I’m not a huge fan of the “We’re Related” app that Ancestry.com has developed for various phones.
Using my database to generate potential relatives for me from other trees is one thing. After all, that’s what I expect the app to do.
We’ve already seen how the app will “extend” my ancestry if it finds others who have earlier ancestors of my forebears in their tree than I do.
In reviewing another “match” I discovered that the app modified the information for others in my tree as displayed in the app. My great-grandmother in my tree is “Frances Iona Rampley.” That’s the name on her birth certificate. A distant relative transposed the letters in her middle name and made it “Ioan.” That’s been copied and copied and copied. It’s that way in numerous online trees and I’ve given up on getting it corrected in all of them.
And that’s how it got displayed in the app for me “Ioan.” Most likely because the app displays what appears most often.
That’s the same reason it lists her grandfather as William Slain Newman. I don’t have him that way in my tree for a variety of reasons, but most others do.
The app is not, repeat not, modifying what is on my actual tree on Ancestry.com. It is modifying what appears in my line of descent before displaying it in the app. I don’t like that.
Not one bit.