Re: Data matching privacy issue on MyHeritage
The answers are simple. First, the Hints system on Ancestry can be useful in finding information that might otherwise have been missed by referring me to datasets I would not normally think of searching. Second, by keeping a tree private but searchable anyone with a genuine interest will, hopefully, contact me. Thirdly, as I have already said, keeping the tree private allows me to control who has access to my research, the upshot of which is I can easily contact those with access to my tree to let me know if I find a mistake, and with a reasonable degree of certainty that the mistake will get corrected in their tree. Fourth, because I have been requested to. Fifth, because it is all but impossible to contact anyone who may be living to get their assent to me putting their details online and publically accessible. Finally, because in the past my tree has been a public tree and copied (several times) lock stock and barrel, including some serious errors. These errors have subsequently been corrected through further detailed research but those who have made the copies have been totally deaf to my contacting them with details of the errors, errors that now persist and get propagated in a very large number of other publically available trees.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Derek Kain
Sent: 19 August 2020 10:01
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Data matching privacy issue on MyHeritage
A question, if you want to keep it private for sure why put the private information online?
On Wed, 19 Aug 2020 at 09:55, David Dewick <david.dewick@...> wrote: