Hi, I just joined today and have started on my tree. I have 555 smart matches and 77 record matches now. I'm concerned, though, that by confirming the same person I will replace the info I have with the info somebody else has that may have several discrepancies or errors. Does confirming a match replace my info with theirs or just tell them that we have the same person in our trees?
I know there is more than one way to show married and maiden names; and I have no quarrel with that.
I use what to me is the common system.
An actual example from a SmartMatch is probably the easiest way to demonstrate this:
The main person is Mr. Richard Eastwood. And in the 'relations' is his wife, Elizabeth, born Wilcock.
And in my entry she is shown as Elizabeth Eastwood (born Wilcock).
So I show her full married name, with the maiden name in brackets. And because of the word "born", which would have been put in by the program because I do not insert it, it is impossible for anyone to be in doubt as to the exact meaning.
However, the site owner of the 'matching' tree must have her program set to show the full maiden name, with the married name in brackets.
so the actual entry looks like this; Elizabeth Wilcock (Eastwood)
And I have to think very hard, firstly to notice that the names are in a different order and then to figure out what it means; if I am not alert it looks as though a girl born Eastwood has married Mr. Wilcock and I may include it in my tree that way.
So could you (MH service people, who are very helpful and who watch the forum...) PLEASE use the word 'Born' in every case.
In the case of the "other" tree it would look like this: Elizabeth born Wilcock (Eastwood)
I am sure a lot of us have been confused not because the system is different but because it is not SHOWN to be different.
In fact a fundamental 'rule' in a 'matching' system has been breached; information is not shown in a 'matching' way (or in a such a way that there is certainty)