How do you let a member know that the lineage they are sending you is not relevant to your research?

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I listed surnames I am researching but am being sent a ton of research on lineage that breaks from mine. (I was looking to go backwards from the name instead of forward to current. ) How do I let that person know that I am finished researching that line? Or does it  matter? Do I just let the suggestions keep coming and thank the member? Secondly, how do I let a member know that the information they are sending me is not the correct lineage. ie. the name Wilson, but am receiving information on lineages that I know are not the Wilson's I am researching. Thank you.
in Policy and Style by N W G2G Crew (340 points)
recategorized by Keith Hathaway
Hi Nancy,

We sure do have some very helpful members!  I'm glad they have been working for you.  They help so many people!

Usually you can tell them just like you spoke candidly here.  They are aiming to assist you and would like nothing more than for you to guide them.

They need any details you can share such as the specific direction you wish to go in this case.  Names, dates, marriages, locations... any clue you can hook them up with could be the one they need to unlock your family puzzle.

Best of all is to have a profile already created for the person with all known details and sources attached.  Your G2G posts can then contain a link directly to the profile which makes it easier for the volunteers.

I hope this helps :)
little add on...

If we ask them "Looking for information on John Jones in NY" then they sometimes come back with exactly that... endless records or various JJs in NY any time in the last few hundred years.

If we ask for help finding the unknown parents of John M. Jones b. Aug 3, 1901 in Maple, NY who married May Day, etc...... now our generous volunteers have something to work with!
Best Answer for Keith!!!!



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