Contact People Editing the Family Tree
yes, there are errors in the Trees but what would be helpful is a way to contact the submitter OR post a note regarding the error. Case in Point: someone has submitted a tree/FS has picked up a MyTree.com tree with over 10,000 names submitted by this 'researcher'. I happened to find an ancestor's name as the father of the bride in the tree etc. This is the wrong connection, wrong child/wrong parents. It took me all of 2 mins. to find the marriage Parish Register and see that my ancestor is not this woman's father. BUT, there is no way seemingly, to contact the submitter (bpereira92591) who is obviously careless, at best.
FS should make this error option available, especially since it has created the helpful (to all) Error submission optional in other areas of the software. We all know of 'name collectors' who create connections, for many reasons, but in order to have some wisp of credibility, the error reporting option needs to be enhanced by FS for trees.
I am not completely clear as to where you are seeing the name (bpereira92591). If it is on a Family Tree page there would be a link in order for you to send an internal message. No guarantee you would get a response, of course, especially if this information was recorded some time ago.0
Most of the comments made in this discussion thread are concerning working with the FamilySearch Family Tree program, rather than working with a "tree" that is available when you search from the Genealogies page at FamilySearch. The message at the top of the Genealogies page provides the following statement"
FamilySearch Genealogies is a large directory of family trees, also known as lineages or pedigrees, that people and organizations have shared with FamilySearch. We organize the information into collections and make it available for you to search.
Since you have not provided the URL for the part of FamilySearch where you are working, and your most recent comment mentions a submitted tree from MyTree.com, which you would access through the Genealogies page, is that where you are working?
If your concern is about inaccuracies that have migrated to the FamilySearch Family Tree from these user-submitted genealogies, it is important to understand that when Family Tree was developed in about 2012, all of the user-submitted information we had was moved to Family Tree. Since the user-submitted genealogies can only be viewed to get hints about our ancestral lines, it makes sense that this information was moved to Family Tree which can be edited by all users.
If you find information that may have been moved into Family Tree that you believe is incorrect, please feel free to make needed corrections. That is one of our purposes for the FamilySearch Family Tree which can be edited by all users.
I hope this additional information is helpful. We are aware that you cannot always find information about a contributor when working with the user-submitted genealogies, and there are not always sources that prove or disprove the information that was submitted by others. You may want to review the following knowledge article from our Help Center which discusses working in this part of the FamilySearch site if your concerns about are about information that was moved into Family Tree without any verification. It will help you learn more about how to use the genealogies as a research tool rather than to provide proven documentation about your ancestors.0
I have the same problem with my family tree, as above. A DNA relative is adding at whim people to the family tree, without an once of verification. I have spoken to him about the consequences of attaching a person to the tree without verification but it just falls on deaf ears.
In my past life I was a database builder ( before retirement) and in my computing university course there was a statement on the wall - “GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT” - and that is what has happened to my tree. And I can not delete the persons, that are NOT VERIFIED, which I don’t believe belong in the tree because of Familysearch programming.
if they were verified data entries I would happily accept the additions. But for now I can only sake my head and feel very upset.
I know I'm late to this discussion and am confused. I detect this whole thread is NOT about the main public tree, but about something separate. Am I correct? Which, as an aside sounds interesting??? Any articles on the said other product?
If it is about the main tree, I post quite a bit of information on people in the tree who 1) aren't family or ancestors; they were family friends of ancestors and 2) the information isn't sourced, it is based off of images and things I have. See the list below! I also have odd children in families not theirs, where they don't seem to belong, because I found a census record said they were living there at that time. In both cases I've edited the relationship away from biological to something else, but the novice will look at it and probably not investigate. Now to the list of information I edit on people who are not my ancestors:
- 1924 graduation from medical school of someone who was a friend of my grandfathers and is identified in multiple photos. I added the photos to the memories of him and his wife and added the occupation information because the specialty information was on the back of one photo.
- 1922 graduation class of all nurses at one hospital. I have the program which listed all names because my grandmother was one of them. I looked each nurse up, attached the photo to memories through tagging and added the occupation information. I have heard from one descendant of a co-graduate of my grandmother who never knew her ancestor was a nurse. It was lost information and the person was very grateful.
- 1924 photo of high school basketball team that won a county championship. My other grandmother obviously adored basketball and her team. All players are fully named on the photo, along with their positions and their nicknames. I looked up each player, attached the photo to memories.
- Potential client information from a business ledger I inherited, 1830-Civil War. I am digitizing each page, looking up probable people based on transaction date, location and age. It is usually pretty easy to zero in on who the person might be. I tag the image with all mentioned on that page. I intend to go back and create occupation information based on what is inferred in the ledger. All of these images are available in an album I created, and I have shared it with a Facebook genealogy page for the county in question.
- Life information found in a collection of biographical newspaper clippings all published around 1890-1900 of elderly people in the town. I am tagging and editing all information necessary to conform with the biography. Complete birth dates and places are provided for every subject in the clippings. In many instances I have added additional children and previous spouses as these clippings are a genealogists dream come true with lots of complete names, places and dates. I have added death places and dates to records, some of which are eye openers. (A person in one clipping remembered the day he first arrived in town because a famous Revolutionary War patriot committed suicide the previous day and everywhere he went people were talking about it. Really???!??? I tagged the patriot's record, by the way.) Currently these clippings are not "sources" but on my to do list is to look up the articles and properly source them. Almost none of them are family.
So far no one has messaged me that I am being intrusive or adding unsourced information.2
Gail Swihart Watson Some people don't even bother sourcing their vital data. That is very 'minimalist'. You might appear a little pedantic, but let me say this: thank the heavens for pedantic people. If I were to find this sort of thing attached to my Family lines somewhere, I would be grateful. Thank you for your effort.
David Gooley tLs2
David Gooley Thank you! You are kind! Yes, I have received several messages from descendants, and all have been positive, thankful messages from people who didn't know their grandmother was a nurse, or didn't know anything about their great grandfather other than his name, and now there is a complete biography in an 1885ish newspaper clipping. I have never received any negatives.0