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Old 11-26-2017, 09:29 AM
 
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I'm trying to enter my family tree on Ancestry.com for the first time. I am receiving "hints" from Ancestry. I've been looking at the trees where these hints come from and trying to make sure these are good sources for the data they input on their tree before I use them on my tree. One person's tree that seems very complete uses World Family Tree & Vol and Ed as their source in a number of places. Is World Family Tree a credible sources of information? I don't know whether to use this info or not. HELP??
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I think, if you are copying and pasting from someone else's tree, you are always at risk of bad information, no matter where they say they got it from.
Better to verify on your own and then add to your tree. JMHO
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:12 AM
 
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I think, if you are copying and pasting from someone else's tree, you are always at risk of bad information, no matter where they say they got it from.
Better to verify on your own and then add to your tree. JMHO
I was concerned that his person, who had same dates as others on my "hints," had copied so much from the World Family Tree, although she did have a will as a reference also. I'm back to the early 1700's, so don't know if I could find this info on my own very easily. I'm trying to put the tree together for my teen grandkids, so time is fleeting...

Thanks for your response!
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Canada
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FamilySearch is a good place to go for early records:

https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list

Use trees created by others to guide your record search.
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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FamilySearch is a good place to go for early records:

https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list

Use trees created by others to guide your record search.
Thank you. I'll try the familysearch.org. (I was using the Ancestry hints for birth & death dates.)
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:23 PM
 
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I'm trying to enter my family tree on Ancestry.com for the first time. I am receiving "hints" from Ancestry. I've been looking at the trees where these hints come from and trying to make sure these are good sources for the data they input on their tree before I use them on my tree. One person's tree that seems very complete uses World Family Tree & Vol and Ed as their source in a number of places. Is World Family Tree a credible sources of information? I don't know whether to use this info or not. HELP??

Trees on Ancestry.com or World Family Tree are not credible sources of information. However, the birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, obituaries, census records, military records, and many other forms of documentation that can be found on those sites can be considered mostly credible. You'll often find conflicting or inaccurate information but you have to review all the documentation and draw your own conclusions. Never blindly trust any persons tree you find online, you should always back it up with documentation.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I'm trying to enter my family tree on Ancestry.com for the first time. I am receiving "hints" from Ancestry. I've been looking at the trees where these hints come from and trying to make sure these are good sources for the data they input on their tree before I use them on my tree. One person's tree that seems very complete uses World Family Tree & Vol and Ed as their source in a number of places. Is World Family Tree a credible sources of information? I don't know whether to use this info or not. HELP??
If you can't verify the source yourself, then no, don't use it.

Googling it turns up discussions like this: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/202874/...re-real-source - it sounds like these were discs Family Tree Maker put out as a compilation of many people's submitted family trees. So no, it's not a reliable source, it's just been copied from other people's trees and you have no way of confirming the original source.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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Let me just put it this way: when I started doing my family's history years ago, I made the mistake of relying on other people's research (otherwise known as the "if someone has this on their family tree, it must be true!" method).

I have spent the last six years going back and verifying that information on my own and correcting the MANY errors, suppositions, and leaps of faith made by others on their family trees.

I could have been done with my family research six years ago if I'd done it the right way the first time around. Now, nothing goes on my family tree without primary documentation to confirm it.

So, if time is of the essence, do it right the first time so you don't end up like me, and have to go back and redo it all again later.

There is no sense passing down other people's errors to your grandkids.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:43 PM
 
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To put it bluntly those trees are BS.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:47 PM
 
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To put it bluntly those trees are BS.
That world family tree comes up every once in a while in a google search for something related. If it comes up, I may take a look but it's not a source of anything.
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