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Am I a name collector?

It’s my tree and that is how I like it.

The other day I saw somebody commenting that they would never bother to even look at a tree with fewer than 2000 people. This was in a Facebook group where the central theme was DNA. Others won’t look at a tree with high numbers and no sources. These comments are always made in a rather patronising sniffy way and usually include the derogatory phrase “name collector”.

When I saw the latest comment, I felt sorry for them as they will be missing out and maybe big time. Since I started tracking down my DNA matches, my tree has doubled in size. It was already in the range of what some would dub name collecting as I have always followed through as many siblings and their descendants as far forward as I can through census returns and I had some prolific ancestors. I have had other people sharing their own research which has added to the total. I have also tried to collect Lewcocks as part of my vague surname study. I choose to keep it all together in one master tree because it’s my tree and that is how I like it and when I do, if I do, find the connection I can just join them up!!

Now this is paying dividends and I am able to add the descendants of the siblings who went to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA and their descendants. The advent of ThruLines has helped confirm parts of my paper trail and also added new twigs and their branches to follow up.

Another comment I often see these days is some rather thoughtless and often plain unkind comments about people with private trees, or no trees or unlinked trees. I get quite cross when I read them. Currently (and temporarily) my tree on Ancestry is private but searchable because it includes my DNA matches and I wanted to have an up to date version uploaded quickly to see if more came up on the ThruLInes – these matches have been removed on the version hosted here. Other people have no tree through adoption or just beginning their research – that’s why they tested their DNA in the first place. The same complainants also get cross when they don’t instantly receive a reply to their messages. I have to admit to being rather tardy sometimes in my own replying because I end up disappearing down a research rabbit hole to see if the suggested connection is true and so it may be a little while before I can reply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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