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The Secret of Y, Somme, Picardie, France

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Re: The Secret of Y, Somme, Picardie, France

Posted: 7 Mar 2012 4:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Mar 2012 4:46AM GMT
ShariPDX wrote, "It's really a glitch in the Ancestry.com's software that they still haven't dealt with."

No, it's really NOT a glitch or a software problem. I promise. So don't feel badly because ancestry.com hasn't "fixed" it. They have other challenges that DO need fixing, but this isn't one of them.

No, it's not ancestry.com's problem or fault at all; it's OURS.

We just have to learn (some of us the hard way) to slow down and pay closer attention. This "Y, Somme, Picardie, France" thing is 100% due to carelessness on the part of those of us who accept drop-down suggestions too quickly without noticing or thinking about it.

Building a family tree isn't supposed to be a data-entry race. And as helpful as it usually is, the ancestry software only offers suggestions; it doesn't, for example, default to the "Y, Somme" answer. WE have to make that mistake by letting a wrong suggestion STAY there without noticing and rejecting it. I did it way too many times myself and am STILL making corrections. My bad...

Those mistakes DO add comic relief though, like the one that has Roman Emperor Constantine (my 44th GGF) supposedly managing to get himself born in "Superior, Dickinson, Iowa", another common mistake found on ancestry trees. All due to accepting unlikely or downright bizarre drop-down suggestions as facts.

Seriously, though, folks, we really gotta take it slower and more carefully or we'll have a whole FOREST of family trees that look like something out of Dr. Seuss....
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
norasalias 6 Mar 2011 5:24PM GMT 
FarrisGP 20 Mar 2011 5:01AM GMT 
norasalias 20 Mar 2011 3:52PM GMT 
hankgriffin1 2 Dec 2011 6:38PM GMT 
ShariPDX 7 Mar 2012 3:48AM GMT 
norasalias 7 Mar 2012 11:45AM GMT 
pixnpebs 21 Jun 2012 7:52PM GMT 
hankgriffin1 21 Jun 2012 8:26PM GMT 
sal4gen 28 Jun 2012 1:10AM GMT 
donnaphillips... 17 Mar 2012 4:59PM GMT 
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