Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How Many MyHeritage Record Matches Do I Have?

Every once in awhile, I check out the number of Record Matches on my MyHeritage family tree.  I uploaded a new tree to my MyHeritage account several months ago, with 49,845 profiles.  I haven't confirmed or rejected many of them, but the number of Record Matches by record source is interesting.

The Record Match page tells me that I have 115,074 matches in 200 pending sources on MyHeritage.  Here is the top of my "Pending" Record Match list:

The top 20 sources, by number of matches, are:

1)  FamilySearch Family Tree - 35,618 matches.  That's 71.4% of my tree persons are in the Family Tree.

2)  WikiTree - 20,216 matches.  That's 40.6%.

3)  Geni World Tree - 18,681 matches.  That's 37.5%.

4)  U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - 2,997 matches.

5)  U.S. Public Records Index - 2,811 matches.

6)  1930 United States Federal Census - 2,785 matches.

7)  1920 United States Federal Census - 2,542 matches.

8)  1900 United States Federal Census - 2,478 matches.

9)  1910 United States Federal Census - 2,466 matches.

10) 1940 United States Federal Census - 2,326 matches.

11)  1880 United States Federal Census - 2,318 matches.

12)  Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915 - 1,892 matches.

13)  1870 United States Federal Census - 1,841 matches.

14)  1860 United States Federal Census - 1,785 matches.

15)  1850 United States Federal Census - 1,736 matches.

16)  United States World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918 - 1,067 matches.

17)  England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 - 906 matches.

18)  BillionGraves - 782 matches.

19)  California Deaths, 1940-1997 - 775 matches.

20)  Everton Pedigree and Family Group Sheets - 483 matches.

I was not surprised by any of the top 16 sources and number 19.  I have used them extensively using Ancestry.com to source events for my tree persons over the past ten years.

The surprises on this Top 20 list are BillionGraves (wow, I need to mine this source on MyHeritage) and the Everton Pedigree and Family Group Sheets (really, only 483 matches on this source?).

Apparently, MyHeritage has no other Massachusetts vital records collection - it has only the Marriages.  There are very few New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania collections available on MyHeritage.

I've started "mining" some of the collections near the bottom of the list of 200 sources that are unique to MyHeritage - like the Newspapers collections, and adding the source information and citations to my RootsMagic database.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary tree and data subscription from MyHeritage, which I appreciate.  I have accepted meals and travel expenses from MyHeritage over the past ten years.  

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