Question regarding Geni family trees #general


Gina Marks <ginagem@...>
 

Dear Genners

I would like to comment on the query regarding Geni family trees by
relating my own very bad recent experience with the site.

Because I had seen possible connections to my own family on Geni,I decided
to start a tree myself, putting about 50 of my ancestors' names etc.
onto it. The next time I looked at it, numerous changes had been made
to the entries I had placed and additional people had been included on it,
many with errors in name and/or dates of birth/death.

I was very upset and I queried it with Geni. When they eventually replied
to me I was informed that other people were now "managing" some of my own
direct ancestors and Geni were unable to change that. They said I would
not be able to make any alterations or additions to those particular
entries on the tree and refused to remove my tree completely for the
same reason as above - "that part of it was now being managed by other
people and I no longer owned the whole tree".

Eventually, all I could do was to rename all the individuals still
remaining "under my management" and I did that by calling each one of them
"No Name", thereby rendering the whole tree useless to anyone else.

I personally feel that Geni is NOT a site for those of us involved in
serious genealogy but that it has the feel of a Facebook-type site,
with lots of useless and frivolous areas, apart >from the obvious hazard
of having other people interfere with the data one has added.

My advice to anyone thinking of joining Geni would be to consider it very
carefully first.

Gina Marks
London


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Zev Griner <zgriner@...>
 

As with any genealogy/social site, you must remember to manage the
privacy settings. Geni's privacy lets you define what you consider
"family" beyond your immediately family, as well as set what others
can see depending on their relationship with you.

Zev Griner

Because I had seen possible connections to my own family on Geni,I decided
to start a tree myself, putting about 50 of my ancestors' names etc.
snip...


Joseph Fibel <jfibel@...>
 

I agree with Gina.

Actually, I did not put any of my trees on Geni. What happen is that
I sent branches of our trees to people on those branches and they
started Geni trees, which as Gina says soon gets out of control.

Joe Fibel
New Rochelle NY

I would like to comment on the query regarding Geni family trees by
relating my own very bad recent experience with the site.
snip.....


Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
 

I have put my large tree on Geni, with pretty lax 'privacy'. I haven't
had a lot of trouble with others messing up my close family - except my
brother's family merging and mis-spelling my father's name (which amazes me,
but what can I say). There have been some problems with distant relatives,
but who is to know whether somebody else knows more than what somebody else
told me.

And I have blocked one person who copied, wanting me to merge all her
'work' with mine (including changing spelling of names to meet her
preferences). Since I can't see how she is related to those she claims
are common relatives, she now can't merge with me.

On the other hand, I have found several distant branches of the family
and connected families that I never knew of. That is why I think that the
site is valuable. Yes, it is a pain in the neck sometimes.

I have put my tree on several other sites, including Ancetry/FTM, and heard
from nobody. I have heard >from FTJP; I heard once >from a cousin who found
me on Ancestral File of the LDS (pre-Jewishgen and pre-internet).

So for my purposes, connecting with 'unknown' relatives and reconnecting
with branches that I have lost touch with, Geni is very valuable.

Sally Bruckheimer
Piscataway, NJ


Julian & Sharon Peerutin <jushilli@...>
 

I think you are all looking at this site in the wrong way.
I use it as a tool to gather information especially >from branches where
details were minimal at best. I have managed to gather a huge amount that I
didn't know about. This, of course should be taken with a pinch of salt -
it requires verification with as many sources as possible. Also, I have
managed to get in contact with many members of my extended family through
Geni by contacting those managers.
Instead of attacking the people that have modified incorrectly, work
together with them to verify and correct profiles.
I use a program on my computer to keep my final records and not the
internet. Also you can configure the profiles you managed to display what
you want and allow who you want to view it. However, if this is to be used
as a tool then it is a pity that it is blocked.
I agree that Geni has taken a direction in maintaining the Site in a way
that I am not 100% agree on but it still works for me - as a tool

Julian Peerutin
Kfar Saba, Israel


Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
 

And are all the"connections" documented?
Sylvia

Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
President Emerita
Genealogical Workbook Editor
JGSPBCI, FL

snip..So for my purposes, connecting with 'unknown' relatives and reconnecting
with branches that I have lost touch with, Geni is very valuable.