Thursday, January 31, 2013

Watch Out for Dates in Mocavo Trees === > FIXED!

I uploaded my family tree to Mocavo early on when they first offered the service.  I rarely receive emails about the information on Mocavo...but I did today.

My wife's cousin, Bonnie, went searching for information about some of her Norwegian ancestors, and found a strange thing about her ancestor, Ågota Botolvsdtr (1712-1788).  Here is my RootsMagic screen for the Botolv Eriksonfamily that includes  Ågota:

As you can see, I don't have birth or death days for most of the events for that family.   Ågota was born in 1712 and died in 1788.

Here is the screen that my cousin saw when she searched for  Ågota Botolvsdtr and found my tree entry on Mocavo:

 Ågota's birth is given as 31 Jan 2013, and her death is given as 31 Jan 1788.  She died at age minus 225!  Her father's birth date is given as 31 Jan 1664.  Her mother's birth date is given as 31 Jan 1669 and her death as 31 Jan 2013.  Wow - she died on her 344th birthday!!

Obviously, something is wrong with the date algorithms in the Mocavo family tree system.  The current day, current month and sometimes the current year is inserted when there is an entry for only the year in a family tree.  I sure hope that they fix it soon so that researchers can trust the information in these trees.  

Disclosure:  I have a complimentary Mocavo Plus subscription to Mocavo, which I appreciate.  It does not affect my objective evaluation of the website.

UPDATED 3:30 p.m.:  Just received an email from Mocavo that says this problem is fixed.  That was fast - thanks, Mocavo.  Here's a screen shot:

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