Skip to content

Family Tree

Groups Select

Clear

Removing Family Tree

Just in case I need to... how do you remove all of your ancestors? I am constantly having people add incorrect information, incorrect relationship, incorrect people. I have my research finished, documented etc. I don't want to keep checking to make sure someone has added something incorrectly. I do love the idea of people working together but there needs to be some level of professionalism. I left Ancestry because the only documentation that a huge percent of trees have is someone else's family tree. I am asking because a family member contacted me and said she had great news! She found a missing relative on FS ... wrong.

Ok, I'm done venting. Thanks for listening. V

Tagged:

Best Answer

Answers

  • Hi, Victoria you have the option to delete your account as shown here How do I delete my FamilySearch Account? please read over the information, prior to deleting your account.

    FamilySearch is quite different from Ancestry and other databases as explained here What is the purpose of FamilySearch and Family Tree? What it does allow is for you to contact other contributors who are most likely distant relatives working on the same line as yourself to collaborate with one another with adding to the tree and providing sources to reduce errors in the family tree.

    How do I report changes or problems made by other contributors?

    Article Id: 947, Published November 29, 2020The goal of Family Tree is to help bring families together by creating the best-sourced, public genealogical Family Tree in the world. This requires a lot of collaboration and, as a result, means dealing with a lot of errors.

    When you come across inconsistencies, keep in mind that inadvertent errors in dates, names, sources, relationships, and other items are not considered abuse. Another contributor may simply be using different data sources. Feel free to correct them when you can and to provide the best sourced information. You can also:

    • Correct errors by working with other contributors.
    • Use the Discussions feature to post research information for other collaborators.
    • Use the Watch feature to notify you when any changes are made to a record.
    • See the articles linked at the bottom for more detailed instructions on how to perform these tasks. 

     If you have questions regarding inadvertent, suspicious or potentially malicious errors in records that you are unable to resolve per the instructions above, contact  FamilySearch Support .

    Related articles

    How do I use the discussions feature in Family Tree?

    How do I report abuse, spam, inappropriate memories, and other content?

  • Hi, Victoria, please read over the article How do I delete my FamilySearch Account? prior to doing the same.

    FamilySearch is not like the typical private database like Ancestry or others. It is open and allows you to connect to other relatives working on the same line. What is the purpose of FamilySearch and Family Tree?

    I do suggest that you reach out to others working on the same tree as yourself as explained below. There may be times that abuse is happening but most times that is not the case.

    How do I report changes or problems made by other contributors?

    Article Id: 947, Published November 29, 2020The goal of Family Tree is to help bring families together by creating the best-sourced, public genealogical Family Tree in the world. This requires a lot of collaboration and, as a result, means dealing with a lot of errors.

    When you come across inconsistencies, keep in mind that inadvertent errors in dates, names, sources, relationships, and other items are not considered abuse. Another contributor may simply be using different data sources. Feel free to correct them when you can and to provide the best sourced information. You can also:

    • Correct errors by working with other contributors.
    • Use the Discussions feature to post research information for other collaborators.
    • Use the Watch feature to notify you when any changes are made to a record.
    • See the articles linked at the bottom for more detailed instructions on how to perform these tasks. 

     If you have questions regarding inadvertent, suspicious or potentially malicious errors in records that you are unable to resolve per the instructions above, contact  FamilySearch Support .

    Related articles

    How do I use the discussions feature in Family Tree?

    How do I report abuse, spam, inappropriate memories, and other content?

    I do hope the above information has been helpful.

  • A feature of Family Tree that still gets overlooked is that we all working together in the same database on the same records as everyone else. We are not building a tree of our own. We are contributing to everyone's tree. Because of that you can only delete a person's record that you have added and that no one else has modified in any way, including any relationships to that person. Once someone else has touched a record, that record cannot be deleted. To see the status of a person, look in the right hand column under tools. There will be a spot that either says "Delete" or "Cannot be deleted."

  •  undestand your concern about others and keeping the integrity of your tree. I do have additional help for you. We do have the Follow feature.Y ou can easily follow people in Family Tree and be notified when another user changes the information. Here's how it works:

    • You follow up to 4,000 people in Family Tree.
    • At any time, you can display a list of the people you are following. The list identifies all changes have been made to those people during the last 60 days.
    • You receive a weekly FamilySearch notification to alert you to these changes.
    • After you follow an ancestor, you can go to your following list and add labels to your ancestors. This is an effective way to keep track of ordinances and changes made by other patrons.
    • A good reason this is good is that through messages you can quickly see who has worked to change your tree and change it back if it is incorrect and message the why what they did, in error, was changed back. You are correct that mistakces are made bu other usere innocently.
    1. On a pedigree view, navigate to the person you want to follow.
    2. Click the person's name.
    3. Do either of the following:
      • On the card, click Follow (star icon).
      • Click Person. Next, in the header that contains the ancestor’s name and birth date, click Follow.
    4. To stop following a person, simply repeat steps 1 through 3, and click Following.

    The Following list suggests close relatives that you may want to follow.

