So on FamilySearch you share ancestors with many people, and there are literally millions of contributors who may be working on ancestors in your lineage. This is one world tree and neither you or I have "our tree" here. If there are contributions to your ancestors which you disagree with, you can edit the information and update it. On the main person page you will see lots of little words "edit" if you are on the old person page and lots of little pencil icons if you are on the new person page. (A software update is in progress.) Just make sure that you have sources to back you up and add the sources to that section of the person page. If sources already exist, study them to make sure it is not YOU that is wrong.
This is a collaborative environment. Don't be afraid to send a message to someone and ask questions. For every piece of information you will see links to names of members who last contributed that information. Good luck!
I started my research about 25 years ago. I am the only one of my family to live in Canada, and almost all my research is in Scotland.
Initially, I went to a family history center located at Aldergrove, British Columbia. In those days, we used floppy disks and sent off requests to Salt Lake City for the use of a film or the copy of a document.
I owe thanks to a nice lady - Sister Pat Simonis from Oregon - who helped me with my family history and gave me a photo of myself she had taken in the Center. But this was all a long while ago, and I am now 85 years old and reluctant to let all my work go to waste. I try to enter the information, which I know to be correct, but keep getting asked questions which just confuse me. Any help or advice would be welcome.
Making changes in FamilySearch is very straightforward. Click on the link below for step by step instructions and other useful Knowledge Articles.
If you contact your local Family History Centre, they will be able to help you out with one to one guidance. However, if this isn't convenient, you can post your specific question here.
After having just spent two full days correcting errors made by an inexperienced user completely mixing-up the identities of two individuals (and their families) I would hardly agree with you that: "Making changes in FamilySearch is very straightforward". It can be a very complex issue, only being "straightforward" when there are just one or two errors that are simple to correct.
There is nothing here to suggest that the problem here relates to correcting parent-child relationships - although I admit that could be the issue. My problem did involve incorrect relationships, but I also needed to sort-out which of the many sources that had been attached to these IDs applied to whom, detach those sources and add to the correct ID (where necessary) and delete many of the entries that had been carried across to the "Other Information" section. The "Help" article which you have provided mentions nothing about the additional actions required when correcting relationships.
Making changes is the part which is straightforward, but correcting errors can be a nightmare.
Thank you so much. As an 85 year-old person, I found Barry's response of very little help. To be honest, it is possible that I am responsible for the error in my tree. It is a question of people having been added in to the wrong generation., so I need to remove two or three individuals and move them up one generation.
I find all these ID numbers very confusing. The instructions seem very complex.
If you could give me any advice or help, Paul, I would be very grateful.
@IreneMitchell2 Hello. Good question. Can you please give me a person ID number related to your question.
When signed into your family tree, go to a person page where your question is apparent, or shows up.
See the person's name at the upper left. Their Person ID number is next to the last name. Please put that ID number in your response to this message.
Then I can take a look at how your question pertains to your tree.
You can also call 866-4061830 and ask to talk to a Family Tree missionary who will walk you through this process.
Thank you for the telephone number. I am not sure that a telephone call would suffice... let me think about it!