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"Smart Matches 101"
David Black
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A few points to make my life and yours easier:

1) Use "Family Tree Builder" free downloadable program (and upgrade to the premium version),

2) If a person was born over 100 years ago, mark them "DECEASED",

3) Don't upload your tree to the web every day, it increases your duplicated smart matches,

4) If your smart matches get too overwhelming, DELETE YOUR TREE, then republish it the next day (at a minimum of 24 hours later) from the FTB program on your computer.

5) If you do NOT know the persons "DECEASED" date, PLEASE MARK THEM AS DECEASED. (see item 2 above)

6) Make sure you save a copy to GEDCOM each time you publish it. (export to GEDCOM under the file tab)

Thanks,

David

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David,

 About your 4), did that a while ago and that resulted in LOOSING ALL smart matches I had confirmed, LOOSING ALL markings to trees that I did NOT want to be compared to and to have to start ALL OVER AGAIN to confirm/deny 224 462 matches!!!!!!

So..... instead of getting LESS matches I got back ALL matches I had confirmed/denied the past 9 months.

Jack

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David Black
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Thanks, Glad to know that. I build everything through the FTB software. The only thing I lost is my photos. All my records are scanned and saved as a JPEG, PDF, or DOC file so I always have them. I do know eveything I save to Ancestry does not upload through GEDCOM. Maybe I need to buy that program also. Thanks for the info.
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Margaret Elizabeth Wilson
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Why export to GEDCOM from FTB after publishing to MyHeritage site?  I always create an FTB backup including photos.  I typically only use GEDCOMs to export data to other software or genealogy sites.  Just curious as to why you recommend GEDCOMs.  :)

 Thx!

 

Margaret

Margaret Elizabeth Wilson
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David Black
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Ignorance I guess. Or newbe maybe since I have only been researching my family tree for a few months. I started with the program and found importing it via GEDCOM to Ancestry, Archives, and others I find more info links and find errors and/or corrections to my original start. Basically since I am a newbe, I know of no other method except to retype everything. It does have its drawbacks as not everything goes over. Any pointers would be appreciated. chieffmo@mail.com
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Margaret Elizabeth Wilson
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Thank you for your response, David!  No harm in making extra backups.  There have been more than a few times I've been glad to have an extra.  I've been working on genealogy for a few years now, but I'm still fairly new at it, as it's only been the last few months I've found much useful info.  It's seems new records are scanned and indexed all the time, so perhaps that's why I've found some real facts after a long break from genealogy.

Anyway, I just asked because I thought perhaps I was missing an additional benefit of creating GEDCOMs.  So thanks so much for your speedy response.  :)

Best,

Margaret

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