Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sloppy Trees

Okay, when dancing with the ancestors, to me at least, it's important to get your facts as correct as possible before publishing the information . . .on Ancestry or anywhere. Check, double check, triple check and, if still in doubt, make a note so other researchers know that you're not positive of the information you're putting out on the web.

Now, I'll admit, my Ancestry tree probably has some incorrect individuals. As I go along, dig a bit deeper, I have removed certain individuals. There are points where I just stopped on a branch of the family tree because I couldn't confirm the information beyond that generation.

This is responsible research, people.

So, why am I ranting about this today? Well, clicked on one of the lovely green leaves Ancestry sports to notify members of a potential hint for that ancestor. I scrolled through the family trees and . . . WRONG information that couldn't possibly be correct!

Seriously people, they put the birth of a child of my great-great grandmother as being 1760. My great-great grandmother must have been a remarkable woman to give birth to a child . . . before she was even born! Yes, before she was even born.

It's not rocket science, people. If the relative you find on some family tree on Ancestry doesn't gel with the dates, as in the child is born before the parent, then you don't have to link that relative to your family tree.

When wrong people are linked to a tree, when dates don't gel, it makes research for others a wee bit more difficult.

Just sayin' . . .


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