I havent loggin in a bit but I logged in yesterday to find all my work was gone. Someone had merged all of my family files snd mine were deleted. I really hate this feature. I feel violated. I feel like recreating my tree and remerging back and deleting their tree. Is there a way to protect yourself from this??
Remember it is a collaborative tree and there will be combining and merging as each person should only have 1 profile and the profile that remains can be kept for a variety of reasons. The person doing the merge makes that decision. For myself I consider several factors such as keeping the oldest, first created profile or maybe it was the best documented with the most sources and family members attached. It is always a good idea to have your own tree kept on private software on your own computer which no one changes but you and then you can work together in the FamilySearch tree and learn more about your family as others may also be working on that line. I especially love when stories and photos are shared.0
So now all my difficult research is in someone elses name. When I try to connect with my research profiles it says "deleted"?? No thank you. The first person who created a profile should have the person ID number attached to that relative forever. This is a roller coaster game. I'll not share anything again.0
I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
As has already been proffered ...
And, of course, in hindsight ...
You are not alone ...
It is very much unfortunate, that MOST new (and, some old) Users/Patrons DO NOT understand the basic 'nature' and 'premise' of "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', when they join in.
Which is that ...
We do not have our OWN "Tree" in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
We ONLY have "Branches" (ie. Ancestral" lines), that are interconnected, in this SINGLE "One" World "Tree", for all of us, that is "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
"Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' is NOT like 'On-Line' "Websites" (eg. "Ancestry_com"; or "MyHeritage_com"; or, the like); and/or, 'standalone' personal (computer) programmes (eg, the OLD, now no longer supported, "PAF"; or, "Ancestral Quest"; or, the like).
We DO NOT have "Private"/"Personal" 'Trees' in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' like other 'On-Line' "Websites"; and/or, 'standalone' personal (computer) programmes.
We do not even, own; or, manage; and, are NOT even responsible for, the "Deceased" individuals/persons in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
And, most importantly ...
We DO NOT even, own; or, manage; and, are NOT even responsible for, Our OWN "Deceased" Ancestors/Family/Relatives in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
"Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' is built on a "Open Edit" Platform - hence, why any registered User/Patron can "Edit" (ie. Add, Delete; and/or, Change) ANY "Deceased" individual/person in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
As such ...
One might say that, "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', is ONE "Communal" Working Database, that connects/links us together; as opposed to, the Other PERSONAL/PRIVATE Working Databases, that are NOT connected/linked.
It is said, that "Collaboration", is the KEY to the success, to "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', which it is.
There are certainly pitfalls, with the basic 'nature' and 'premise', of "Family Tree", of 'FamilySearch', with working in a SINGLE "One" World "Tree"; and, such is not for all.
That is WHY ...
MANY; Many; many, Users/Patrons, of "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', STILL maintain, their OWN Personal (and, often, PRIVATE) "Copy", of their "Ancestral" Lines, in the various OTHER, 'On-Line' Websites; and/or, in the many 'Standalone' Databases.
I know that this will not help; but, I hope that this gives you some more, insight; and, perspective.
ps: Of course, regardless, you know that you can STILL remain a "Registered" User/Patron of 'FamilySearch'; at least, for searching the available "Records" in 'FamilySearch'.
Greetings and Solicitations, Brett,
Yes, I've now been versed by many that its a collaboration. Yet the word collaboration should certainly imply partnerships, teamwork, etc. It doesn't seem to work in that manner.
No Family Search member has ever contacted me to "collaborate", or ask if they can merge my info into theirs. My research is now credited to someone else who isn't even a relative. All my family person ID or profiles, or whatever they are called, were deleted when "merged". Yes, I have a tree on Ancestry (private) and on my own software program.
I'm not your usual desk chair family historian. I've walked through a cattle field in Missouri to locate my GGG grands stone; I tromped through the Appalachian woods in search of old cemeteries. I rummaged through the Library of Virginia, and the Maryland National Archives .
I was heading to England to visit the London General Registry Office to read old Anglican and Quaker records, and the lists of transported Jacobites. Covid stopped me, but I'll make it there soon.
I'll never share with Family Search members again. I've deleted what remained.0