|Anna Gerken Kuck|
However, a week ago I happened to notice that someone had uploaded the above picture of my 4th great grandmother Anna Gerken Kuck to their family tree. My first thought was 'excellent' because now I might potentially meet another Kuck relative. So I clicked the link which took me to their tree and my exuberance was soon dampened. The person who had uploaded my Anna Gerkan had attached her as being married to a Johann Gerken, not to my 4th great grandfather Hinrich Kuck. They had Anna's mother with a surname of Gerken and her father with a completely different surname. Much of that person's tree had numerous inconsistencies like that with absolutely no records to back any of it up. Obviously it was a person who was just attaching people to their tree with little thought put into it.
I can say that because I was such a person when I initially started my ancestry quest. However, after finding out I had several errors early on that research pointed out to me that totally changed entire large branches of my family tree, I rectified the situation by doing a severe pruning job. Gradually the branches have grown back out based upon research again and my family tree is far reaching once again. Along the way, I have stumble across many family trees not so thoroughly based upon research and full of bad information. These trees get copied to other trees until bad information outweighs the good information and I have people writing me emails questions the accuracy of mine information until they see my research.
So I politely sent the person an email asking them to remove the picture from their family tree until such time they can show me proof that it belongs there. The next day the picture was gone and they have yet to respond to my email. I hope that nipped the bud before it had a chance to germinate into bad information added to a website full of similar bad information.