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Sloppy Research

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Sloppy Research

Posted: 3 Dec 2012 12:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Dec 2012 12:28PM GMT
The main problem with Ancestry trees is that some people are taking a source and mixing it in a family where it doesn't go. They lack knowledge or maybe experience to go one step further and check to see if they have the right person snagged.

For instance, my Hamilton grandmother has parents that are not hers. Her father lived a few doors from where she lived and signed her marriage certificate in Campbell County, KY. The only thing in common with the Pennsylvania person they connected her to is the first name.

Common sense should tell a person to check and see if you have the correct person, but for some reason it doesn't always work that way.

I have recently seen this situation in a dozen or more cases. What I have seen were not even in my family and just something that I saw that I knew wasn't correct. This problem is getting so bad with Ancestry trees that I don't think that I can trust them for any information at all.

In several cases, I have even seen photos tagged incorrectly with names of people that died before photos were available.

In one case several people took the first Governor of Kentucky's wife and mixed her in their trees. I am sure that this happened, because her first name was the same as their ancestor's name.

The problem nowadays is that sloppy research has documentation - it just doesn't verify as factual.

It is a disrespect for our ancestors and to family research to see families spliced together that don't go together. Pasting people together with the same surname is an insult to those of us who try to keep facts straight.

So how should Ancestry combat issues like these? Color coding trees that don't match certainly wouldn't help, because copy and paste researchers copy each other's work. I have heard them say - "It has to be correct, a dozen people have it."

Am I the only person who finds this a serious problem? Who do we complain to? After all, remember Ancestry is making money off this trash!

Donna Cooper
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Donna Cooper 3 Dec 2012 7:21PM GMT 
keithnuttle 3 Dec 2012 7:46PM GMT 
meekernj 3 Dec 2012 7:59PM GMT 
McComberdesce... 3 Dec 2012 8:29PM GMT 
Donna Cooper 3 Dec 2012 10:00PM GMT 
cpcoan13 12 Dec 2012 11:29AM GMT 
DPotts57 12 Dec 2012 10:58PM GMT 
ludlowbaylive 13 Dec 2012 1:08AM GMT 
rundehel 2 Jan 2013 3:14PM GMT 
keithnuttle 2 Jan 2013 3:37PM GMT 
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