Comments on: Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration The official blog of Ancestry Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:54:59 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Stickle Mark Stickle Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:54:04 +0000 I realize that I’m responding to a thread that has been dormant for awhile, but it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so here goes nothing. The process that Crista described as a wonderful example of how it is supposed to work (as well as a reminder that all of us serious researchers will initially get our hackles up a bit when we sense that someone is ‘challenging’ our conclusions). The give-and-take experience is wonderful, and it is what used to make the genealogy community so great. But I have to say that it is a rare experience on Ancestry — we seem to liver in a time when the relentless quest for the Shaking Green Leaf is all that matters. When I send out messages to other tree owners offering to share or compare notes, or asking a question about a common ancestor, the response rate is abysmal — consistently less than 10% of my queries generate even a minimal response. By the same token, I virtually never receive incoming messages from others who are working on my lines. I think it’s pretty depressing. And while it won’t be popular to say it here, I think that at least part of the blame has to go to the marketing philosophy that Ancestry has invested so heavily in.

By: Bruce Smith Bruce Smith Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:15:38 +0000 Great post! Thank you very much, Bruce

By: Lil heselton Lil heselton Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:35:46 +0000 I know we all are hurt when someone “lifts” information we have slaved over and paid for but as someone said before, we don’t OWN any of it (except possibly our stories or analyses). We need to swallow our egos and not let it rule our research.

Frankly I have seldom had a response from anyone with a private tree. They are not willing to share but they are willing to take – I can see when someone copies my info. Even then most private trees do not want to share their info and never respond. I never even check the private trees anymore because I don’t know if they have proven information anyway.

Isnt it more important to put the proven information out there (I even scan in all the documents) – at least the serious genealogists can benefit from it- There will always be the “people gatherers” – they don’t care about proof just how many people they have in their trees.

By: Debbie Hutchison Debbie Hutchison Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:07:04 +0000 My trees are private, because we have seen too many people “borrowing” facts from public trees. And because so many “facts” are not sourced.

Would love to see an third option: a public tree with the “merge these records with your tree” choice dependent upon approval from the original tree researcher/owner, not at the whim of the borrower.

This would encourage more communication and collaboration among members and discourage wholesale patchwork trees “plagiarized” from other people’s research.

Also helpful would be a field automatically added to your tree indicating the tree from which your borrowed information was merged. Sort of a paper trail to document your use of other trees as sources.

By: Char Char Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:08:59 +0000 I love all of the comments. I am new to this process and am learning as I go. I started out with what I knew to be true. Not all of it is document verifiable,yet, but I trust the info my parents and grandparents gave me. I have also learned a great deal from some very helpful ancestry users, who have politely asked me to view their trees,and also let me know when I have errors, which do exist for certain. However, I did not appreciate the insulant comments from one person who told me to get off of her family tree. To the best of my research, we are actually related, but she was so rude I made my tree private again. I guess I don’t understand the need to be hateful about it, a simple bit of info would be so much more helpful. Sounds like you have all been there too, so hope you will forgive me if I step on your tree once in awhile! Happy Hunting!

By: Pat Pat Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:01:52 +0000 Talking about wrong info . My father in law visited a few months ago and we sat down and where talking about different people in his family . His family are from Indiana , and I was asking about people he knew years ago and who married into the family . He mentioned a gentleman named Giant said he married his wife’s mothers sister , think that’s right .lol. Anyway he’s started telling me all about this man, then a light bulb came on and I said , you could not have known him , he died in 1920 . Well between my father in law and my husband , who also said he remembered this man, I had to prove to them he in fact died in a tornado in 1920. They could not believe it when I showed them the records I had. Both where not even born when this man Giant was alive.
I love this story , always bring it up when we are working some one into the tree. If I did not have the documents to prove this , it could have again been transferred incorrectly .

By: Christine Blythe Christine Blythe Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:45:25 +0000 I try to respond to everyone who contacts me, but on the other hand, I’m also not offended if I don’t hear back from someone I’ve tried to contact.

I get it. We all lead busy lives and have different priorities.

I try to respect each and everyone’s feelings and wishes.

That aside, I do believe in open and honest communication and sharing of genealogy information. Through this communication I’ve broken through numerous brick walls and found errors. Heaven knows, I want my family tree to be as accurate as possible.

By: Linda Van Dolah Hanks Linda Van Dolah Hanks Tue, 02 Apr 2013 02:38:25 +0000 I am so thankful that Christa is there just on the otherside of the computer screen. She is a great help to me and my family tree.
Thank you sweetie for being just who you are!

By: Robyn Robyn Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:21:39 +0000 Enjoyed the blog post.

I too have come across a few blatant errors. Would love a web chat on how best to approach. I usually try to contact, explain that my information differs, and ask if they would be willing to share their documentation so I can resolve the issue.

Ancestry allows comments to be added to trees, it is acceptible or viewed as offensive to leave comments regarding different conclusions.

I certainly don’t want to search the wrong tree and hate for others too as well….

By: Claire Claire Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:52:39 +0000 Member Connect is one of the best features of and that is why I am dismayed that (apparently through someone’s software error) all content has been wiped out. We get many emails from ancestry promoting (selling) their various services, but no notice was sent to us regarding this feature being removed. It took 20 minutes on the help desk to find out that there is no way to recover the information — literally years of contacts with no other means now of reaching these people. Very poor customer service and poor quality assurance.