Family networking and genealogy site MyHeritage.com has upgraded its Smart Matching technology to add new collaboration features.
Smart Matching finds matches between the people in users family trees on MyHeritage. To date, those trees total more than 680 million people in 17 million trees.
The updates include a new presentation of Smart Matches, plus more efficient organizing and reviewing of matches. The new Consensus Page aggregates data from all Smart Matches, presenting a big picture for each match. It summarizes the names, birth and death dates and places, marriage info, etc., and indicates the number of times each piece of information has been used in other family trees.
SmartMatching works in real time as users enter new information into their trees, as well as offline. Users are notified of new matches by e-mail. The service is free for MyHeritage.com basic members, but those on MyHeritage.com subscription plans also get enhanced options for contacting other tree owners and confirming or rejecting matches. If both tree owners confirm the match, the trees are linked, rather than merged, so each owner retains control of his tree.