I must admit I share Gareth's outlook.
I recall coming across people anxious NOT to share their data on commercial sites lest the
owners of those sites claim ownership of their data. Personally, I can't even work out
what that might mean. No-one can really take the knowledge you have developed away from
you, so why not share it as liberally and transparently as you can. That way you maximise
your chance of learning something when someone comes across it and contacts you.
I have had particular success in tracing forward (finding living relatives) through
sharing data on sites like Genes Reunited (though I resent paying a fee). I have had some
happy reunions with second cousins as a result.
I have never had any adverse consequences from sharing my info. and cannot imagine how
anything could go terribly wrong. If anything gets confected from my information then it
will not be demonstrably true and will probably be demonstrably wrong or tenuous, so I
And as for your 'bedside manner' Gareth, we have all observed that over the years
and 'blessed be the peacemakers', I say!
On 20/03/2012, at 10:05 AM, Gareth wrote:
I'm genuinely surprised anyone should feel the need to hide behind a
pseudonym as some form of protection, from ......... ?
Being honest is quite normal behaviour, I assume that the ' brutal ' aspect
you allude to is being overly blunt, or pointed, in your comments.
Over the life of this list I've developed a 'bed side manner' (survival
technique?) which is to soften a contradictory response in some way without
lessening its meaning - it usually works, has it ?
<I have removed my Ancestry from all the various websites where it was once
posted, as I found that so many, would take a name from my tree, and ascribe
descendants that fitted their <requirement, but which were factually
inaccurate.Sharing information, is one thing, contributing to the
dissemination of misinformation by those, who appear to be more interested
in <numbers than accuracy, which is replicated ad-infinitum is another.
I subscribe to the opposite approach and have maintained comprehensive
family trees online for a dozen or so years without becoming aware of the
problems you describe.
Perhaps I'm being naive.
Go on Achwr, reveal yourself, you know you want to really :-)