In my opinion there are valid reasons for having my family tree posted on the Family Search site.Likewise, I see valid reasons for not having it there. Here are my thoughts.
There are, among the Family Search members, very likely some who have branches that correspond to mine. They could be great sources to fill in my gaps and chip away at brick walls.
It is a free service. If I got hit by a bus tomorrow, my online data would be accessible to anyone who wanted to continue my research without having to purchase software. All other online tree databases are subscription services – no one would have access.
The Family Search tree is “open edit”. Any member can change any data at any time. I have heard complaints from users about seemingly unresolvable issues regarding dates and relationships. I recently watched a video dealing with how to deal with people who “mess up” your family information. I’m not sure I want to deal with that.
It seems that the argument about other members having information that I don’t have is countered by the fact that I can search the tree looking for my family members. That takes effort but it may be less frustrating than coping with individuals who are as stubborn as I am.
I can be sure let other who may be interested have access to my tree on subscription services, and my local computer so the information doesn’t fall into a black hole.
Several years ago I did post a partial tree on Family Search, but have not updated it in all that time. Should I delete it if I can?
Should I post my full tree? My husband’s full tree? Will I ever decide?
I will appreciate any thoughts and comments about this.