Friday, February 25, 2011

Connecting with owners of online data

I contribute data to a TNG website dedicated to families from the town of West Brookfield, MA.  I have the ability to monitor traffic to the site and see what individuals are of interest to viewers.  Then I make an effort to see what additional information I can post on those particular individuals.  I also check to see that I have done a good job of citing my sources.

This morning while looking for more information, I discovered that I had a maiden name which was probably incorrect, and that I had not listed the source where I had found the incorrect name.  I was able to correct the error and add the sources, but I have no way to contact the researcher who accessed the incorrect information.  I hope this person will come back to the sight and see the corrected information. 

What do you do when you find incorrect information online? 
Do you try to contact the owner of the tree?