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The Common Room / Re: New Ancestry hints help
« on: Thursday 15 April 21 19:58 BST (UK)  »
You can stop receiving hints for Ancestry trees by going to your Account (drop down in top right corner under your user name) and then site preferences.

I have turned all such hints off and never receive them so it does work.


Yes, after I posted my comment I remembered that you can turn them off.  It's never bothered me before, but it just seemed to be getting a bit much!  So I have just turned off 'Other Ancestry Members' so that when I see a hint, I can assume it's worth my time to review it.  And I can always turn the other one on again if I want to check if I've missed anything.


The Common Room / Re: New Ancestry hints help
« on: Tuesday 13 April 21 19:13 BST (UK)  »
I think that, in the new hints format, if you click on View Record Page about halfway down in the new right hand column, that takes you to the old format of the record and then you can process it as previously.

The downfall is that you have to do this for each record.

many thanks for your excellent hint   VIEW RECORD PAGE  [I almost missed it] to get back to the former format.  What a relief, that once again I will be able to actually see the two records next to each other and to be able to make my own small tweaks and spelling corrections so that these are not endlessly perpetuated.


You can also just click on the name of the record at the top of that new right hand screen.  Gives you the same info as 'View Record'.


The Common Room / Re: New Ancestry hints help
« on: Tuesday 13 April 21 17:07 BST (UK)  »
It seems to me that a lot of the hints you get are a joke, in the last couple of days I have a hint for a marriage of a 1 year old boy and another for a different 1 year old on an electoral roll.

I am also seeing that Ancestry is pushing other Ancestry Trees on me as 'new hints'!  Most (98%) are ones which I had already dismissed as being either redundant, useless, or just completely wrong.  However, there has been the odd nugget and so I feel compelled to at least glance at them.  It's not like I've anything better to do... LOL.

Ms_C (yes, locked down again - third wave hitting Toronto VERY hard.)

The Common Room / Re: New Ancestry hints help
« on: Thursday 08 April 21 16:21 BST (UK)  »
Is it me or is the new addition to the hints section absolutely useless and time consuming.

Why do we have to go through those steps to check the hints when it was so simple before. ::)

They brought this 'new' hints help feature out earlier in the year (or maybe last year) and there was a thread about it somewhere on RootsChat.  However, in the middle of the discussion, the feature disappeared and I personally breathed a sigh of relief.  And now, it's back!

They have also removed (again) the Name field at the top of a person's profile.  This was useful if they had an alternate spelling of their name, or a nickname.

And yes, no photo hints are being included, so it really is useless and annoying.

(and yes, I'm not in the mood for it today as once again Toronto is on a Stay at Home rule for the next 4 weeks)  :P

The Lighter Side / Re: When DNA Matches can not see a match
« on: Monday 29 March 21 18:36 BST (UK)  »
@ brigidmac

Again, thank you so much for that information.  Something to keep in mind not just for this match, but going forward as well.  I have a few 'interesting' marriages and non-marriages in my tree too.


The Common Room / Re: Looking for people whose families were involved in slavery
« on: Monday 29 March 21 17:53 BST (UK)  »
There is also this site which you may already be aware of:
Legacies of British Slave Owners.


The Lighter Side / Re: When DNA Matches can not see a match
« on: Monday 29 March 21 15:54 BST (UK)  »
@ brigidmac

What would a 'non paternal' event be? 

He appears to be related to my 5x great grandparents on my maternal line.  I still have some work to do to see how far down he is on my tree.  Waiting for a response from my cousin as well.


The Lighter Side / Re: When DNA Matches can not see a match
« on: Sunday 28 March 21 23:37 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, brigidmac.

"He matches some of  of my mum's matches that I don't match
Luckily I know if they match her that it's not a mistake"

I guess I can assume that since he matches my closest cousin, that there is not a mistake!  So we're related on my mother's side, which was our initial conclusion.


The Lighter Side / When DNA Matches can not see a match
« on: Sunday 28 March 21 22:18 BST (UK)  »
I have recently contacted someone who Ancestry says either hasn't done DNA or isn't a match.  Both of us have done a DNA test, and between us, he and I have ascertained that we actually have Common Ancestors.  However, he is still unable to see me (nor I him) as a DNA match!

What make this even more frustrating, is that he can now see my 2nd cousin and her daughter as DNA matches in the Thrulines feature.  I can also see them, but I can't see him.  ???

Might this have something to do with Ancestry's recent purge of matches with less than 8cms?  My cousin's tree is almost identical to mine, so I find this rather irritating.  I will write to my cousin and ask her to let me know what % of a match he is with her, and that might give me a clue.

Any thoughts, Ancestry users?


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