What do I do when someone sets a pair as an "unmerged match?"

+2 votes
There are times when I think a pair should be merged and the result cleaned up later.  Apparently others set pairs as unmatched merges.  When should I use "unmerged match" and when should I do the merge and then clean up?

in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (320k points)

2 Answers

+4 votes
Best answer
I use unmerged matches in 2 situations:

1) I'm merging other people's stuff (ie. I'm not that interested/knowledgable in the family) and if I kept merging, I'd be going back in time up the tree forever. So at some point, I just mark the parents as matches instead of merging them.

2) There are two profiles that seem to be the same person but have different parents. So I mark them as matches until I or someone else can investigate which are the correct parents.
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (419k points)
selected by Keith Baker
+3 votes
There are different situations. If another sets an unmerged match, check for the same birth, death and wedding dates, cheack for parents. If they all match, go ahead and merge them.  Others may not have the same parents, in which more study is needed.  I try to verify as many points as I can before performing a merge.
by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (190k points)

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