Re: family trees - who copied my information #general

Dahn Cukier


This is a reply to George's post.
There is no good to come from claiming the earth
is flat (or roundish).  That is what happens when
people constantly copy and publish wrong information.

I am in touch with at least one person from most
branches of my family and have found more,
but through Yad VeShem, DNA,  obituaries, but
not via family trees.

I share printed trees with the people I have addresses
(snail or e-mail) but also post a note that if the information
is used, it must be verified by themselves and not mention me.

I also share information with those doing their own research.
But at the same time I now document (last 10 years)
who or where I found the information. That way when I
find  two people  in 1940 census as a neighbors, but a
marriage license from 1936, I decide which to use and
document both.

I did, in the 1990s share a GED file with a cousin, she uploaded
the entire file including the 3 (of 9)  families she is not
a relative of, by blood or marriage. 

When I recorded my 1st cousin as my aunt's son, it is what I
had been told. Even my cousin did not know, but it turns
out to be wrong.

Where does the information go when I go? My nephew is
now interested in genealogy, my will even mentions the work
I  started in 1982, and that every inheritor will
be offered a copy.

Published trees are helpful, but the information you
draw from them must be verified with the publisher.
The 2 times I found a suspected relative, the publishers
admitted he had no further information.

Happy Hunting
Dahn Zukrowicz

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, 09:57:19 PM GMT+3, Friedman, H George <friedman@...> wrote:

I don't understand this worry over "stolen" family trees. Let me put that statement into context.

I will die, sooner or later. Did I do all this genealogical research only to have it die with me? NO! I want it to be available to other researchers, just as I have had other people's research results available to me. Otherwise, what is the point of my doing the research in the first place?

Of course, someone using my material ought to give me credit for it, just as I give credit to others whose materials I use (with their permission, out of courtesy if nothing else). But I would not want my research results locked away from being shared with others!

There certainly must be safeguards. I do not post my information to any site that allows others to modify it! And I am careful about privacy for the living. But if someone copies my work into their tree, and then incorrectly modifies it there...well, I don't see that that takes any skin off of me.

If you have 20 generations of ancestors, and do not publish it in some way, what good it it? Sure, you know it, but after you die, it is lost.

I was trained as a scientist, a chemist, and had a career as a university professor. So I speak from a tradition of publishing one's research. Genealogy is certainly not the same as chemistry, but I think the point is the same: Knowledge not shared is not knowledge at all.

Regards to all,

H. George Friedman, Jr.
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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