I am placing my family tree on this site which I have researched since 1992 , and have just noticed that all the information I am posting is being accredited to others e.g. KARL SCHULZE , and I am finding it impossible to find "MY" tree . I did not realize that my research , i.e. my time and my money , would be hijacked in this way . I am not going to post any further information .
The FamilySearch Family Tree is a "one-world" tree. Anyone with a FamilySearch account can edit the tree, and no one owns any of the information. There is no "my" tree. There are many other websites and programs that allow you to build a personal tree that no one can edit, if the "One-World" style of tree does not suit you.
I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
As has already been proffered ...
And, of course, in hindsight ...
You are not alone ...
It is very much unfortunate, that MOST new (and, some old) Users/Patrons DO NOT understand the basic 'nature' and 'premise' of "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', when they join in.
Which is that ...
We do not have our OWN "Tree" in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
We ONLY have "Branches" (ie. Ancestral" lines), that are interconnected, in this SINGLE "One" World "Tree", for all of us, that is "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
"Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' is NOT like 'On-Line' "Websites" (eg. "Ancestry_com"; or "MyHeritage_com"; or, the like); and/or, 'standalone' personal (computer) programmes (eg, the OLD, now no longer supported, "PAF"; or, "Ancestral Quest"; or, the like).
We DO NOT have "Private"/"Personal" 'Trees' in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' like other 'On-Line' "Websites"; and/or, 'standalone' personal (computer) programmes.
We do not even, own; or, manage; and, are NOT even responsible for, the "Deceased" individuals/persons in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
And, most importantly ...
We DO NOT even, own; or, manage; and, are NOT even responsible for, Our OWN "Deceased" Ancestors/Family/Relatives in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
"Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' is built on a "Open Edit" Platform - hence, why any registered User/Patron can "Edit" (ie. Add, Delete; and/or, Change) ANY "Deceased" individual/person in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
As such ...
One might say that, "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', is ONE "Communal" Working Database, that connects/links us together; as opposed to, the Other PERSONAL/PRIVATE Working Databases, that are NOT connected/linked.
It is said, that "Collaboration", is the KEY to the success, to "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', which it is.
There are certainly pitfalls, with the basic 'nature' and 'premise', of "Family Tree", of 'FamilySearch', with working in a SINGLE "One" World "Tree"; and, such is not for all.
That is WHY ...
MANY; Many; many, Users/Patrons, of "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch', STILL maintain, their OWN Personal (and, often, PRIVATE) "Copy", of their "Ancestral" Lines, in the various OTHER, 'On-Line' Websites; and/or, in the many 'Standalone' Databases.
I know that this will not help; but, I hope that this gives you some more, insight; and, perspective.
ps: Of course, regardless, you know that you can STILL remain a "Registered" User/Patron of 'FamilySearch'; at least, for searching the available "Records" in 'FamilySearch'.
I understand @gaynorhowells that you think your time and money is important and that your research has been hijacked. I would like to share the other side of this big picture about FamilySearch and the Family Tree.
There are hundreds of thousands of volunteers who are inputting data from these precious records for FamilySearch so that it can be transferred to the subscription sites. Without these volunteers indexing and creating records to allow you to conduct your research, it would not be as easy as it has become with the use of crowd-sourcing. Many of the records we index only allow the images to be seen by subscribers who are willing to pay for memberships to the sites, but, at least the indexes are available to the general public. I spend at least 7 hours a week on the site, either indexing/reviewing, or answering questions to help others. Many people I know spend a lot more time doing this work - almost as if it is a full-time job!
Additionally, (and this is a guess since I am not a church member), the Church has to be providing a great deal of funding to make all of this happen. These images don't jump on the internet and end up on subscription genealogy sites by themselves. It happens through FamilySearch's partnerships with subscription services, tithing, and the above mentioned volunteers. In the case of FamilySearch, Missionaries scatter about the world creating digitized images of precious records, others work to create the project instructions and entry forms, some painstakingly put these images into batches for indexers to complete, and pre-publication teams make sure the entries are as correct as possible. Then there are people who work in Indexing Ops to supervise all of the work and there are the computer engineers who make this all work. That is probably the tip of the iceberg, as I am sure there are many more steps that bring these precious records to a computer near you.
It is okay if you don't want to post any further information. Others will work on your branch of the "One-World" tree, so your family will be included. I personally hate Ged-Com files being uploaded because they always seem to screw something up. But, I do hope that you see that a lot of work goes into getting these images to places like Ancestry, Find My Past, My Heritage, Find A Grave, etc. so you can do your research. FamilySearch volunteers and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' membership are significant partners in making that happen.
Just another volunteer adding my two cents...
This is a ridiculous way to "solve" complaints. I do not like this approach at all. What has happened to the Records page??????? All you get is a sign saying opps.
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Melissa S Himes Thank you for your kind comments. We do indeed spend many hours doing what we love and the great thing is it helps others as well. I know there are volunteer groups, around the world, who go out and spend hours photographing graves then they go home upload them to A Billion Graves, then spend hours indexing the grave inscriptions. Fortunately for us in the UK there is a programme just about to start, where every grave in at least England is to be photographed. It will take about seven year to complete. I don't know it it will include Scotland and Wales, maybe later. Then there are those boffins at BYU who come up with some incredible programmes and apps that are so helpful or just plain fun. Once again many thanks and thank you for all the work you do for us.
Take care and God bless
Thank you @Cedar Kedar. That is very exciting news about the UK gravestone project. It will be a lot of work, but, so valuable for so many to be able to see their ancestors graves. My roots are in Scotland and Wales. 🤞🙏
@Melissa S Himes I have sent a personal comment.