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How can this be a 'real' tree?????

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Crafty Report 29 Dec 2005 21:07

Sorry Merry, Yes I see what you mean now!! I'm a bit slow on the up-take tonight!! I sent him a messsage Sue

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 29 Dec 2005 21:11

I have searched through hundreds of Hewison records on here just now, but can't find ANY (so far - not finished yet) with a ''Yes'' by the side (for having made contact) As C's Chappell entries had proper details, I wondered if this is part of the person's REAL tree (not add ons) and so wondered if ''C'' was born in Australia, like the Chappell's.....Tried entering just the surname, Hewison, and born in Australia......My whole system froze!!!!!!!! Tried the same for other fairly common surnames with Australia and they either came up nice as pie or said there were too many matches....just normal...... Is there something funny going on? Why does ''C'' not appear to have ANYONE called Hewison on their tree?????? Merry


Crafty Report 29 Dec 2005 21:17

Thought I'd try that too....'Hewison, Australia' and yes the screen went haywire. Half a page showing over the top of half another page...very odd... It seems as if something very strange is going on here sue


Jane Report 29 Dec 2005 21:19

c doesnt seem to have any hewisons but he matches all but one of my family names. i looked at my tree matches for 1 day and there is c . i only have 43 surnames but add them to everyone elses and he's quite a heinz 57!


Crafty Report 29 Dec 2005 21:27

I have to log out now, Shirts to iron for tomorrow etc... But will check in again in the morning, before work. Lets hope it gets sorted soon. I really dont like the idea of someone just collecting names like this. Night night all, Sue


Clive Report 29 Dec 2005 21:27

It would be easy, but tiresome to do this tree. You have all been doing a name search for 'C'. He could have done exactly that for random names and then made a 'tree' to fit them on. Not very productive or useful.


SueinKent Report 29 Dec 2005 21:48

I have just checked my tree matches and guess what , yes the elusive 'C' appears seven times so far, haven't finished looking yet. They were all added today. Sue

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 29 Dec 2005 22:29

He appears on most of my ''normal'' names in my tree, but not on ANY of the ''unusual spelling'' names! I have found some more Aussie rellies fer ''C'' again with proper places of birth....they were called Fleming. Merry


S Report 30 Dec 2005 01:20

Maybe I'm being super thick and/or too complacent, but I really think some people are being a touch paranoid. I only have my direct lines on GR, but have over 3000 names in my tree on FTM. One of my interests is a one-name study and I have nearly all the descendants of a common ancestor. Nearly all my lines go back to the 1700s and over the years, I have come across people who have extensive trees of various ancestors and have sent me GEDCOM files. I have them merged into my main file, although I don't generally share the secondary information with others, but refer enquiries to the people who originally gave me the information. My ancestors mainly came from a rural background and sometimes I've become a bit of an expert on the inter-marriages in certain small villages and have been able to help people out. I would never claim to know about everybody in my tree, but I recognise most of the surnames and every so often I am interested in little parts of the jigsaw and do more research either into the name or the location. I guess I could add another few thousand names to my tree with very little difficulty if I added the ancestors of spouses of cousins, etc. I looked up some of C's names on Ancestry and at least three of them (I couldn't be bothered looking for more) appear on a tree with 27,670 names. It's possible to download GEDCOMs from Ancestry, so it's possible this is what C did. The 'belong' to other people...not just the people on GR who have them on their personal trees. If one or more of his names appeared in other large trees, it wouldn't have taken long to compile a tree with over 50,000 names. Why anybody would want to is another matter, but if you look on Ancestry, some of the trees are massive...I've found several with over 100,000 names. These trees sometimes go back practically to prehistoric times and I guess some people are determined to trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve! If C has all of a sudden uploaded his GEDCOM to GR...and again, I really don't see the's not surprising his names should match with a number of people on the board. I've got about 2000 'matches' for BROWN at the moment uploaded in the last day! It doesn't mean he has taken the details from anybody at GR. Personally, I think C doesn't understand the purpose of this site or how it works and how irritating it is when people use GR to store huge trees they know virtually nothing about...but then he wouldn't be the only one!! I have somebody who has uploaded part of my tree and when I asked how she was connected, the reply was that she didn't, but it was sent to her by somebody, who has a vague connection, so she saved it and uploaded her complete file! Of course I could be wrong and this is a saboteur or some kind of conspiracy theory, but somehow I remain to be convinced.

~˜Kim in

~˜Kim in Report 30 Dec 2005 07:50

I had the same reply from c, even though i asked if any of his gibbons were from bethnal green kim


Crafty Report 30 Dec 2005 08:09

Hi Linda and Kim, Yes I too had that repy from C. Looks like he sent the same reply to us all....I get the feeling that his 'tree' is just a database of names. Sue


Heather Report 30 Dec 2005 08:54

Hi I've heard from C and he has put a death index from Perth Austrialia on here. I think he intends to be helpful to anyone who might have had an ancestor out there. Happy New year! Heather


Sandra Report 30 Dec 2005 09:50

Just before christmas I posted a message on this site 'shared trees' as I found that my entire tree had been copied onto someone who has a vast amount of rellies on their tree. Found it very annoying but the crowd who replied were very sympathetic. Despite our best attempts to ensure that our relations are ours, buy orderting certificates etc there's always going to be someone who cannot be bothered to ensure information is correct. I, sadly, now feel a little reluctant to add to my GR tree Sandra

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 30 Dec 2005 10:05

I have had the reply about the deaths index of Western Australia too. I suppose he has made an index of info from graveyard lists and then made them into a tree?? Despite the fact that obviously a whole graveyard are not related???????? LOL I don't see why people should be worried about this exactly......but it is WEIRD!!! Has anyone accidentally given him/her access to their tree and then found he has poached their rellies and added them to his Western Australia database?? Merry


Jean Report 30 Dec 2005 10:09

I have received the same reply from C this morning, dont have any relatives over there so dont understand where he is coming from. I have not got a reply from GR yet either. jean

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 30 Dec 2005 10:35

I would think his is a standard reply......... I would love to see his tree.......wonder how he makes a database of graves into a tree??? Did you notice his sign off, ''Christopher'' was in inverted commas? merry


Jean Report 30 Dec 2005 10:50

merry, from what he is doing and saying, we are all related to him and each other. jean

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 30 Dec 2005 10:53

Yes Jean! Does he make grave number one the child of grave number two and then grave number three the grandparent, regardless of dates, sex, names etc.....??????? Afterall, to upload to GR you have to have everyone joined together....... Merry


Jean Report 30 Dec 2005 11:03

hi merry, I notice on my tree matches, he is only matching the english sounding names, I have a couple of foreign ones and no matches with them. jean

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 30 Dec 2005 11:15

I suppose that's because the burial sites in Oz that he has made a database from, mainly consists of English-sounding names?? It's only because he has SOOOOOOOOOOO many names on it, that many of us are getting all these matches. There's a thought......he doesn't have a place of birth for most entries (understandable, because most gravestones don't say where someone was born...), but also a hell of a lot of gravestones don't indicate WHEN someone was born how come he has a year of birth for everyone? Hope those are not their years of DEATH!!!! Merry