Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FamilySearch Announces Plans to Release Hinting Feature

Hinting is coming soon to FamilySearch Family TreeFamilySearch will soon release a feature called ‘hinting,’” according to David Green, FamilySearch spokesperson. It sounds exactly like Ancestry.com “shakey leaf” hints.

FamilySearch’s software is busy comparing all its indexed historical records to people in Family Tree. “When you go to an ancestor’s page we will show you what we have found just for that person amongst our vast collections of records,” wrote Green.

Users are concerned about false matches by hinting systems. New users of Ancestry.com’s hinting feature have been known to accept hints indiscriminately. FamilySearch has said it will only show high quality matches. But hints are only as good as the information in the tree. Entering information about your ancestors and keeping it correct and up-to-date enables the hinting system to return good hints.

Used with the enhanced attach feature, hinting will make it easier to extend the tree by adding individuals mentioned in records for family members already in the tree. Simple clicks not only add them to the tree, but attaches the sources wherein they were located.

According to Green, the new feature will be available “in just a few weeks.”

To see all Green’s comments, see “Family History Research Keeps Getting Easier!” on the FamilySearch Blog.

1 comment:

  1. So what it boils down to is familysearch hints are ever so much better and ever so much more accurate than ancestry's hints. There is no difference, people!! You have to look at the substance of the hint!

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