and Your Ancestry Member Tree

 Like nearly all genealogists, I’ve my household tree on  My tree profiles comprise Images (primarily for latest ancestors), Paperwork (some I paid for) and Notes (primarily normal notes and reality notes for ancestors).  I’ve over 65,000 profiles in my Ancestry Member Tree which I synchronize each week with my grasp household tree stored in RootsMagic.  The aim of the Images, Paperwork  and Notes is to encourage sharing with different researchers  and I’ll proceed to take action.

1) simply modified their Phrases and Circumstances as of three August for user-created content material (i.e., names, relationships, dates, locations, details, media, notes, and so forth.) – you possibly can learn them at

2)  As is her wont and self-assigned job, The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, was on the ball and has analyzed the modifications in factors out that as of two September, can use ANY info you present for any goal they select.  Her abstract paragraph is:

In plain English, the rights to make use of that household picture you posted, that story you wrote and uploaded, that snippet of household historical past you’ve shared principally now belong to Ancestry. You may proceed to make use of it elsewhere if you want, because you’re nonetheless technically the proprietor, however you possibly can’t do something to cease Ancestry from utilizing it any method it desires, endlessly.”

3)  Roberta Estes, on her DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy weblog, has extra feedback and proposals for researchers involved about this in Roberta’s takeaway is:

If you wish to take away something presently uploaded, do it BEFORE September 2nd and DO NOT UPLOAD ANYTHING ELSE in case you are not keen to permit Ancestry everlasting unfettered capability to make the most of your paperwork and pictures.”

She additionally gives express instructions on how to do that.

4)  My tackle that is:

*  This can be a BIG DOG within the genea-kennel transfer on the a part of  They’ve rather a lot invested in all of the private and non-private Ancestry Member Bushes.  

*  It might be not possible for me to delete images, paperwork and notes for my ancestral profiles and albeit would waste my time.  There are not any priceless artistic endeavors or deathless prose in my tree, solely Images that I’ve in my household collections, Paperwork from my household collections, and Notes that I’ve written, transcribed or summarized based mostly by myself analysis and what I’ve present in out-of-copyright works.  I’m too outdated and there is an excessive amount of water over the falls for me to butcher my Ancestry household tree.  I am not going to waste my time on deleting something.

*  Notes on tree profiles in my tree are hidden from viewing by different researchers (until they’re editors on my tree).  So be it, however they’re nonetheless on the profiles and can entry it and use it in the event that they want to.  They’re additionally in my RootsMagic database, and plenty of are in my Genea-Musings weblog posts.

*  Relatively than delete images and tales one-by-one, a decided Ancestry Member Tree person may delete their whole Ancestry Member Tree earlier than 2 September.  Earlier than they do this, they may create a GEDCOM file of their tree of their family tree software program – with out images and notes – and add it as a NEW Ancestry tree.  The family tree content material (names, dates, relationships, locations, occasions, details, sources, and so forth.) would nonetheless be there however the content material that customers may wish to defend is not going to be there.  The Hints would nonetheless be generated by Ancestry randomly, however the file attachments must be generated once more.

*  Why would do that?  What are they planning to make use of all of our knowledge for?  Is there a BIG Ancestry World Household Tree (keep in mind that?) of their future?  A BIG Ancestry World Household Tree can be a “NEW” public database that they may “promote” to subscribers.  The most important problem can be making a BIG tree editable with sources, and one way or the other moderating content material for every profile.  We all know that they use all people’s Ancestry Member Bushes to search out DNA “Frequent Ancestors,” to counsel “Potential Ancestors” on timber and ThruLines, they usually used some form of BIG tree to help the “We’re Associated” cellular app up to now.  I wrote about this in in February 2019 with assist from a reader.

*  I feel that this can be a main unforced error on’s half.  This may antagonize some Ancestry subscribers and price them subscriptions.  A major variety of images, tales and notes can be deleted by customers within the subsequent month.  Nevertheless it’s their firm they usually can do what they need inside authorized and contract limits, together with altering their Phrases and Circumstances.

5)  What do you suppose?  What is going to you do?  


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