Tree Er­rors

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

Un­like some of the mag­a­zine’s cor­re­spon­dents (Let­ters, Novem­ber), it doesn’t re­ally bother me if other peo­ple copy my in­for­ma­tion or photos in­cor­rectly into their fam­ily trees. That’s their prob­lem, not mine. How­ever, when look­ing at other trees I do find it sad that many peo­ple’s main – some­times only – sources are other peo­ples’ trees, rather than orig­i­nal doc­u­ments. It’s no won­der that so many er­rors get prop­a­gated.

What does an­noy me on An­ces­try is that af­ter peo­ple have copied my photos, they are of­fered back to me as hints to add to my tree! I’ve raised it with them, but noth­ing has been done.

An­other of your cor­re­spon­dents (De­cem­ber) sug­gests mak­ing trees pri­vate if peo­ple get up­set when photos are in­cor­rectly copied. Per­son­ally I don’t feel it right that peo­ple with pri­vate trees should be al­lowed to bor­row from pub­lic trees. I think they should be made to ask per­mis­sion first, just like oth­ers have to ap­proach them to ask for any­thing. Seems only fair to me.

Alan Weeks, by email

Vicky kindly shared this page of her grand­fa­ther Frank Jowitt Dick’s WW1 di­ary

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