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From: "k.mackay2" <>
Subject: Re: Beware when exchanging info!
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 18:50:03 -0000
I am afraid to say I had a similar experience, in that I exchanged
information with a distant relative last year and went on to Ancestry
recently and found the same clicked onto a link and was horrified to find my
living relatives on there with incorrect information as well. I contacted
them and have had no reply and email my relative who apologised but said she
had not realised and had sent it by mistake. So beware all. Ancestry have
no email or contact number that you can find and by the time I had sent the
email I was more than frustrated and disappointed in someone I thought I
could trust with the information.
----- Original Message -----
From: Clive Holden <>
Sent: 18 December 2002 16:21
Subject: Beware when exchanging info!
> Hello all,
> On a general topic, I feel I should warn everyone to be careful when
exchanging genealogical info with others.
> Somewhat naively some months ago I exchanged GEDCOMs with a lady who
contacted me about some common ancestors. I naturally presumed that we
would use this information for our own private research.
> Imagine my delight today when using a search engine for a surname I'm
researching that it turned up a website which appeared to contain the names
of exactly those people I was looking for. When I clicked on the site
however my delight turned to dismay when I found that the site contained
all my GEDCOM info on a large part of my family history including
information on myself and my closest living relatives! I then saw that the
site was owned by the person I'd exchanged the GEDCOM with month's earlier!
> At no time had she indicated that she had this site or ask my permission
to use my info on it, nor is there any acknowledgment on there to me for my
> In future I shall be very careful when exchanging information and ask that
people request my permission if they intend to publish that info on a
website. I shall certainly not pass on any information on living relations.
> Some of you may consider I'm over reacting but I am truly very annoyed!
> Kind regards and best wishes to all for the Season
> Clive Holden (Kent GB)
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