I do not like that others can access my tree
I too do not like the fact that people can have access to my tree and change things as they see fit. When did this feature come in? I'm sure it wasn't like that originally? I like to add to my tree only with research and documented proof of ancestors. Surely not all family tree sites are like this? If I close my account does my tree automatically cease to exist or does familysearch not permit me to do what I want with my own tree and information???0
Gordon Collett ✭✭✭✭✭
Family Tree has always been open edit ever since it opened in 2012 and FamilySearch has tried, rather unsuccessfully unfortunately, to make it clear that we are not creating a personal tree here that we record our information in but rather we are working together to create a universal tree that includes everyone that has ever lived on the earth.
You do not have a tree in Family Tree. Therefore, if you close your account in FamilySearch, nothing changes in Family Tree because there is nothing to "automatically cease to exist." You do not have your "own tree and information."
Information about this is found in the Overview tab in Family Tree: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/overview
And in this blog article: https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/online-family-tree which links to other blog articles about the shared nature of Family Tree.
I've posted this image before but will do so again to emphasize why closing your account does not affect anything in Family Tree:
Once you empty your bucket, you can't get "your" water back.4