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From: "Ol' Bab" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] correction : What to do about others' bad trees
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:47:48 -0500
Perhaps the most practical thing to do is to make sure YOUR data is out
there, in the SAME host site, looking good, with good sources and good
We are likely all familiar with the 3 or 12 versions of any particular
persons we find when searching GenCircles or WorldConnect or especially
IGI -not counting same-name coincidences! (If we find anything). Your
hypothetical new researcher will probably do what I do: compare the
versions of truth. If I find an explanatory note in your tree like
this: "Ethel's husband is given wrongly as Calvin H. Wise by some
databases, but this is ...[transcription error or whatever]....", then
the contest is all over.
You could also post in the Wise forum at RootsWeb, subject "Wise-Mardis,
married 1890", asking for "info on family of Ethel Mardis and Hutsel (or
Henry) C. Wise, who may be known as Calvin Wise". Your purpose here, not
to get info you already have on Ethel and Henry (although you might be
pleasantly surprised!), but to cast a wider net for that hypothetical
The nature of the Internet is such that you couldn't hope to do better
when fighting an anonymous or unresponsive tree-poster.
Also note that that you can attach a so-called "post-it note" to someone
else's data at GenCircles or WorldConnect -I forget which. Probably not
helpful to you. Someone did that to my data, and they were right, so I
corrected my mistake.
A thought: I have a distant relation who in fact changed his name, to
avoid the Junior problem, from Edward Clarence Kern to Clarence E.
Kern. This kind of thing may be the source of the other guy's confusion.
> My question is, how does one go about giving out the correct info? I
> hate the thought of a new researcher being led on a wild goose chase. I don't
> know where these people have come up this info. I have been checking
> everything and have found nothing connecting Calvin with Ethel. I am not sure what
> to do at this point....... Rebecca Bral Bonacci, in Az.