I need direction on how to split profiles

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A mistake has been made when researching my Great Grandfather.

A man with the same name of George Wishart Smith has been added, with loads of information (done by me), family, census, parents etc however, there was always this one thing bothering me - his date of birth.   
Finally I have found more information to prove the are in fact two different people with the same name however born 3 years apart.

I have so much vital information on the wrong George and I've paid for certificates so I would love to ensure this information stays available for his descendants - how do I split their profiles?
Thank you for your help
WikiTree profile: George Smith
in WikiTree Help by Anna Page G2G1 (1.3k points)

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You will have to create a new profile for one of the two people.  But before you do that, do the work of separating the information.  When this happens to me, I create two biographies:

==Biography for George Smith A==

==Biography for George Smith B==

Then I start dividing the biographical material between them.  I find it very helpful to have both on the same page when I do this because sometimes I'll assign some fact to one person and then realize it belongs to the other person and at that point it's easy to move it.  Make sure your sources go with the facts.  

Then when you are comfortable that both biographies are as good as you can make them, create a new profile for one of them, and cut and paste that biography to the new profile, and now make sure the the dates in the data field for each profile match the biography and sources for that profile.
by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (389k points)
selected by Anna Page
Thank you so much Jack - that is wonderful help!

I always knew deep down it was the wrong family, as I couldnt shake his date of birth being wrong by 3 years but I was told to follow the trail and if was wrong I could fix it later.

Glad I have realised the error and it can now be corrected.

Thank you
Thank you for the explanation of how to separate men of the same name.

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