If you are a member of any genealogy Facebook group you are bound to have heard the public vs. private tree debate. Every couple of weeks it will get started again. Here is my short and sweet response.
- A person has the right to make their tree public or private. He/she is under no obligation to hand over their research to you on a silver platter.
- The person has the right to ignore your pleas for more information if they want to. It might be a tad rude but certainly not illegal. There are a lot worse things going on in the world.
- Bottom line, you shouldn’t be relying on online trees for your research. Sure, I look at online trees but I don’t get whacked out when there are no sources, the data is totally wrong, the tree is private, or the person doesn’t answer my emails. I used to get a little peeved but not any more. It just isn’t worth the aggravation. It is what it is. Instead, do your own research.
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