Why dont we add name inline to gedcom merge page

+4 votes
I upload a Gedcom and then Wikitree finds potential matches that I need to check. It seems the matches are based on dates and surname, first names do not make much difference which is fine as first names are often different on different documents.

But the annoying thing is I have to check each potential match by opening a window looking at the details and then rejecting/matching. In most cases I can see immediately from the first names that it is not a match, it would be much better if the whole name was visible on the main page so if its obviously different I could then reject it there and then without having to open the popup window.

Its particulary annnoying when adding people with popular surnames (such as my own Taylor surname) as there are often many matches that needed to be checked, and repetively having to open window, close window ... is not good for rsi.
in WikiTree Tech by Paul Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (16.0k points)

2 Answers

0 votes
Hi Paul,

The first name should not be ignored. All the name fields should be relevant for ranking matches. I'm not sure why it would appear otherwise.

I'll add it to the to-do list to consider how we're displaying names on the GEDmatch report.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Sorry it doesnt ignore first name, but it does return names that I can clearly see are incorrect. For example in my gedcom I have a Charles A Taylor and the possible matches given include:

Charles E. Taylor

Max Charles Taylor

Oswald C Taylor

Charles H Taylor Jr

Charles Leroy Taylor Jr

Clearly ( to a human) most of these are not a good match, although I would further check the Charles E. Taylor just in case.
+2 votes
I think what would be nice both for merges and for entering new profiles would be for further info to appear when you hover over the proposed match.  I checked and it doesn't appear that that happens, but it does appear when you hover over g2g questions and other places as well.  But having say places and spouses would be very useful when trying to evaluate matches.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (410k points)
Thats a good idea, and gets round the lack of space issue

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