Correcting incorrect data in posted family trees
Family Search is a great resource, but there are so many incorrect family trees on it, posted by folks who do not list any way of contacting them!
Ron Tanner said: Can you give me the PID of the person that is being changed and the contact name of the person? I would like to look into this. You can also contact support, but I would like to take a look as well.0
Kereina Morey said: Hello, I just pulled my own name out of curiousity on myself and have found that my birthdate is incorrect in the records. I would like to be able to correct this for future references. My birthdate is october 25 1977. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions on anything. Thank you and have a wonderful day.0
Paul said: I'm very pleased you're showing an interest in this case, Ron, but am mystified as to why are you reacting to this as if it's a "one-off", when you are well aware how common this problem is.
I would add that this does not just apply to those who withhold their contact details. Another patron and I have common ancestors on Family Tree, to which a third patron keeps making changes. He has no connection with these individuals, but has ignored emails and phone calls asking him to leave their carefully researched, recorded details alone. In desperation I clicked on "Report Abuse" last week, but this produces no case number, nor have I received any advice on what, if anything, will be done in an attempt to stop this gentleman from persisting in his actions.
I hope your interest in the case raised by Drudy might show an overdue policy emerging to deal with this all too familiar problem.1
GeneJ said: Hoping only to be helpful ...
I'm having some success using FindAGrave as a secondary point of light.
If you have updated the record on FamilyTree, check the FindAGrave site to see if information about the person has been entered there. Work to see that it likewise contains the good information you have entered to FamilyTree.
At least in my experience, FindAGrave is a popular information source for those who might not otherwise cull through the sources and reasoning you post to FamilyTree.0
Chas Howell said: If you are talking about FamilySearch Family Tree and your birth date came from LDS church membership then you would need to see your ward or branch clerk to get it changed to the correct date.0
We have a DONNA C. BATEMAN posting on the MCCAMMOND family tree using only certain sources. In challenging her methods she has become somewhat belligerent. Says that if I don't like her posting on a public tree then I need to start and post on a private family tree0
Someone has added an ancestor to my tree that is incorrect. There is no source given for the addition/error, and I have contacted the person (I believe) who added the ancestor, but nothing gets corrected. As a result, my tree is incorrect. YDNA data also backs up my claim that he (Alexander Milligan) is not the ancestor to George S. Milligan. What can I do now to "fix" the error?0
Detach the profile from the parents.1
I was looking through cousins in the Rootsweb database and found 538 people connect to my 3rd great grandfather Nathan Cox. They connect him to Solomon Cox as his father. This is completely wrong. Solomon Cox was from Ohio. Nathan Cox was from North Carolina, came through Whitley County Ky (formerly Knox County in 1810), married to Alsey Cummins in Whitley County. His first son Andrew was born in Whitley County, Nathan Cox is buried at Chestnut Ridge in Jackson County, Indiana. 538 so called cousins have been misled. Not one source document connects Nathan Cox to that Solomon Cox.0
Here are a few articles from the Help Center that might be helpful:
The World’s Largest Shared Family Tree
How do I correct parent-child relationships in Family Tree?
How do I see what changes were made about a person in Family Tree?
How do I undo a merge in Family Tree?0