Who has permissions to edit people in my family tree including me? Can anyone do that? I don't understand the permissions model here.
A person profile that you create and mark living can be edited only by you. It can also be seen only by you. All other profiles, except those locked so no one can edit them, can be seen and edited by everyone.
How do you lock your info. Someone went in and edited several of mine when I have all the documents proving my ancestry and now my tree is pretty much useless. I don't want to have to start over with a new tree. I am really upset by this being allowed without even contacting me.
It is all one tree, and you don't get to lock it. The tree stabilizes when there is consensus about it. Usually when there is a large scale change, that means there is some confusion in the tree. Not saying you are confused or the other contributor is confused; it can be more complicated than that.
If you share a person ID (PID) here, the regulars can take a look and help you resolve the situation.
The Family Tree on FamilySearch is an open-edit collaborative endeavor. Nobody has their own private tree here: nearly all profiles marked "deceased" are available for anyone to edit, and it's all just one tree, intended to have one and only one profile for each deceased person.
Being an open-edit, wiki-style environment also means that all changes are carefully tracked -- and therefore can be undone without needing to re-enter anything. A profile's Change Log is accessed by clicking Show All under Latest Changes, in the right-hand column of the Details page.
@spinlouet The reference to a locked profile is a reference to a few that are marked "read only." Generally those are famous people and/or pioneers of the LDS Church.
Here are two of the many memos that Julia is referring to: https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/online-family-tree and https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/getting-started-with-familysearchs-shared-family-tree
Also you can read about the shared tree under the Overview tab in Family Tree: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/overview
@Robert2211 Thank you for reaching out to FamilySearch Community although I dare say you may now be feeling confused by the various responses. Let me try to clarify.
First and foremost you don't have a private and personal "Tree" in FamilySearch Family Tree. As has already been said, this is a global tree of which your family of living relatives and deceased ancestors are a collection of 'branches' within the overall tree. A characteristic of this 'collaborative' tree is the possibility of others, related or unrelated, to 'edit' information already submitted by you or another member of your family. This will no doubt frustrate / annoy / anger you, especially if you have gone to the trouble of finding and attaching sources to your information. Unfortunately some contributors to the FamilySearch Family Tree are not as diligent as yourself and will quite happily enter information based on the flimsiest of evidence.
Secondly, If you want an individual, 'private' tree you will need to recreate it using one of FamilySearch's partner organisations such as "Ancestry" or "Find My Past" or "My Heritage". If you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you can get free membership with some of these so it needn't cost you a lot of money. It is also a good idea to have one of these 'accounts' as a back up to FamilySearch Family Tree to avoid the possibility of losing information at some point in the future.
Thirdly, all information you enter on living relatives in FamilySearch Family Tree remains private and unsearchable by 'others' until they pass away. At that time they are no longer protected and can be accessed by 'all and sundry'. However, if you attach 'Memories' in the form of photos or stories about these living relatives they can still be accessed.
Fourthly, as often as someone changes your tree, you can undo the changes and put it back the way it should be, or the way you think it should be. Be mindful that other people with an interest in your common ancestors may feel just as justified in their version of the tree as you do in yours. A friendly approach to them may avoid a lifetime of hostility and reversing their unwanted changes and it could be that you will then be able to collaborate with them and work together in exploring new branches of your shared ancestry. Better to be friends rather than enemies.
Fifthly, the links posted by Gordon Collett above are definitely worth opening and reading / viewing. They will really help you understand more about FamilySearch Family Tree.
I hope that between us we've been of some help but don't hesitate to get back to us if you have any further questions.
John L. Kennedy.
This is a "Collaborative Family Tree system"
People do NOT have private family trees here.
Please consider watching these videos
THE COLLABORATIVE NATURE OF FAMILYTREE
MAKING THE MOST OF FAMILYSEARCH
How do I edit a name on my tree? My grandmother appears with a middle name that is not correct! I can’t find how to edit. Please help.
You simply click on the pencil icon (representing the Edit function) alongside her name. After that, you will be able to change and SAVE the detail you have edited.
Clicking on "Edit" icon (on Details page) leads you to page below. You note I have now changed the surname spelling from Rae to Reay:
You might wish to provide a reason statement (in the box provided), especially if you feel anyone might dispute your change.