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Can someone tell me how a member accomplishes entering a name on the site not connected to anyone. Very strange.

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  • It's in an unusual place. Under the Recents menu, there is "Add Unconnected Person"
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  • Browsing around here and there, it looks like the user, D.J. Blackwood, who created this record is working on his family by getting all the Blackwoods in a section of Newfoundland, Canada, entered into FamilyTree. He is clearly keeping track of what he is doing because he worked on the above record in July 2017 and November 2018.

    This can be a really useful type of research, sometimes called cluster research, in which one tries to identify more about ones direct ancestors by assembling all the side branches.

    Here is more of the family he has entered.
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/per...

    Looks like he is doing a lot of good research.
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  • I don't know if I'd call it good for any of the other families I see his name on most of the pages for Newfoundland. I noticed a lot of the members added their families back as early as 2012 and this person started a new family with the same names, stats and dates and merged the original. Some people would call that a Genealogy junkie. LOL! Anyway thanks for answering my question Gordon.
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    • Just FYI, you will probably find that there are no PIDs in FamilyTree that (according to their change history) were created before 2012. That is because it was in 2012 that Family Search transferred all of the record data that was in the NewFamilySearch database into the current FamilySearch database. That is why so many records in the database now have a history showing its original creation in 2012 by someone named "FamilySearch".

      Records showing a creation by FamilySearch around 2012 are from records that were originally created much, much earlier.
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  • As noted, a seemingly unconnected name can be added by any user. For those born within the past couple of generations, there may be connecting people to ancestral lines, but in most cases, those connecting people are going to be living individuals.

    Laws of privacy throughout the world are observed by FamilySearch, since it is an international site that reaches many millions of people as allowed by local jurisdictions. Therefore, any record of a living person is only viewable by the user who entered the person's information.

    In addition, there are many records in Family Tree that were the result of extraction programs performed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These records were constructed from one source that may have no more information that appears in a birth record. Those things tend to float out in the tree and are not connected to any branch of the massive tree.

    These records often were part of a previous system. FamilySearch FamilyTree is the current iteration of a long list of genealogical projects undertaken by the Church, and as such, needs human intervention in maintaining it and cleaning up the duplicates.

    Rather than throw out and start from scratch, the previous system (newFamilySearch.org) had a universal tree like FamilyTree, but it was not fully developed and could not accommodate increased traffic, use, and large databases. But the raw data was still valuable. Many of the records that you see coming in from 2016 and earlier are from that earlier system.

    There have also been a number of problems and the system is still undergoing development to reduce the duplicity involved when a person adds one of their deceased relatives to the tree.

    Many users are inexperienced when it comes to using the resources that are available with Family Tree. The system is far from intuitive and needs a lot of work with consistency when it comes to how links, terms, and phrases are used. Unfortunately, with a site as complex as FamilySearch, there are many teams involved and as far as I (and other users can determine), there is not a style guide that dictates how various elements are to be used to maintain consistency.

    There is a lot of work yet to be done. The best we users can do is to suggest improvements and report problems as we come across them. The best way to report a problem or concern is to document who, what, and where.

    Who is involved -- provide the "PID" (person identification number, which takes the form of xxxx-xxx)

    Provide a detailed description of the concern and, where possible attach screen shots of the problem. (There is an "Add Image" at the bottom right corner of all replies (it does not appear for comments.)

    If the problem involves sources, images, indexes, or other features of the site, provide the URL (the internet address) for the page that is involved. Again, screen shots are always helpful.
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  • There are many reason to put in Persons that aren't necessarily connected to the User. As Adrian and Gordon point out it might because of better Sources and the desire from the Genealogy world to do "exhaustive" search.  Knowing the names in that village is important to discern that these two names are or are not duplicates. Knowing the relatives, neighbors, godparents flesh out the wider family relations and the Persons involved.

    In fact a couple organizations have done great work in stitching together families in a locale. For instance, in French Canada, PRDH has built a whole plex from multiple collection and different record types (christen, marriage, death). Knowing these family reconstructions is amazing. https://www.genealogiequebec.com/blog/en/2017/10/24/what-is-the-prdh/
    Knowing this I can know that Joseph Martel in Canada is not very unique - lots of dups... until I look at the various families stitched together. So the fact that some Users are doing the same tells me they are learning about their families, extended families, and non-family members to help that User paint a more complete representation. Also work has been done with royal and medieval families.

    So work on your own family, but don't be afraid to know the village they are from and the other village members, cousins or not.
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    I inherited boxes of documents, newspaper clippings, wedding and anniversary announcements from my grandmother and great grandmother. If I cannot find the person in the Family Tree that the document belongs to, I will create a new person so that I can attach the document.

    A lot of what I have received are materials that were my grandmother's and great grandmother's friends and neighbors - with no relation to them to me.

    These items maybe helpful to another family. I am glad there is an option to add an unconnected person so that I can preserve these records that have been saved for many generations ... though they don't belong to any of my family.
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    When there is confusion and 2 separate families keep getting merged or having children incorrectly re-arranged, If you go and do as much documenting on the other unrelated family and their kids, it will tend to help people to see that there are differences and make it more difficult for them to make mistakes, thus screwing up work you've done on your own relations.
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