Barbara, I am also not PRO.
My experience is to use tree view and look for those little symbols top left suggesting matches. A single profile with one of those symbols is quite possibly not a match. But a cluster generally means something. Pick one of those names in the cluster which isn't so common. Put it in the search engine. Find the matches. It has worked for me!
another way to solve them without using the "Tree Match" function, is using a simple search. Yes, if the name of your relative is John Smith, this will NOT work, due to too many matches, but you'll get MUCH shorter lists for less common names. In the search results, you can look at the names in the immediate family column to ignore irrelevant matches as well.
You might be surprised to find your very own grandson in other trees. After all he IS parts of families other than your own (his other grandparents for example). A basic search for "Robert Cox" returns 577 results (304 living). To create a potential tree match, all you need is to match the name of some other immediate family member. i.e. Geni CAN generate a lot of false-matches. If someone else DOES have a copy of parts of your tree in theirs', that alone can account for dozens / hundreds of EXACT tree-matches until merged.
I managed without tree matches for two years. I STILL have 47 of them that I can't resolve...
Can anyone explain to me why this person is getting 495 matches, which seem to have in common with him only the first name "Manuel?:
Whatever change you made to that profile made no difference that I can see. i.e. I still get 495 matches
As for the change, since I don't have edit rights to that profile, I can't see how his name is apportioned among the name sub-fields.
Clearly, Tree Match is matching more than just "Manuel". If I search for "Manuel" I get ~120k matches. Whatever it's doing is a BUG, which needs to be fixed. I'll open a trouble ticket.
Philip - I am now only seeing 1 tree match for that profile at http://www.geni.com/family-tree/index/6000000003583665541.
Maybe what you are seeing is cached?
Philip, it leads me to a screen telling me there is one match, but as I am not PRO I can't see that match.
Based on http://www.geni.com/search?names=Manuel+de+Puga+y+Figueroa, are there two matches?