Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Looking for Cousins in MyHeritage Smart Matches - Post 2: Communicating With a SmartMatch

This post is a continuation of Looking for Cousins in MyHeritage SmartMatches - Post 1: Finding Smart Matches which I wrote on 2 May 2014.  In the first post, I got as far as finding a specific Smart Match - which is basically someone else has a MyHeritage tree with the same person I have.

Now what can I do with that MyHeritage Smart Match, and how does that help me find a relatively close cousin?

1)  One Smart Match for my mother, Betty (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), was to a "Kemp Web Site."  Here is the comparison of data between the two trees:

2)  There is a question at the top of the screen asking "Is this the same person?" I can click on the green button to "Yes - confirm this match" or the black button to "No - reject this match."

Since the information in the two trees appears to be identical, I decided to "Confirm" the match.  The "Confirm a Smart Match" screen appeared and looks like this:

The screen above says:  "You are about to confirm a match between Betty Virginia Carringer (Seaver) in your tree and Betty Virginia Seaver (born Carringer)  in a tree submitted by Henry Kemp."

I have two choices:

*  Send Henry a message so he can confirm it too.
*  Invite Henry to be a member of my site.

I can also enter information about the matched person if I choose to.

3)  I clicked on the "Request membership" button and the blue "Confirm match" and had the opportunity to send a message to Henry requesting membership in his site:

After clicking on the "Submit" button, I was back to the comparison of information in the two trees (first screen above).

4)  On the first screen above, I clicked on the blue "Copy and Edit details" button on the left side of the screen, and saw:

I can copy information from the other tree into my tree.  There are blue arrows to the right of the fields in my tree - for First name, Maiden name, Married name, Date of birth, Place of birth, Alive, Date of death, and Place of death.  There is also a blue button below the list to "Copy all."  When I am done, There is a check box to "Add a source citation to the matching tree."  I need to click the "Save changes" button at the bottom of the screen.

I clicked on the "Copy all" button so that I could see what source citation was added for the copied data.  After I clicked on the green "Save changes" button, I went looking for the source citation, but could not find any reference to the Kemp Web Site, or to sources that the Kemp Web Site used.  Perhaps I'm just not able to find it.  

I also could not find any way to compare marriage information other than clicking on the person in the other tree and finding the spouse to compare spouse's name, marriage date and place to my information.   Again, I may just be ignorant of how to do this.

5)  Note that I can copy this information from the other tree to my tree, but not the other way around.  I don't need to have confirmed this match or contacted the person.  I am not a member of his tree yet. 

6)  This Smart Match comparison process is fairly straightforward and seems pretty intuitive.  It lets me control what I add to my tree.  It provides an opportunity to collaborate with someone who is probably a relatively close cousin of mine.  

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/05/looking-for-cousins-in-myheritage-smart.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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