Chris,
You could see the tree detail as you went into by invitation. It's not MH's fault that your distant relative has entered bad data - or only partially if he accepted "Smart Matches" and "Discoveries" without checking.


I think perhaps you didn't get into the full search. My problem with MH is that for my areas of research (England and parts of Australia) it was only a search engine - but a very good one with results to free databases on FamilySearch and free Trove newspapers. I no longer have a MH subscription and my investigation is proving correct in that I get very few MH hints unless I have the Smart Match section on (the hinting is split so you can turn off Tree matches).

Online trees everywhere are as good as the researchers. MH trees have a lot of rubbish trees and some very good ones.

Cathy

Chris Hill wrote:

While this is not a Legacy question, since MyHeritage is now the new
owner of Millennia it might be worth asking about their system.

Now I have never used MH until just now, but I did have an email from
a distant relative of my wife, in France, inviting me to see their
tree on MH. So I just went in, as a non-registered user.

Immediately, I could see their tree in detail and any changes being
done to it by other users. I also found that my sister-in-law was
flagged as being deceased (she is not). The amount of information
being shown was minimal, but I don’t know if that is down to MH or to
the originator.

One of the claims that MH makes is that it has very good links between
trees, data bases etc and that it can find links that you would not
easily find. The reverse of that is that it will give you a massive
list of total incorrect information. Getting to the search is
difficult, since the site is driven to ask you to create a new tree,
but there is a search link buried at the bottom of the front page.

So I decided to look for my wife’s great-great-grandmother, born 1821
in France or Germany, died 1905 in Paris – so there should not be very
many matching records. Ancestry, signed in, gives me 30 census records
and 82 BMD records – MH gives me a list of 1559184 census and 2334202
BMD records. Why – because I did not make search look for exact
records. If I do that I get 13 trees only.

The ability to make control of the search is minimal – cannot even set
a date range. Looking at the returned data, it is obvious that surname
Marcan was treated as Morgan and other versions, with no ability to
limit that. I specifically used that name because I know that the
family name is very rare.

At that point I gave up, and is that the information that the Legacy
V9 links are going to show me.

Regards

Chris
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