I have a password-protected family website.
Not many of my family members appear to be interested but I like having the info available but “safe” behind the password. It includes info on the living–I can refer persons to it for info and it’s a nice place to store my pics and stories with the appropriate family groups.
Recently I was surfing Ancestry.com for some info about my family and was surprised to find some of the photos from my closed website attached to some records in the Family Trees section. Initially I thought perhaps someone else in the family had shared these photos with the author, but the further I looked, the more sure I was that these photos came from my what I thought was secure website. There’s one of my sons, for example, as young boys with my grandparents that hasn’t been posted or shared anywhere else.
I have (politely) contacted the person who posted this family tree twice and have heard nothing.
I am fairly certain I know how this happened. One person I gave access to shared his/her password with others in that branch. How do I handle this?
I am a fairly generous person. I am willing to share nearly all of what I have. But that website has pictures on it that came to me from my grandmother and her siblings and their children. I feel protective of them. Had I been asked, I probably would have shared. But this somehow rubs me the wrong way. I’ve read a zillion posts like this and truthfully, sometimes think “What’s the big deal? It’s all family.”
But this time, when it happens to me, am I wrong to feel wronged?
Help me out, here. Or, as Rachel Maddow says, “Talk me down.”