Thank you for your thoughtful reply - your points are well taken and the logic seems appropriate. I believe there is still disparity between Public and Private trees, however. Private Trees can view Public trees without invite, but Public Trees CANNOT view Private Trees without invite. Therein lies the rub, and the difference is the reduced level of service and resources from Ancestry.com when a Public Tree encounters a Private Tree. Public Trees encounter delays or dead-ends when encountering a Private Tree. Private Trees do not encounter those obstacles when researching Public Trees. For lack of a better term, there's a reverse correlation or an inverse relationship between the resources available when one type of tree researches the other. I respect the choice of privacy on the part of some of my fellow genealogists. The point I'm making is that we all pay the same but there are differences between Public and Private trees with regard to each researching the other and Ancestry.com needs to address it! My suggestion that Public trees be made private (only) to those with Private trees might level the field a bit. What would be unfair about that? Again, thank you.