I have a private tree on Ancestry.com. The only reason I even have that is so that I can be alerted about DNA matches. I only have my absolute direct line posted (a pedigree chart). You wouldn’t believe the amount of flack I get because of this. If I hear one more person tell me that a real genealogist would want to share their data and not hoard it I think I will have to kill someone. I DO share my data but I want to have control over what I share and with whom. I want to be able to talk about the research that is being shared. I don’t think that is unreasonable. Kerry Scott has written an article about this and I couldn’t have said it better myself.
I also have selected persons up on FamilySearch’s Family Tree. I actually prefer it over Ancestry.com so you will see more of my research posted there. Why? Because they provide an area to add notes and discussions about the person. I also like that I can sync directly to Family Tree using Legacy. If anyone goes in and adds anything to my person of interest I will be notified by FamilySearch and by Legacy. There are several reasons why I prefer Family Tree but I will save that for another blog post.
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