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SylviaInCanada Report 26 Nov 2018 17:38

Malcolm ...............

I have no problem with people connected to my ancestors having photos that I might have

I do have a problem with the fact that ANYONE can take those photos and information from a public site because they THINK that "my" gt gt grandfather is "their" grandfather, when there is no other connection than a similar name ............ in fact where date and place of birth, date and place of death, children etc etc are all different.

I've told this story before .......

......... I had a very small tree on ancestry, just 2 names of my gt aunt and her husband, started because I wanted somewhere to keep that information until I could find out more about him. I forgot about it, and didn't make it private when I made my main tree unavailable to viewing.

Imagine my surprise when I found them acquired by a guy as his gt gt gt ancestors .......... the similarities between them were very simple.

The two couples had the same names ........... VERY common names in Lancashire

All had been born in Lancashire, and all had emigrated to New Jersey, USA

The only problem was that his couple emigrated before 1830, and had numerous children born between then and about 1840-45.

Mine married and emigrated in 1902, and both had been born in the early 1880s ..................

The "acquirer" had paid no attention to the dates.

I was lucky .............. I left a note on his tree, pointing out that these 2 could in no way be his ancestors, and he removed them within 3 days.

I have no photos of my gt aunt and husband, so could not have posted them, which might have helped ................ but then, how many of us have photos of ancestors even from the early 1900s let alone the 1800s?

I do have, as I am sure that many us do, copies of photographs in books, manuscripts etc of places where ancestors lived, worked, got married, preached etc .............. but that doesn't mean that the photograph of a church in Leeds where my gt gt gt aunt Jemima got married in 1820 really is the same one where your Jemima got married, even if the names are similar and both marriages occurred in October.


Mark Report 6 Dec 2018 18:22

Any further comment or suggestion would be very much appreciated.