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getting to see what is on someones family tree

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jo Report 25 Feb 2013 20:37

is there any way i can see someones family tree without there approval


JoyBoroAngel Report 25 Feb 2013 20:38


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Feb 2013 20:38

Not on here no. Ancestry has public trees, but be aware a good number of them are badly researched ( or copied from others with minimal accuracy).


jo Report 25 Feb 2013 20:40

i was adopted and i have found my birth mother on this. but i think she died a year ago . all i want to see is a pic of her
:-( :-( :-(


patchem Report 25 Feb 2013 20:50

Local newspaper, with obit., which may include picture?


jo Report 25 Feb 2013 20:56

tried that its has got her address but i dont want to drive a couple of hundred miles and shock everyone. i dont even know if they knew about me


MayBlossomEmpressofSpring Report 25 Feb 2013 23:48

suggestion ask on genealogy if anyone has your Mother's name on their tree.


patchem Report 26 Feb 2013 07:08

There are suggestions and Tips on the Find Living Relatives board, at the top, as to what to do.
Read them.


TheBlackKnight Report 26 Feb 2013 08:43

You can find lots of interesting site's out there on the www like this one


RolloTheRed Report 26 Feb 2013 10:10

It is fairly easy to suss out the contents of another tree so long as you have some idea about the family in the first place. This can be handy with those dormant trees. It is also much easier with less common surnames and specific places eg Islington rather than London.

One of the search options is "search member trees". Select that. Put some basic details eg surname of interest, approx birth year into the box and see what search finds. Matches in other trees will come back with birth location and the name of the tree owner (Bob, SallyAnn etc). Scan down the list for any of interest.

When you find one click on the "more button". This will give the full handle of the tree owner and membership number. Assuming you have a hit then this can be used to broaden out the tree. There are no LR restrictions.

In the course of doing this you will often find other people you did not know about with overlapping trees.

It takes a bit of lateral thinking and only really works as I said if you have some idea of the tree you wish to get more knowledge about. OTOH it is far more effective than ploughing through "hot matches".

It can also be a good idea to do a search based on "last 14 days". This may throw up matches with members who are actually active on GRU.

Ancestry trees are public by default (except for living relatives ) and some are replicated in Mundia. Most private trees are indexed and in my experience 99% of owners will share to others with a fairly close match. Some are entirely closed.
Ay quality is very variable.

Remember this. Once somebody has decided that Whathisname belongs in their tree it is next to impossible to get them to shift their decision regardless of any evidence to the contrary, so DO NOT COPY WITHOUT CHECKING. At least one primary source other than OP tree entry is needed and two is better. Always try and get the death record. DO NOT use the census as a primary record. The census is full of errors, omissions and outright lies. Get info from the census then check it out. If a given BMD event is crucial to your tree then make sure you have the certs or if earlier parish record image etc.

Do not assume that two people with an unusual name in the same location at roughly the same time are the same person. This is a bear pit that a lot of people have fallen into.

good luck


Penny Report 26 Feb 2013 10:43

You probably need to do a bit more hunting before you do too much else.

''I think she died'' - what makes you think this?

Do you have accurate info about her - age, birth place etc?

Do you have a tree constructed around her, that people might pick up on their searches?


jo Report 26 Feb 2013 20:12

thankyou for all of your advce.i will ty what you have all suggested , thanks again


Jean Report 1 Mar 2013 13:56

If you have a similar ancestor with someone else they would probably let you see their tree. I have a friend on here we shared one ancestor but discovered we had a lot more so now I let her see my tree.