I have a very large family from a tiny town in Illinois with the surname Hoffman. I have many photos of my great grandma and 2nd great grandma. Some include her siblings and are of things like german baptisms family records, photos of the house etc. So I posted these to my tree, and made it public hoping to make connections with my huge network of cousins. ( it's so big my second cousin was my daughters 1st grade teacher in Los Angeles) And we had no idea until I heard my aunt talking to her grandma on the phone.
Anyway, I am sure it happens a lot, when you have a tree with a common name like Hoffman, and then there are 11 or 15 kids, people that are not related, think they are.
So what do you do when someone hijacks all your family photos, and then links them to a family with the wrong names, and ages? I have since made my tree private, but I really hate having a private tree. I messaged the lady telling her that the information she has is not related to my grandmother but I thought it was just one photo. I didn't realize she took the entire gallery, including documents that don't support the name of the person she linked them to. :| She also has census, linking my great grandma to Chicago, (where she never lived) when she had been living in Los Angeles since 1915!
Honestly, I feel a little violated. Like someone stole my stuff. Is that an over-reaction?
Are there rules? Is there a protocol? From her, this misinformation started to spread.