Accuracy of Geni trees

Started by George Harcourt on Sunday, June 5, 2011

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6/5/2011 at 9:55 PM

I believe the accuracy of genealogical information on Geni is entirely unreliable. I find a man marrying a man and giving birth to himself!

No evidence is ever presented to link one generation to another. Is Geni a sham?

Am I alone in this observation?

( Thomas Everit Averett Icn_world
Birth: 1649
, Chowan, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:
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Husband of Thomas Everit
Father of Thomas Everit
Added by: Kathryn Smith on October 13, 2009
Managed by: Kathryn Jean Smith

6/5/2011 at 10:24 PM

Hello George.
Geni is a *collaborative* family tree. It means that anyone, *anyone* can put whatever he likes on Geni.
It is similar to Wikipedia. On Geni there is a team of curators that can do some changes on public profiles, but as long as one puts wrong data on his private profiles - there is almost nothing to do.
I'm a geni user like you, and when I saw some "Harry Potter" profiles, I decided that it's OK unless they are connected to real people, you can join Geni project about "fake profiles"- http://www.geni.com/projects/Fake-or-Pretend-Profiles-on-geni-com
and you can report profiles as fake

6/5/2011 at 10:35 PM

George Harcourt

If you can cut and paste the link to the profile in question into this discussion, someone can look into it. It's not an area I curate in, but one of the curators may know the family and have source information or be able to find it.

The Big Tree gets better over time as more people work on it. In the case of public and especially historical profiles/families, curators and users look for primary or secondary sources to verify the data. It's a large tree and not all areas have even begun to be curated and most are a work in progress. However there are a lot of pros to this collaborative genealogy endeavor. I was able to find ancestors - and correct and curated ones - immediately that I was unaware of.

Private User
6/5/2011 at 11:43 PM

Hatte, I would say the profile George is referring to is Thomas Everit

6/20/2011 at 8:38 AM

To Hatte Blejer:

http://www.geni.com/search?search_type=people&names=Thomas+Ever...

To Yaacov Glezer:
The tree I mentioned is not a fantasy tree

To David Prins:

You are correct sir -thank you.

6/20/2011 at 8:39 AM

Thomas Averett is your 9th great grandfather.

I suppose he is also my 9th great grandmother too according to the information on Geni. see links in earlier posts.

Private User
6/20/2011 at 9:12 AM

Thomas Everit has only a single manager and no duplicates in geni that I can see.

Nor, for that matter, did I see any inaccuracies *around* the tree. But it's a rudimentary profile and tree.

My suggestion is for you to contact the profile manager, requesting collaboration, and work on building out the tree together. Curators are at your disposal but probably won't be needed until you hit a more confused area.

6/20/2011 at 9:25 AM

George, I never said that your tree is fictional, I just mentioned that there are people on Geni that are interested in other things than true genealogy, and maybe your tree was changed by someone whose genealogical skill are very minor

Private User
6/20/2011 at 9:30 AM

Actually I found some duplicates further down the tree and am merging. That should make a difference. My experience has been that un-merged profiles are what causes path confusion to our ancestors.

6/20/2011 at 4:09 PM

Thanks for posting the link. I am distantly related to him myself. Let us know if there are further issues in this tree we can help you with.

I agree that you ought to ask to collaborate. We have projects around families that anyone can start and it's a great way to collaboratively build out a shared tree. I look for others who view the profile, check their relationship and may invite them to the project. And of course I add anyone who is interested and contacts me, if I'm the project "owner".

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