Open Thread Thursday – Conflicting Versions of Family History

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These week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Have you ever had your family history research challenged or questioned at your blog or website? In the past few weeks we’ve heard from a few readers who were dealing with either family members or other researchers who disputed the research posted on the site.

Understandably, for many of us we are protective of our genealogy research due to the effort we’ve invested in it. At the same time, naturally we would want the best information about our ancestors even if it meant correcting what we have listed.

There are many elements involved when handling a challenge to what you’ve posted publicly on your blog in terms of your family history: what is the genealogy experience level of the person making the challenge? were they friendly when they contacted you or did they take personal offense at what you had posted? Did they contact you privately or did they post a comment or even counter-post at their own site?

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Please either post on today’s topic of “genealogy conflicts” at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section:

  • Have you ever been challenged or questioned by another family member about the genealogy research info you’ve posted? How about by a complete stranger?
  • What was your first reaction (true confessions here!)?
  • Did the person make the challenge in order cover up a delicate situation or to expose a previously covered-up situation?
  • How did the person contact you? Were they friendly?
  • What was the genealogy experience level of the person making the challenge? Did their experience level have an impact on how you handled the challenge?
  • And how was the matter settled if it was settled?

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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