Thursday, February 4, 2010

Give Credit Where Credit is Due!

Just recently I found that someone took the pictures I posted on a family friend's Family Tree and claimed them as thier own. I WAS STUNNED! I was shocked, I was horrified!

I could not allow this to happen so I decided that some of the pic's were more private than others and asked the person to delete them from their computer and family tree. I did originally post them for the family friend and his father to enjoy them because the father actually knew the people in the pic's who have passed away since.

This person is such a distant relative that they don't even know the people in the pic's or even knew they existed until I contacted them and introduced myself as a relative.

Am I right in doing this? Maybe not, I don't know!


  1. Hi Northern Girl, I suggest you secure/lock down any/all family information/photos so it is not readily accessible via public internet search (ie. google,, facebook, etc.). Most sites have settings to disengage public access. If they don't, then err on side of caution...don't post at that site.

  2. By the way, you have provided great general information and guidelines for those of us doing ancestral research. Keep up the good work!

  3. Yes, blocking the access to the public is the answer. I thought I would share my mistake so that others could learn from it.

    Unfortunately, I didn't realize that my cousin didn't have it secured.

    Thanks for the heads up! It's good to know. :)

    Also, thank you for your kind words! I appreciate the feedback! I have been working on genealogy for so many years now I thought I would share my knowledge.


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