What I have noticed is when it says private, its usually because the site manager has not marked this person as deceased. I usually go into more information on the smart match , and usually the information is there, just have to look deeper than the surface....means it takes longer.
Well...I wouldn't go so far as to give up on smart matches. I have found a good many gold nuggets in the chaff, some major big ones, and made some great genealogical friends with whom I have formed a mutual aid society. The 'private' annoyance thing is a small price to pay.
Hi, I seem to get matches from a fairly small group of members who share relations with me; but few if any of the people in the trees are marked private except if they are still living and I am not a member of the particular tree. Geoff