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Sharing-----or not

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Sharing-----or not

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been dabbling in my Family Tree for about ten years. Love doing it, mainly it comes in bursts; and I have gotten up to 1500 people in my tree thus far.

But I am curious as to one problem I have run in to several times here. I will get stuck on one person, and find a hint listed on a "private tree" and send them a message asking for help, (it has always been on a person who has been deceased for CENTURIES), and I have been met with flat out refusals to share information. Which has always baffled me. Certainly it is anyones right to keep their tree private, but this refusal to help at all is confusing. I am not asking for a living person's Social Security number...... I always try to be as helpful as possible when someone sends me a request for assistance or information and was just wondering if anyone could shed light on why someone would be so secretive. I'm not being testy, just genuinely curious as to the possible reasons why some might be so unwilling to offer assistance. I know some might say embarrassment over the ill repute of some long deceased relative, but I have found a few scoundrels in my own family tree and it bothers me not a bit. I can't imagine being embarrassed by the bad behavior of someone who has been dead for over a hundred years and who I never knew.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
fiona3637 17 Apr 2012 5:25AM GMT 
goldbergjanic... 7 Aug 2012 3:36PM GMT 
f1297 27 Aug 2012 5:31AM GMT 
Tengen3 13 Oct 2012 3:52PM GMT 
goldbergjanic... 13 Oct 2012 4:54PM GMT 
AGHatchett3rd 13 Oct 2012 7:19PM GMT 
Tengen3 15 Oct 2012 2:17AM GMT 
Tengen3 11 Oct 2012 8:23PM GMT 
cyndi308 12 Oct 2012 3:39PM GMT 
Tengen3 13 Oct 2012 2:21AM GMT 
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