1) On Using MyHeritage Record Matches for 1900 U.S. Census Records (1 May 2013):
* Delia Furrer asked: "How long does it take to get the smart and record matches if you are new to the site and a Premium Member? You received your new census matches fast. I am wondering if I have done something incorrect."
* Nancy noted: "I'm right there with you Delia . Partly because of Randy's reviews of the product and after watching the MyHeritage RootsTech presentation I decided to purchase it. It's been 15 days and I still have seen no Record Matches and support requests have take 7 days each for MyHeritage support to reply and still nothing is working.
"My file won't sync and it isn't finding record matches ... it's now been 3 days since I've heard back from them. I sure am disappointed."
* Devon Lee said: "I'm glad to know that RootsMagic 6 can add an event, but it is not asking for why. I thought the Family Tree format was requiring why statements. Skipping this step speeds things up. Yet, I question whether RootsMagic users should be allowed to skip this step when website users are not."
* Michael McCormick answered: "Two comments: It does ask why. Look at the screenshot with the pop up that mentions replacing data; look at the bottom field. Neither system requires it, and perhaps it is less eye catching in RootsMagic.
"On a different note, my most recent problems: It does not always add the people I try to add.
"RootsMagic does not create standards inside Family Tree for the facts you edit or add. One immediately apparent downside is that children are out of order because of having no standard date."
"Freestanding genealogical programs could be designed to add a family group, once it was determined that no duplicates already were in the database. However, unbridled addition of GEDCOM files is one of the features that has made the database in both new.FamilySearch and FamilySearch-Family Tree such a mess, with duplicates, erroneous data, erroneous family connections, etc. Indeed, n.FS began with part of its database being such uploaded GEDCOM files.
"At least at present, FamilySearch's preventing such unfiltered uploads to FT minimizes the amount of erroneous and duplicate data that can be added. However, there have been and will continue to be massive errors installed by the determined user of programs that can interface with the FT.
"The use of such programs which speed up the entry process is not necessarily an actual enhancement, since so many personal tree compilers (the vast majority) have not based their data on evidentiary research.
"The designers of FS-FT appear to have a lot of faith that over time the tree will vector toward accuracy. Time will tell whether this belief will be borne out."
"I'm not sure I like the idea of WikiTree or FamilySearch, where it's one tree that all people work on. What is your take on those types of trees? And how do you find the time to put up multiple trees.
"This is beginning to feel like insaneness (if that's a word)."
* Geolover noted: "What he is holding in his right hand is mysterious. A riding crop would not be so thin and would be shorter than the length shown in the image -- with a handle having a loop (think the sort of thing many umbrellas have).
"A fly-fishing rod? I am not sure any were made of metal at that time, and I see no 'eyes' for the line. Fencing foil? It would not be held that way. Something to do with his occupation?"