homepage Why is The Turkel Tribe website private?

How do we manage our database?
in short: go with and feel without !

The majority of people upload and maintain their family trees via the internet rather than using offline software.

We believe that there are some strong reasons to keep the master genealogical research on a local computer that can be connected to and synced with collaborative genealogy services only when necessary.

As of 2006 we have used Family Tree Maker (FTM) in collaboration with Ancestry®. We enjoyed their service and technical support until 2014. Problems started as of 2011 (ex: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Family Tree Maker was sold out in 2016. As a result we lost data and could not get effective support temporarily.

Then we periodically reviewed collaborative family trees displayed on MyHeritage, Geni, FTJP and Ancestry.

We have found critical inaccuracies in family trees of Turkel families in public trees published on MyHeritage, Geni, Ancestry®, as well as FamilySearch Family Tree.
The curators of Geni's World have not responded to our requests to correct or remove errors in the "Geni's World Family Tree".

The Support Team of MyHeritage failed to respond timely.
We had asked them to enable data transfer between
Family Tree Builder (FTB) and RootsMagic, (RM).
We found too many bugs in FTB and minor bugs in RM.

Why Rootsmagic™ is still(2019-2023) our favorite software?
We can view MyHeritage (MH) hints with RootsMagic, but not sync or "share" them like we can with other services.
It may be worthwhile to use FTB as supplemental software to access MyHeritage.com's online collections, but it is not recommended as primary genealogy software.

Ancestry® and FamilySearch Family Tree (in contrary to MyHeritage®) enable data exchange with RootsMagic.
However their databases do not cover yet the Jewish and Israeli existing resources that we are looking for.

As a result, we can't rely on any commercial site that can be untrustworthy, may be sold, change policy, and/or unintentionally "destroy our precious legacy".

Therefore we keep this site private and independent, preserving our collection of family trees, i.e. NOT allowing edits and changes by unqualified members.

Our Complementary websites:
  1. RootsMagic Online Turkel Tribe Tree up to date 2023

  2. Ancestry Online Turkel Tribe Tree up to date 2023

  3. MyHeritage Online Turkel Tribe Tree updated in a delay

  4. facebook "Turkel Tribe" group

  5. TribalPages 2004-2016

  6. The Turkel Cousins' Web Page 2008-2013 (archived)

  7. The "Turkel Tribe" Family Tree Maker 2000-2010 (archived)

  8. "Turkel Tribe" club on Yahoo Group 2002-2020 (closed)

in memory of my father Israel Menachem Türkel
© 1997-2023 'Türkel Tribe'

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