Reader Larry asked this question in Monday Genea-Pourri – Week Ending 10 May 2021 last week:
"I find that when I try to resolve the hints by reviewing them, more hints are added to my list. It looks like I will never get through the list in my lifetime unless I just ignore them one at a time. What say you!"
1) Yes, the statement is exactly correct. In fact, every time you make a change to a profile in your Ancestry Member Tree, Ancestry’s search engine tries to find more Hints for you – Record Hints, Photo Hints, Story Hints, and Other Ancestry Tree Hints. And they store them in the "Hints" page for that person. For example:
The Hints are either "New," "Undecided," "Ignored" or "Accepted."
As you can see, every field except the last name in the Search Filters are broad. The Last Name field includes the maiden surname all married surnames of females. The user can adjust the sliders as they wish from Broad to Exact.
On the left side of the screen above is the list of possible Search Filters – I have chosen to not include Pictures and Family Trees.
As the recipient of over 149,600 Record Hints at present (with about 63,600 profiles in my Ancestry Member Tree), I know I will never finish the Hint list. If I did nothing but resolve 100 Hints a day (reviewing the Hint information, adding an event/date/place/note to my tree, crafting a source citation, and accepting or rejecting the Hint), it would take me over 4 years to finish the list. If I do it within my Ancestry Member Tree, more hints will be created and the Hint treadmill continues.
4) My process is to work with the Ancestry "All Hints" list (found by clicking the down arrow next to the tree name in my Tree):
* Use the "Records" Hints to add information to my RootsMagic family tree database.
* For each Hint, determine if the Hint is "useful" to me and should be added to my tree. I concentrate on records that are birth, baptism, marriage, divorce, death, burial, military, probate, passenger and citizenship information that I don’t already have, or for which I don’t have a source citation. Other information is helpful but I generally don’t source the collections like "Index to Public Records," "Millennium File," "City Directories," "School Yearbooks," etc. – I review those for my ancestors but not my collateral lines.
* I add the Event, Date, Place, and Source Citation to my RootsMagic file. Unless the Hint is for an ancestor, I don’t download the record image or record summary.
* When I’m done with a Hint, I Ignore the Hint so I don’t have to deal with the Ancestry process of Accepting the Hint, adding information to my Ancestry Member Tree, etc. That takes time, and the Hint stays in the "Ignored" list so I can find it if I need to.
I review the "Photos" and "Stories" Hint lists occasionally, but not the "Member Trees" list.
Generally, I can deal with about 100 Hints in an hour, but extract information from about 20% of them. In many cases, I just have to craft a source for an event that previously didn’t have one. I often work an hour or two almost every day resolving Ancestry Hints.
5) Every week, I "TreeShare" my RootsMagic file with my Ancestry Member Tree, which synchronizes information for each changed person. In a typical week, I will update or add 200 to 300 profiles to my Ancestry Member Tree.
Of course, doing this stimulates the Ancestry algorithms to find even more Hints, so it becomes a treadmill activity. It’s not unusual for me to have to deal with the same profile for two or three weeks as I add more information to a profile.
My view is that I want to add all new persons and update information for existing persons in my RootsMagic family tree, and add information to my Ancestry Member Tree using "TreeShare" in RootsMagic. My Ancestry Member Tree is temporary – I can and will upload a new tree, again using RootsMagic "TreeShare," on occasion.
How do you deal with the Ancestry Member Tree Hints?
Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from Ancestry.com, for which I am thankful. Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.
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Posted On: May 18, 2021 at 01:24PM