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From: "Julie-Ann" <>
Subject: Re: [nz] Genes Reunited Website
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:49:55 +1200
i wouldnt put my family data on any website that charges to view records
heck i could start my own if it was about money
a lot of us have spent decades and a whole heap of money getting to where we
are now in our research...the days before internet sending off the IRC to
someone in england waiting weeks for replies haha the good old days
now its just pulp bulk genealogys everywhere with the internet
i have no doubt we have all benefited from internet but why should others
make money off our efforts
im happy to share with anyone and if i was going to upload to any site it
would be the LDS in thanks for all the work they have done and given freely
that we have all benefitted from im sure.
i have found my trees in multiple places on the net and with heaps of errors
that have been coied by others and so it goes on
and hey theres heaps of free software out there enabling us to make our own
i wouldnt like to estimate how much ive spent on genealogy but it would
amount to a very luxurious holiday im sure ...im happy to share but those
who want to profit from my work no way
imagine the new genealogist stumbling onto these sites paying for unverified
info heading on the wrong path
back to basics:)cant beat those certificates etc lol
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather Bray" <>
To: "Jan MacKinven" <>; "David Cavanagh"
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:33 AM
Subject: Re: [nz] Genes Reunited Website
> HI David
> I totally agree with Jan on this one. I put my data on Genes Reunited and
> allowed a third cousin access to it. She copied the lot and put it up on a
> private website and took credit for all my work.
> I have removed all my data from Genes Reunited and now only use it to
> for relatives rather than share my tree.
> Also I have the concern with any of these websites such as Genes Reunited,
> Rootsweb, nzgbd etc as to what happens with that data when I die and
> therefore no one is there to directly manage it. Do these sites continue
> use it and make it available. Don't get me wrong I don't mind sharing
> information with family members but I recent my work being used by
> professionals as part of money making. An example of this was part of my
> tree was put up by a relative without my permission on the rootweb site. I
> had made a mistake in the material they had used and called a lady Mary
> instead of Mary Jane. So the mistake ended up on Rootsweb. Another
> in England paid a researcher to do some research and was given a family
> tree. Guess what? The research had Mary Anne on the tree so clearly had
> done research just taken it directly from the Rootsweb site and charged
> hundred and fifty pounds for doing it.
> So my advice is being wary of putting anything up on the Internet
> about living people.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jan MacKinven" <>
> To: "David Cavanagh" <>; <>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [nz] Genes Reunited Website
>> Hi David
>> I have had a bad experience with GenesReunited in the earlier days of
>> researching. I gave access to my tree of nearly 5000 only to find a few
>> weeks later that this person had copied all I had and put it on GenesR as
>> his own, including the data for living people. I have since learned a
>> lesson and only have my direct line on GenesR. If I have an enquiry
>> regarding my limited tree, I ask the enquirer to contact me personally.
>> then find out what they are looking for and have some control over what
>> information I give them. I can also advise them how to find this
>> information for themselves.
>> On the good side, I have found many distant cousins and enjoyed
>> communications where we have offered help to each other.
>> Regards, Jan
>> Has anyone had experience with the Genes Reunited website both good or
>> I have a distant relative who would like to include my data with his
>> on this web site including birth and marriage details of living people.
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