Have been following the conversation with great interest as my experiences
have been replicated across the full spectrum so my response is a
mixture. My tree on Ancestry is private. It was the only way I could get
certain information from near relatives. This then allows me to invite
anyone who is interested as a guest so they can see the documentary
evidence on the understanding that photos and private documents are no to
be copied to a public tree; only two people have bot complied which has
caused me problems.
My approach attempts to be sensitive and respectful of the work these
people have undertaken yet the responses have been as varied as those
described. Two examples of the positive variety. Having pointed out the
documentary evidence on their tree regarding the death registration of my
great grandmother the person concerned removed the same reference for her
great grandmother and thanked me. The other was an approach out of the
blue to the great granddaughter of a great uncle who knew nothing of her
ancestry beyond her grandfather. She was delighted to receive the details
of the family going back to Ceredigion as she only knew about the
Manchester facts and we are now very good friends.
Now an example of an indifferent result. I contacted a person who had some
wrong information from four and five generations back who was not happy but
was prepared to enter a conversation. I gave him access to my tree and he
garnered what he needed and was grateful. Recently he has altered the
material in his tree on Ancestry back to the original mistaken version
thereby rejecting my documented version.
A third scenario concerns another descendant from a common ancestor who
having originally placed that information on that tree changed it while we
were talking about it on the grounds that my tree was private whereas
another one was public and he could see it. I sent him all the documentary
proof and offered to make him a guest on my tree and he has steadfastly
rejected to alter his stance.
Of course I have a number of people who have been plain rude and told me
where to get off. If their tree is a public one on Ancestry I then post a
comment on the appropriate person for others to take note and I find this
works wonders as the information is soon altered. After this happens I
remove the comment.
All the best to everyone
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:21:28 +0100
From: yr achwr <achwr(a)fsmail.net>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] The Written word.
To: robert williams <robert.williams94(a)gmail.com>, dyfed(a)rootsweb.com
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Been there done that and had the T-shirt, or should I say the in the
That is why I prefer to use a Pseudo Name when posting to the list.
Anonymity means that I can be brutally honest, without fear or favour.
I have no interest in protracted correspondence with those who "know
better", without any documentary evidence to back their stance.
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
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.
Where do you draw the line?
Message Received: Mar 19 2012, 06:05 PM
From: "robert williams"
Subject: [Dyfed] The Written word.
Many Years ago I had an E.Mail off somebody who had traced their family
history using nothing but the I.G.I; Their facts were therefore based on
what somebody else had told them,and more importantly, NO research in to
the Actual Parish Registers had been done whatsoever. How did I know that?
Because I had the Parish Registers here at home. Well,Photocopies of the
originals,but the closest you could get,and much better than depending on
Heresay,and wishful thinking. Well,You should have heard what I was called
after correcting their errors! I was in no way correct as far as they were
concerned,as the Mormons or their transcribers more likely, would Never get
it wrong! Besides which,They didn?t like the truth thrown their way,coz it
didn?t look half as good as they had it written down! Cheers Graham.
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