I wonder what the base for matching is. In the attached picture you can see a match with 70% reliability. The only match is Gender and Last Name (and perhaps No Spouses and No Children). The Birth and Death Dates are far apart.
SmartMatch Settings doesn't provide any parameters affecting the validity of a match.
I would suggest that a user could request match on: First Name (at least partially), Last Name (exact or sounding alike), Birth and Death Date ( Year or exact).
Furthermore I would suggest that it should be possible to exclude matches below a certain percentage (either fixed (80%) - or user specified)
Has there been any progress on this? It seems to me that SmartMatching has become less smart over the past few months.
As other are experiencing I am getting regular matches which have good name agreement - for example I have had several today for Samuel Rudd but the dates are wildly off (200 years), as well as the firstnames of wife, parents and children.
I too recall having the ability to relax/tighten the Smartmatching but can't find the setting now. I was previously satisfied with the default setting but as I said, it is currently considerably time wasting.
I have a backlog of several thousand matches to which I have gradually been inroads - not much chance of making much progress with a slack matching algorhythm.
The only commonalities are the date span and the first name, Elizabeth. Nothing else matches, not surname, not married name, not husband first name, not parents, not siblings, not children etc. !
Sorry, but I have to ask why am I being sent this?
I have over 3,000 SmartMatches in over 500 matching trees. How many of those are of the quality of the above match which tells me that Elizabeth Betts (Morris) is a SmartMatch to Elizabeth Rhodes (Noffsinger) - with matches of that quality (and new ones appearing on a daily basis) I will never get through oall of the SmartMatches I have.
Has the SmartMatch algorhythm been changed recently? I just don't recall having such bad matches in the past.
Good luck on sorting this out. I will send some other examples as I come across them if you like.