Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Jx. Gx.

Obviously no one genealogy program/site is going to please everyone because no one program/site is perfect.  I don't publicize my family tree because of all the horror stories mentioned in the foregoing posts.  Maybe the only way to eliminate theft or at least mitigate the problem is to post the name of a deceased family member who is key to your research and the town they came from and ask if anyone has a connection.  This way you're not exposing all your hard work to a bunch of fraudsters and it gives you enough time and distance to check out the legitimacy of the responses you receive.

Having said this, I learned that no system is 100 percent foolproof in preventing hijackers.  A while back a non-Jewish women happened upon my great-grandparents information from public records and decided to appropriate them into her tree because their surname sounded Polish to her. She completely ignored their Yiddish first names and similar Yiddish references on census records.       

Jeffrey Gee

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