There are 77 public member trees that show Samuel Simmons, born 1800, as the son of James Simmons and Ellenor Lee. There are also an additional 20 private member trees where I can’t see enough of the information to tell what they have as the parent-child link so I am not bothering with them for now. All 77 of the public member trees either have no source or their source is another Ancestry tree. How is this research? If Samuel were the son of James Simmons and Ellenor Lee this would be a critical piece of information. James and Ellenor had three known sons (proven with indirect evidence case studies) but they also had other children who are not yet identified.
I realize of course that you have no control over the quality of research that gets uploaded. However, there are a couple of things you do have control over.
After you have brought up a list of possible matches it takes three mouse clicks to get where you can send the person a message. There is no way to bulk send a message to all of the hits so after clicking 3 times, defaulting in the subject line (there is autofil), and then pasting the message, you have to back click to the list and start the process over. Contacting 77 people is a very time consuming endeavour.
Then there is the problem of people uploading duplicate trees. They make updates to their tree and then upload a new copy without taking the old tree down. I might have messaged the same person a dozen times for all I know. Surely you could put some sort of warning message when someone uploads asking the person not to upload duplicate trees. Another problem is that when you click on a tree link in the list the link color does not change making it very easy to lose your place in the list. And most importantly, I don’t think you should allow people to link to another tree as their source. All it does is cause an endless loop and utter frustratation.
I am pretty sure that all of this was for nought considering no one has a source. However, I still have to do it because of that pesky GPS step, "conduct a reasonably exhaustive search." On the 0.000001% chance someone has proof of this relationship I have to investigate it. You could make that task a little easier.
Michele Simmons Lewis
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