An article in Genealogical Computing, summer 2001 edition, by Patricia Law Hatcher,is called "Correcting bad data on the Internet".Her example was of Sarah Odding, wife of Philip Sherman of Portsmouth, RI. It said that "Her father was William, not George, and she was from Essex, not Cornwall. She continued to describe how she tried, unsuccessfully,to get the data changed on some of the Internet sites.
Then she says, "Many of us have encountered people who refuse to change "their" version of a name, date, or family relationship, even when confronted with primary sources that disprove their pet theory."
Patricia Law Hatcher is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogist. She writes and lectures on problem solving. Pat can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org