Someone has hacked my families records and posted them under the wrong husband, wife and/or family members within Familysearch.org! Will I need to delete the information and start over again? How can I remedy this situation?
Dear @JACQUELINE OGLESBY GILBERT ,
Here the entire procedure for reversing changes.
It is usually a good idea to reach out to the other user since—like you—he or she likely feels a strong attachment to the ancestor. Perhaps you can work together to achieve a fuller, richer account of your ancestor than you would if you work by yourself.
I hope this can help!
Incorrectly attach relationships can be corrected by removing that relationship. If a person has been incorrectly attached to the wrong spouse, click the little pencil icon in the Family Members section of the person's detail page. Then click "-Remove or Replace" give a good reason statement and save. To remove a child incorrectly attached to the wrong parents, click the pencil Icon in the child's box in the Family Members section and Remove or Replace that relationship.
If you need more specific help you will have to post the PIDs and clearly point out what you think is incorrect. You can also Message the person who made the change and start a dialogue with them to correct any errors.
Help Article 1463, How do I correct parent-child relationships in Family Tree? https://www.familysearch.org/en/help/helpcenter/article/how-do-i-correct-parent-child-relationships-in-family-tree
Help Article 1432, A person in Family Tree has the Wrong Spouse, https://www.familysearch.org/en/help/helpcenter/article/how-do-i-correct-parent-child-relationships-in-family-tree
Keep in mind that FamilySearch Family Tree is based on historical records. So if the persons are living then the profiles need to be deleted. Otherwise, either (a) the records need to be detached from the wrong person profiles and attached where they belong, or the profiles need to be revised to match the attached historical records.
Very often situations like this are the result of novice users here finding a profile that almost matches their own ancestor, but actually documents some other person, and the novice tries to build their family around it. One way to resolve this situation peacefully is by finding or building the novice's intended family for them. If you choose to do this, you will likely sharpen your genealogy research skills, an added benefit to you.
As an example of what @dontiknowyou suggests, I recently discovered another user had added sources to a family of very similar identity to a family (sharing same given names and surnames) in one of my branches. Not only did I detach the census records, etc., she had attached to her relatives in error, I found the records / sources that were / are relevant to her family, and attached them appropriately.
You don't always get a positive reaction in these cases, but - after sending this person a polite message, explaining / justifying my actions in detail - she replied with a very pleasant note, explaining she was new to Family Tree and thanking me for the help provided.
This is a collaborate system - people dont need to hack into the system to make changes to your ancestors.
this is an open public system where each of us work with a single database with billions of person records - that each of us can edit or update.