I would like an opinion on the use of personal family trees as sources for a profile.

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I don't believe that personal family trees are appropriate source citations for WikiTree profiles.  Could I get a consensus of opinion?
WikiTree profile: Felix Stambach
in Policy and Style by Sharon Sinclair G2G1 (1.5k points)

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I don't think of them as "inappropriate" but, rather, "inadequate".  Sometimes you start out with them simply because they are all you have, but you should try to find records that support the facts you state to replace the family trees with.  They do make a good starting place to point you in the right direction to conduct your research.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (820k points)
selected by Mary Jo Freeman
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I think they are a potential source for research purposes - I have found inaccuracies, but also new leads.
by Catherine Mckeane G2G2 (2.1k points)
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I would be more likely to trust grandma's hand-written tree from 1930 than an Ancestry tree on the internet. For the most part, most people know who their grandparents are, so a person's memory for a generation or two back is generally reliable (please note the emphasis on generally!). After that, the past becomes the land of fable. Some family histories turn out to be surprisingly correct even after being passed down by word of mouth for several generations, and others are total bupkiss.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (180k points)
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I don't believe you'll find many, if even any, who would disagree with you. What's the true purpose of your question?
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (535k points)
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Depends.  I mean how was it made? Has a family Bible with all births recorded as they happened and that was passed down and so forth to where you have some solid foundation to five or so generations of folks you can then build on with other sources - you have to know the history of that particular tree
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (145k points)

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