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Discussion in 'Key features of the LostCousins site' started by webwiz, May 24, 2020.

  1. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    If you've already checked all your entries (ie using the arrows) there's no great urgency to locate the ones with red exclamation marks - since the chances are you haven't made a mistake.

    But if you haven't checked your entries the ones that are flagged are just the tip of the iceberg - for each error you've made that is flagged with an exclamation mark there are likely to be 15 to 50 errors that aren't flagged.
  2. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Superstar

    I had just entered one census household, and then pressed Search. However, the new matches were NOT with this new household, but were in a completely different part of my tree.

    Yes, I'm hoping so. I've pressed the 'Make Contact' button on the My Cousins page and am awaiting a reply. Hopefully they will respond.

    That's a good idea.
  3. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    I include cousins in my tree and colour their icons so that I can see at a glance which ones are DNA matches and which ones I'm in correspondence with. But it may not be possible to do this in all tree programs.
  4. canadianbeth

    canadianbeth LostCousins Member

    I received red marks for the last family I entered the other day. The grey arrow only lists the first five in FMP but if I click on the arrow for the four others it does come up with that same page. The spelling of the family is incorrect; it should be Moss, but was transcribed as Mors for half the family and Mose for the others. That is the way I entered them and put a note with the first one that it should be Moss. Only the Mors are on the FMP page. However, I also have a match for one of the Mose names so hopefully contacting that person will clear up any questions, since it is the Moss name that has me tearing at my hair regarding the contradictory DNA matches.
  5. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    When a household is split across two census pages a census reference search will only show the relatives on the first page; click the Household transcript icon to see the entire household (free when it's the 1881 Census).
  6. webwiz

    webwiz LostCousins Star

    It would be convenient, if it's possible, to see the details of the other entry with which there is a close match. Otherwise if I have checked that my entry is correct and if the other party takes no action the only alternative that I can see is to play around with likely errors (s)he might have made - a lot of work with no guarantee of success. By the way if I get rid of the red ! does it also stop it appearing on the other party's list? If so it would seem better to leave it showing in the hope that the other party will check their entry.
  7. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    All you need to do is check your entry very carefully, making sure that you follow the advice on the Edit ancestor form, then either alter it or confirm that it is correct. Entering incorrect data is counter-productive.
    That depends whether you have corrected your entry or not. If you've confirmed that the information you had already entered was correct then there will still be an exclamation mark on the other member's page (assuming there is another member - there may not be).
  8. webwiz

    webwiz LostCousins Star

    Naturally I would correct it back again before exiting. That does not solve the problem that there appears to be a match with someone who has entered slightly different details (different sites have varying transcriptions, or they may have mistyped) but who looks like they could be a lost cousin, and I cannot communicate with them.

    What would cause that?
  9. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Megastar

    See this discussion - and #8 in particular.
  10. webwiz

    webwiz LostCousins Star

    Thanks Pauline, I had not read that thread (at least I don't remember it). My latest red ! was an entry of a soldier in a barracks containing nearly 2000 men so a near match was quite likely.

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