Computer generated links
I am a college graduate (2 degrees) and worked in IT for 40 years, with my main work in writing and implementing search software. I've been building my tree for about 50 years and have used FS since it became available. I teach genealogy twice a month at my local library with emphasis on how to search and have written and had published about a dozen articles mainly on using wildcards in searches. It is my opinion that the use of wildcards does a much better job than computer algorithms that use soundex or whatever. Try V/F(alternate)*rnl*r in a surname search versus Vornlocker/Fornlocker and you will find most of my ancestors with fewer extraneous results. BTW, you can look at my tree at bobv.droppages.com. If you are interested in my approach, please contact me and we'll have a contest.
A specific issue that I have resulted in a recent class. I was demonstrating the use of catalog/place and that a town may have 2 locations with the same. Herbolzheim, Germany was the example. The 2 towns are hours apart in Germany. You have created a database with both towns in it and used both the towns to create trees as if they were the same town. I've also found trees being computer built with the wrong choice of people with the same name.
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records are available online, click here.
Here's an example of the problem:
Event PlaceHerbolzheim, Emmendingen, Baden, DeutschlandEvent Place (Original)Herbolzheim (A. Mosbach), Baden, Deutschland
It should be Herbolzheim, Mosbach. That's where the church is located; it's Catholic. The church in Emmindingen is Lutheran.
Bottom line, computers can only differentiate based on the data included. It's why a human can make a better selection using wildcards than a computer using partial facts.