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Subject: Re: Puzzling out the errors Date: 11/15/2012 2:28 PM
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At least with Findagrave, a single individual is responsible for the posting. If you find an error, you ask the person to correct it and usually they will make the correction or at least remove the erroneous info.

With Ancestry, it is far more difficult because misinformation gets copied to many other posted trees. Correcting all of them can take much time.

Ancestry does allow you to correct errors in their census files. If it was incorrectly indexed, or the census taker spelled the name wrong, Ancestry allows you to make the correction and then your correction shows up in their searches. Eventually most census records will be corrected. (But what happens if two different families claim someone as an ancestor and insist on different spellings? Ancestry will show them both I suspect.)
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