Genealogy Rant

I have been active genealogist for most of my life. Early in the piece I would use all manner of software, including Family Tree Maker etc. But as my interests moved on from compiling extensive lists and gedcom files, to being more about the story, I haven’t bothered so much with that kind of approach anymore. Oh, and I absolutely abhor Ancestry.com for the way in which genealogy has been commodified and paywalled, and a brief flirtation with it, refuse to use it on principle.

But after last weekend’s big family reunion, and in an effort to leave behind some “lists” I went looking online, and decided to revisit familysearch.org where you can now upload information, and link with family trees in a non-commercial manner (though noting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a different agenda in relation to family trees).

The thing I hated most in linking up with existing family trees there? Clearly someone has just gone through a cut and paste process of other people’s work (including very obviously my own) and then got it horribly wrong. The name Ellen was written down as Eileen (several times). The mother’s maiden name was inserted as the child’s name in a very adhoc manner. The list of errors appalled me. And I’m guessing it was all about compiling a big list of names, rather than being an accurate source of information. Sorry, familysearch, you’re not the answer.

I’m sticking with jamesobrien.blog/genealogy

Other suggestions appreciated, though noting I prefer an online solution, as I mostly use a Chromebook, so not looking for more software to download.

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