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Sharing Family Information

Sharing Family Information

Linda Conn (View posts)
Posted: 17 Aug 2006 1:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Aug 2006 4:14AM GMT
I relate the following because checking sources and privacy issues should never be ignored in our quest for information about our ancestors. I apologize, in advance, for it's length.

I was browsing one of the "well known" family tree sites today and I saw my father and mother in law's names. That surprised me, because I'm the only family member doing genealogy and I have never put my tree on the web for all the world to see!

His birth and death places are wrong, as is his birthdate. Her birthdate is wrong, and her death date and place are wrong. I know this because she is still alive.
Someone of the same name as my mother in law did die in Georgia in 1997, but the SSDI gave the issue state as Georgia, and my mother in law has never lived in Georgia!

As I clicked my way through the information, I found my name and my husband's name. This means someone that I shared family information with, privately, about 9 years ago, has put up my name without my permission.

Re: Sharing Family Information

pam (View posts)
Posted: 18 Nov 2006 2:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
I can relate to that. I have some distant cousins and some who think they are distant cousins was mean and not educated by placing my family that directly links to my family members who are still living. When websites have city directories link with the names it also shows my family members current addresses which endangers them to and especially to identity theft. Genealogy is a fun and enjoyable way of connecting history with one's own family, but some will place everything on the internet without thinking of the dangers. I wish these websites would help educate researchers better.


Re: Sharing Family Information

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 11:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
To me all it sounds like that all you've found is that a husband and wife and their child with the same names as your relatives lived and died in another state.

Not unusual.

Re: Sharing Family Information

Posted: 9 Mar 2013 4:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
To me it sounds as if someone has posted information about living people on the internet. I agree that this is not only ethically wrong but can pose problems (and possibly serious problems, including exposure to scam artists) for the living people. Meanwhile, posting that information is of small consequence to the person who posted it. It's really not a big deal to them - just expands their "collection" of names a little bit. In some nations it is against the law and considered a violation of privacy laws to post on the internet about living people. On Ancestry message boards, posting information about living people is against community guidelines. Yes information about living people can be found online, but that does not mean we as family historians should pull that information together and make it available in a more convenient and easily accessible format.

I too have had the experience of finding a living relative (an aunt-in-law) on a family tree online and reading her "death date." If I ever find myself on a family tree online - time to call the lawyers.
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