    1. In Family Tree, click Following.
    2. In the top-left corner above the table, click See List.
    3. Click Follow on the relatives you want to follow.
    4. Click the person's name next to a message.
    5. Find the person's name, and click Unfollow

    You can also if you want "Mute" another user so you do not receive messages from them.

    1. Go to a conversation in Messages that involves the person.
    2. Click the person's name next to a message.
    3. Click to select the Mute option. You will no longer see messages from this person.
    4. To Unmute, click the dialogue box and click to select unmute.

    It is great to ue if you get too mayn mesages from someone else who is ot related.

    I hope either of the sugestions can help you.

  • edited June 11

    @Victoria Johnson_6,

    The real question is why do so many people make so many incorrect changes to your family's part of the tree? I bet the answer is a root cause: historical records have not been attached.

    New contributors are instructed to start work by building their own immediate part of Family Tree. While they work FT offers existing profiles in the tree to match their family. Many new contributors simply accept whatever FT offers. But, when historical records are not attached to the existing profiles then FT offers profiles that are not related.

    If that is your situation then the solution is easy and collaborative: attach historical records to your family's part of FT. You can do this as an evening entertainment with family and friends, everyone using the phone app and each doing a tiny part of the tree.

  • I really do not know if there is a simple answer to your problem, which I agree with you is infuriating. And yes it is a blatant problem on the online site Ancestry.com. Some are so ridiculous that you have tears from laughing so much. You wonder how people can be so thick, or are they extracting the Michael ? But it is mainly caused by not having access to the original records. I had one the other day in ancestry that insisted an ancestor of mine, that their antecedents were in a place a hundred miles away from where they were actually born back in 1604. The records for that place Downton, Wiltshire did not go back further into the past than 1602. But because in this other place a hundred miles away the record went back into the 1550's, and there was someone born there with a similar surname. They of course ie, the Dove family had to come from Gloucestershire and not Wiltshire. Where of course the Dove Family could equally have been all the time, just no records to say that they were there. And these others had then traced this Dove family tree back to a Saxon, a Lady Godiva of Coventry circa 0800 years. Who rode naked through the streets of Coventry. To prevent her husband a Wicked Norman Baron increasing the back breaking taxes that he already taxed the peasants with. Impressive research ,eh ? Only problem is that the Lady Godiva is an English Folk Myth/Tale, with no historical proven records to support it.

    And even with records things can go wrong. Some distant American cousins came to Hampshire to research our branch of the Henbest family tree, and researched in the record office in Winchester. Where they determined that a William 1735 Henbest was the son of a William 1710-1775 Henbest. William 1710 had wed an Ann Read from some small fishing Village in Cornwall in Bramshaw Wiltshire. ( back then Bramshaw was in two Counties both Hampshire and Wiltshire. Ann Read's family went all the way back to Tintagnel and the round Table of King Arthur and his Knights. And William 1735 was born some 9 years prior to his parents wedding in Bramshaw on the 27th of December 1744. The problem was that whilst most of the records were handed over in 1912 to Hampshire from the Wiltshire record office. They kept the records that involved Marriage Licence Bonds of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. People who did not wish to get wed by Banns could pay for a Marriage Licence , and wed in private. Especially if they had been living together and giving the impression that they were already married. So that instead of saying William 1735 was the son of William Henbest 1710, because he had the same forename and Surname, and there was a 25 year gap between them. If they had seen the Marriage Licence records they would have found that William 1735 was the son of an Osmand 171201739 Henbest and a Mary Osborne. Who wed( not in Bramshaw ) by Licence in another Parish in June 1735, and had son William baptised in Bramshaw Church on the 25th of December 1735. And William 1735-1775 Henbest was in reality a second cousin once removed to William 1710-1754 Henbest who was buried in Bramshaw on the 2nd of May 1754, not in the year 1775. My distant American Henbest cousins had promulgated their version of the Henbest Family tree here on the IGI site of the LDS now Familyseasrch.org. Where I copied it and spent at least 10 years filling in records on Ancestry onto this wrong version. Until it the contradictions became so large, that I who only live 12 miles away from Winchester. Paid a visit to it's record office. And let me say here and now, that my Henbest cousins who carried out the research did it to help other Henbest Family members. It was a kind thing to do, they did not know that not all the records were not available to them to research. Ps, Ann Read who wed William 1710-1754 in Bramshaw in December 1744, Was Baptised in Bramshaw Church in December 1708. Cornwall was a nonsense from some one on Ancestry.com. Yes there was an Ann Read in a fishing Village in Cornwall, and yes people had taken her tree back to Royalty. Ancestry as you say is full of this nonsense. And very few Proven historical records to verify the allegations that are made. Find My Past has it's own problems as well I have not found one that I can rely upon. Back in time even the official Parish Registers have so many missing records and gaps that to make a coherent Family tree becomes impossible. By this I mean that whilst the records start in 1538 or 1539. In Baptisms they only give the child's name and date of Baptism. Not until about 1590 do they start naming the father, and even later for the father and mother.

Sign In or Register to comment.