Two or three years ago, I quit working on my lines with Family Search. I became so overwhelmed correcting the constant mistakes being made to my family. I was disconnected from my parents, grandparents and great grandparents- just to mention a few. My grandmother was attached to her brother as a spouse! I began adding new available sources to my relatives but ended up spending more time correcting mistakes. Patrons ignored the sources. I contacted a few. I was told by one to mind my own business. Another told me she prayed and the Lord told her to do what she did, in spite of the fact that sources were attached.
Recently, I went through the Changes Notifications. I gave up counting the notices after 1000. Any suggestions on how to deal with this madness without tearing out my hair?
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Sadly, many of us experience exactly the same attitudes. I don't think many users are truly malicious - just extremely careless. I can spend hours, even days, unravelling the mess caused by a user adding multiple sources to, say, a John Miller - and sometimes carrying out incorrect merges - in spite of these individuals having nothing in common at all (age, place of birth, residence): well, apart for that same name.
Exasperating it is - but all part of the pain it seems it is necessary to endure if we are committed to the Family Tree project!0
Tim Phelps, Paul W, and all.
Sadly, this is a common - very- problem with the FS tree. I too, have contacted many who mostly never answer.
I believe that only FS can remedy this issue and at the same time, educate patrons about documentation. I've written some posts on this subject. As a start, I would like to see FS place links to their own resources on documenting "sources."
Currently, when one enters info in the "details" section for a individual, they are asked to state their reason for their entry. Perhaps some REQUIRED check boxes would illustrate the nature of "proof"- for example, is it a document, from family papers or knowledge, who created and when, etc.
Of course, I'd advocate for stating that "Ancestry tree," or someone's Gedcom is not proof!1