Comments on: Ancestry Anne’s Top Ten Rules for Growing Your Family Tree http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree The official blog of Ancestry.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:37:17 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Debbiehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-150170 Debbie Sun, 03 Nov 2013 13:49:41 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-150170 You’ve got me “pegged”
This is great advice.
Thank you so much.

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By: Carriehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-139163 Carrie Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:03:41 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-139163 Re: #25 TC

I get hints to other peoples’ tree that may or may not help me. But I have to check them all to learn this. This is supposed to be partly about sharing, a cooperative effort. Other people get hints whenever I add a record or a person. It’s in the member connect utility and I have no control over that. I notice people “following” my lead in several trees. It’s part of Ancestry’s service.

I do my own research and when I find a hint to another person’s tree which includes one of my known family members, I’d like to know how they made the connection. Maybe there is a mistake in my tree, maybe not. Maybe this is a person I want to contact.

I don’t disagree that my tree is just that, my tree, but it would be nice if folks would at least check their math and do the documentation. This is more than a hobby; it’s a lifelong avocation and always a learning experience. It is just too bad folks can’t get a good start. It would be more satisfying to them. I would have appreciated help at the start rather than stumbling around. After all these years, no one does more documentation than I do. I have learned and am still learning as I get into other time frames and places.

So…I do care but as #21 said, I’m not the genealogy police, but I too have had some very good experiences with sharing and helping others. Why should you care if I care. I still think it would be helpful for folks to have a good start.

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By: TChttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-139113 TC Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:04:50 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-139113 Good blog. Too bad not enough people know all this. Maybe it should be required reading before being allowed build a tree. Oops! Can’t do that. Ancestry might lose some paying customers!

Carrie : why should it bother you – or anyone else for that matter – what someone chooses to put into THEIR online tree, or paper tree, etc

If you are doing YOUR own research, their tree has nothing to do with you. I may look to see if someone public tree may be related but only so I can make a contact and see if they have pictures, otherwise, their tree – good bad and possibly mixed up beyond belief – is THEIR tree, and so long as I am watching what I am doing, my tree is as good as I can make it, with the research I put into it.

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By: Linda Guthriehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-139038 Linda Guthrie Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:35:24 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-139038 I had so many incorrect people and floating new people, my tree was a mess. I found all of the correct lines and then added an * after their first name. In this way I could find the correct person in my list of names. As far as information and documents, I save them to my hard disk just in case of problems. It isn’t fast, but I don’t add people and information from trees unless I know everything is correct.

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By: Monikahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138862 Monika Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:52:04 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138862 #22 – I asked a genealogist once why some of my female ancestors got younger with every new census record. He smiled and said “it made them more marriageable”! :-)

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By: FHC Librarianhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138814 FHC Librarian Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:12:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138814 I take issue with Anne’s #7 (not the user’s post). Depending on when the census was taken in relation to the person, the birth record could be correct and the census wrong. I’m very familiar with the Massachusetts Vital Records and have used them long before Ancestry or Family Search had free access to them. Yes, the are some errors in them but when you have a record which is close in time to the person’s actual birth year, that one may be the correct source.

People forget. Who is providing the information to the census taker? You must consider all records and all parts of the records. Who were the parents in the MA VR? Funny how some women didn’t age a full 10 years in censuses for their later years!

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By: Long time userhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138812 Long time user Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:54:01 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138812 Interesting responses in this blog. I have come across many trees that may have one of my ancestors in them connected incorrectly. On a few occasions I have contacted the owner and given correct information with sources. Some have made the corrections but most don’t bother. And the junk part of the tree remains.

Other times I don’t bother correct folks because I’m not sure they would welcome it. One of the big problems I notice is duplications of people. One woman has my fathers’ family with nine of his ten children in her tree about 10 times for each! I mentioned to her there is now a merge utility on Ancestry but she has never used it. I don’t think I’d know how to explain to her how to go about deleting the duplications because she needs to keep at least one of the lines.

Sometimes folks ask to see my whole tree and I feel uncomfortable with the possibility of them making more bad connections with others in my tree. I used to keep all my trees public, but I couldn’t keep up with the copiers and made the important ones private. I really would like to help but I’m not the genealogy police. There have been some good experiences with sharing though.

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By: Mark Thomsonhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138738 Mark Thomson Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:50:05 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138738 Is there a way to delete unconnected “limbs”? Like many when I first started I connected to a lot of rubbish. Later when I got wiser, I pruned my tree by disconnecting questionable “limbs”. Now i have a lot of junk “floating” in my tree and would like to get rid of it but I have no intention of spending hours deleting these dead branches one by one.

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By: Chttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138495 C Sat, 05 Oct 2013 23:13:36 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138495 Re: # !8 Loretta

You are absolutely correct. Funny, I never caught that. Guess I wasn’t paying attention. I usually run my posts through a spell checker because I don’t want to be a bad speller. However there are always typing errors that are real words.

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By: Lorettahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/10/04/ancestry-annes-top-ten-rules-for-growing-your-family-tree/#comment-138424 Loretta Sat, 05 Oct 2013 18:32:29 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=11867#comment-138424 It’s a great post but the shaky “leafs” thing is driving me crazy. “Leafs” is a verb, i.e. She leafs through the pages of a book. The plural of the noun leaf is LEAVES.

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