
Ron, you said, 'I think the user was trying to say that if a discrepancy is discovered, and the user is "gone into the cyberspace" the data is NOT good and the tree is INVALID or at least has elements that should be changed.'
I agree, and that is why I suggested to MH that they allow comments to be 'stuck onto' trees by other members.
I'm not sure if I read your post correctly (I'm from Sweden). If there are discrepencis between an old tree and a new one, what says that the error is in the old tree? I have many cases where I find new errors in trees compared with my data which I entered long time ago and I know that there are no new research data. What I do know is that there are some old research litterature scaned, where new research has proved it wrong, which many people use since they only want to access free books and dont want to spend money on the new research litterature. How do I know that the data is resently entered in the tree? The manager became member of MH after I entered my data.
Also there is new litterature that rest on old research where there now are new findings, so you really need to check out the sources. This was highlighted in a swedish genealogy forum where someone refered to a resently published book and a researcher pointed out that that book rested on old research.
Why is an old tree not updated? Maybe because it is fully researsched and without faults.