BurgessDonnelly, Thank you. I really believe after all is said and done, that is the way to go. I was really agonizing over making my tree private when I started this post. Now, I am convinced that is what I will do. I will probably do what you have done, and rely on the contacts I will make from people, who want a connection or just to share information. I had not thought of keeping a tree for public use. What do you mean by barebones? just names and no dates? or what? Thanks.