Don't Always Follow The Crowd
Some of the sites employ elements of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a technique in which an organization or individuals use many people or a crowd for pay or free to give information to solve a problem. Wikipedia is a prime example. Anyone can edit and contribute to Wikipedia. Ancestry.com family trees also uses crowdsourcing. Is all the information true?
I also have attended family reunions and communicated with previously unknown cousins. I will be forever grateful for meeting my cousin the late Roger Dale Wilson. He showed me the Caston and Brumfield connection through Liddie Brumfield Caston. I would like to acknowledge my cousins who helped me along my mission Lexie Mae Bullock Johnson, Lexie Pearl Smith Elmore, Daisy Smith, Gerald Hollins, Manual Graves, Carletta Graves, Eddie Brumfield Jr., Kerry Shelton, Belinda Howard and the late Eddie J. Brumfield Sr.
Ancestry.com has used crowdsourcing on the family trees they have listed. I have looked on Ancestry.com at other family trees listed and there are errors in the information. There are also errors in the information that I have on my trees on Ancestry.com. When I find the true information, I try to make corrections.
Most recently on my tree, I listed Annie Gatlin who married Thomas J. Brumfield as a child of Jack Gatlin Sr. and Alice Conerly. When I reviewed my sources, Annie Gatlin was never listed as a child of Jack Gatlin Sr. and Alice Conerly. I really don’t know where I got that information. I did not record my source which is a newbie mistake. The information I recorded was wrong and three other people put the wrong information on their Ancestry.com trees.
My lesson is to check and record the source. Don't always follow the crowd because the crowd could be wrong.