It is a good business, if you are an owner of it. You put your family history in, leave the account, and they have all your data forever. How many matches have you seen when the account was not touched in years? The largest concern I have seen is the accuracy and integrity of the data. I have seen Instant Discoveries that were incorrect, data in people trees that are incorrect. Even when you provide the facts and URLs with correct details. When you communicate to the owners, they will not correct their sites. Almost no governace of the data. Wild, wild west. Not really a rip off, just a big unmanaged database.
Thanks for your feedback on this and I totally understand your concern.
The Instant Discovery feature was designed to allow members to easily add branches to their tree with a few clicks online. Many users do enjoy a feature of the sort.
That being said, If you find information that is incorrect from a family tree, we recommend contacting the site manager to debate editing their information. You can contact a site manager in your smart match panel. For more information, please see the popular FAQ:
In the case scenario where you would like to remove wrong information from an Instant Discovery that was accepted, we recommend that you restore a backup of your tree from before you accepted the discovery. This will ultimately allow you to review those discoveries as smart matches for each person that is found in this discovery in your smart match consensus page.
If you find that a match is wrong (sometimes siblings are matched with each other for example), just mark it as rejected.
Marking the match as rejected will help you manage your matches, and will also help us understand that this should not be regarded as a Match in the future. For more details please read the following FAQ articles:
Thank you for the feedback. I have used Discoveries once or twice. Yes, I know how to Reject, however, once you communicate with the person and tell them the error...rejecting could be considered more negative feedback for that person. Now, what if you are related to that person, not knowing prior to the poor match.... you do not want to upset the relatives.... thus an independant review/arbitration would be needed to take place. This would help maintain the accuracy and integrity of the data. Not sure if MyHeritage has this or not, however, it would be helpful.
Thank you for your post here on the forum and I will be happy to explain.
When you upgrade one of your family sites to a MyHeritage Premium Plus family site subscription you get:
* Unlimited number of people to grow your family tree.
* Unlimited storage for family photos, videos, and documents.
* Priority email support to get answers quickly.
* Family Tree Builder Premium – Smart Match Merge, All-in-one chart and interactive maps.
* Special features like Timeline and Timebook.
* Enhanced Smart Matching – confirm and reject matches, contact Site Manager, automatic merge.
* Premium Record Matching to find exciting historical discoveries.
* Access to the MyHeritage collections in SuperSearch to boost your research.
The collections available to you as a PremiumPlus family site subscriber are as follows.
1. MyHeritage Family sites
2. MyHeritage members
3. MyHeritage family tree individuals
4. MyHeritage photos
Through the SuperSearch we also provide access to external records however to view these records requires payment and therefore you are being asked to pay for an extra subscription.
The subscription that will allow you access to these external records is a Data subscription.
A data subscription is an annual subscription that allows you full access SuperSearch and Record Matches.
SuperSearch is MyHeritage’s research tool that allows you to search in approximately 5 billion records records from around the world. SuperSearch includes exclusive records from all over the world that, in most cases, are only available on MyHeritage.
Record Matches automatically matches the people in your family tree to the billions of records in SuperSearch and notifies you of matches. A data subscription allows you to confirm or reject matches, view records and download them.
Data subscriptions is offered on a yearly basis.
I hope this has proven useful to you and should you require any further assistance then please let us know and we will be only too happy to help.
If I pay the yearly subscription and get all the information for the tree in one year, then decide I don't need to keep the subscription cause I don't have anymore information to find, will I lose all data by not paying the following year?
Can a person have multiple trees? Meaning can I start a tree doing my husbands side? I added a few of his relatives and my tree is starting to get confusing. I would like to keep the sides apart instead of on one tree.
So how who I start a clean new tree for my husband's side? He is listed as my husband on my tree of course, but I would like to start over with him as the main person and list his side so how do I start a whole new tree without messing up all the work I did on my tree??? I am so stupid when it comes to stuff like this.
From your home page on MyHeritage point at "Family Tree", from the dropdown list select and click on "Manage trees".
Above the list of your tree(s) details, on the right hand side, there is "Add family tree", click on that.
Replace your details with that of your father and his parents and click "GO" then complet his grandparents details on both sides, after clicking "DONE", MH will try and find some "Discoveries", then will display your embro tree, with "smart matches" symbols for you to expand to your hearts content.
To me it seems best in most cases. For the same reason that huge books are divided into (sometimes many) volumes; it makes using them much easier.
But not for my parents...
I have a separate tree for my wife and for myself. But I could not have done that for my mother and my father as there are many connections between their families. Lots of one family married members of the other without being otherwise related.
So that whichever tree you are viewing you can see where the families come together (with me and my wife), I have put (ONLY) the very close family members in my tree AND my wife's tree; the two of us, our parents, our siblings and their wives or husbands, our children and their spouses.
All the other descendants go in my tree, purely because many have the same surname as me.
All of the data in my FTB tree and my site is in American English. Looking for European forbears, I wonder how best to enter names needing discriticals to assure best results from searching. E.g., how should I enter my 'Buhrman' name, which may once have been 'Buehrmann' ('ue' represents an umlaut 'u')?
Whether or not a SmartMatch is relevant to your search is not a simple question to answer. For one person a record might match even if the name spelling is off by two letters. For another, it might be okay if the birth date is off by a day or two. No amount of programming will be able to anticipate the personal needs of a user in that way. So we leave the answer to the relevance question up to you. In order to do that, we give you the full list of results. They aren't just random though - we rank the results and give you the most relevant matches at the top of the list (just like a Google search).
You decide how far into the list you want to go. By giving you the full list of results you get to choose whether or not it's okay that Isaac is spelled with two AA's or with two SS's or that Patricia's birth place is Singleton or Singletown. We also created the Summary View that allows you see the breakdown of records by collection. Summary View is useful for searching in collections, like newspaper archives.
Newspaper archives won't ever get ranked high in search results because there aren't birth dates, but there might be a lot of relevant information in those records. You can use Summary View to go directly to the newspaper archive and search your family name even though those results might not have shown up in your original search.
Basically, you may enter the surname as you see fit and the system will provide you also with the alternative spellings of the surname.
hello I am trying finish my Wood Family Tree before Christmas while woring 12 hr shifts at least 5 sometimes 6 days a week. Can anyone help me find information on the ones I dont have completed or give me tips on how to get further back on the ones I dont have or have but cant get back any farther, without having to hire a researcher? My goal with this is to give it to my grandparents for Christmas since I have already lost 2 uncles since last year and my grandma had a lot of health problems last year. If anyone can help I would truly appreciate it.
In fact there is such a facility (where you can help others and they can help you; names and requests could be listed) but I don't think the My Heritage people have given it the attention it deserves. With the result that it is nowhere near as effective as it could be.
It could be made more easily found, better set out, and maybe affiliated with the forums more strongly; at the moment it sort of hides and is not readily 'operated'.
I will log out of this and look it up; it is that well hidden and unattractive that I don't remember the lookup details,