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I'd like to clean up my Ancestry.com trees by identifying which facts in a tree came from other users - facts that may not be reliable.

  1. Can I identify the source of individual pieces of information as either based on my research or other-user-sourced data?
  2. Is there a way I can gather all the user-sourced data for review (either on-line or in a downloadable or exported file)?
  3. Is there a mechanism for deleting all, or selected parts of, the user-sourced data?
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I have split the overarching question into distinct parts. I hope it has not altered your intentions. –  Fortiter Nov 3 '12 at 13:14

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To the best of my knowledge, there is no way to do what you want on the Ancestry site. You might be able to play with a downloaded GEDCOM file but that would mainly depends n exactly who sources were recorded in your online tree.

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It would also depend on what Ancestry exports onto its GEDCOM and whether it recognises the same stuff when reloaded. And when I looked I wasn't confident it could round trip everything. –  AdrianB38 Nov 3 '12 at 18:06

I am not sure that Ancestry.com allows you to aggregate across people in a tree; for a particular person, look at the sources for a given event or fact. If the source is missing, or if it points to someone else's tree, then you can delete that fact.

Another possibility would be to export the tree via a GEDCOM file to another program, manipulate it there, and then re-import. To re-import, you'll either need Ancestry's FamilyTreeMaker desktop software, or you'll need to create a new online tree. Currently, there is no way that I know of to upload bits and pieces of a tree directly.

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