I attended a meeting this morning at the NGS Conference with other geneabloggers where MyHeritage described their Record Detective feature. It is described as a breakthrough technology that will save researchers time by finding records in the MyHeritage family trees and record collections without an intentional search.
Users have to have a family tree on MyHeritage (which requires a subscription for a larger tree) and a Data subscription to see the records.
Some highlights of the Record Detective feature:
* It's smart, reliable and unlike anything else. A 97% success rate was quoted.
* For every record you find (with a search, or from a Record Match for a person in your tree), it will identify other records for the person, and other persons (e.g., parents, siblings, spouse, children) linked to the first person.
* It will find this new information by searching billions of records, in seconds.
* It gives you links to the related records and MyHeritage or Geni family trees.
* It is extremely accurate, so you can trust the information and sources.
MyHeritage will have much more information on Monday in their press release.
They showed another new feature - called Record Extraction. From the list of Record Matches found for persons in your tree, you can select Facts to add to your MyHeritage tree from the records. When you Confirm the record match (denoting that it applies to the specific person in your tree), you are given the option to add the facts. For those who have already Confirmed a Record Match (I've done about 2,000 of them already), they can go to the list of Confirmed matches and add the Facts one person at a time to persons in their MyHeritage tree.
I asked about the delay time for a new subscriber who recently added their tree and is waiting for the Record Matches to appear. They said that because of the addition of the 1790 to 1930 U.S. census records that the servers are working fulltime, and there is a one to two week backlog for Record Matches to appear.
When I get home and have access to my MyHeritage family tree I will take a look at it. The Record Matching and Record Detective features are dependent upon the MyHeritage Data collection (which is essentially the same as the WorldVitalRecords collection).
Here is a picture of me with the Record Detectives. They gave us all fake mustaches to wear...funny that the detectives aren't wearing mustaches!
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