Indeed!garibaldired wrote:Hello All,
I think the key word here is sharing. I love to share my tree with other people who also share theirs! It's a question of give and take.
These for me are the key points.garibaldired wrote:I would not publish anybody else's research on the net, or elsewhere, without their permission and without acknowledgement of their work.
I would expect the same courtesy in return.
Unfortunately not everyone surfing the web observes such courtesies, there being many stories of folks' trees turning up in those of others, without there ever having been any contact.
Worse still, there's plenty tales of folks' trees turning up on commercial CDs, i.e. CDs sold for profit.
My advice would always be to ca' canny in terms of first contact with strangers, and get to know them first via email exchange, maybe a telephone call of two if that's practical, before getting to the point of exchanging information.
Call me cynical if you like, but I've read too many horror stories, so that I'd advise that an initial step of info exchange should only be on a very limited basis, and that it should not include detailed info on living people.
Every genealogy programme that I know of has a facility to split off a certain branch and create a separate set of data files.
A hint that I read somewhere many moons ago, again a bit cynical, but realistic, is then to create 2 or 3 deliberate errors in these data files, so that if ever any debate arises as to where someone got the info, they'll find it difficult to claim that the source was elsewhere.
If you are ever using an Ordnance Survey map and come across a glaring error, it's not; it's been inserted on exactly the same basis