I'm so glad to read your post. I've been rather frustrated by all the private trees. I've just assumed they didn't want to share their information or they would have it public. I am uncomfortable contacting people directly, so I'm just deleting the private trees from my dna connections. But I am SO GLAD to see the reasoning behind one private tree. I was thinking private trees were able to look and take things from my tree...but weren't allowing others to do the same with theirs. It seems like if they won't let me see their tree...they shouldn't be able to see mine! Nanner,nanner,lol! But I can certainly see it from your point of view. Thanks!