Merged two profiles. Francis-5589 into Francis-5888

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When Francis-5589 was merged into Francis-5888, she did not have a mother listed. Francis-5888 did have a mother listed.  Now, we have two listings under the father (Francis-5601) for his daughter.  One listed as a half sister.  I have not been able to clear this up.  Any ideas?
WikiTree profile: Louriney Simmons
in WikiTree Help by Frank Muellersman G2G2 (2.1k points)
retagged by Frank Muellersman

2 Answers

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Please merge Louriney and her "half-sister". If you have two different dads too then please merge them.

by Francis Lehman G2G6 Mach 4 (44.3k points)
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Frank, the half-sister is what we call a "ghost" that occasionally remains after a merge.  It is a bug that has been known for several years.  You will notice that if you click the link to the half-sister, it will take you back to the same profile - this is what is called an "auto-redirect" that happens to all links to profiles that have been merged away.

To fix it, all you have to do is go to the father's profile, edit it, and remove the half sister as his child.

On another note, Francis-5589 should not have been merged into Francis-5888.  The merge should have gone the other way.  We ALWAYS merge into the lowest number when the LNABs are the same.  I don't understand how this could have happened - the system should not have permitted it.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (870k points)
If the merge creating the ghost was a recent one, the correction as described  by Gaile should NOT be done until after Jamie has been notified.  If the merge was older, then it's ok to correct the issue.

Great advice, Melanie - THANX!  I missed the boat on that one.  Another problem here is that I can't find the record of the merge of 5589 into 5888.  I see an earlier merge a couple of years ago of a higher number into 5888, but didn't go into it to see if 5589 had been merged into that one.  Absolutely - Jamie definitely needs to know about this one!

Frank, please edit your question and add two separate words in the "tags" space - bugs and jamie - in order to get her attention (Jamie is the WikiTree exterminator - she deals with all the bugs).

Adding the tags tracked_bug (? can we, or does Jamie add thatone?) and  jamie should help.

She has been merged back and forth between her Last Name at Birth and her married name, that's how it could happen.
Gaile - I had the same thing.  Can only see that older merge.

The earlier merge was Simmons-11513 into Francis-5888 -- which should not create a ghost with a different name.   And that was back in February 2019.

The merge that appears to have create the bug was (as reported in the question) Francis-5589 into Francis-5888, but when was this merge?

Melanie - we could (and really should) have tried looking into that older merge to see if there's any more we can find out about it, but I didn't go that far - Eva apparently did - THANX Eva.  About the "tracked bug" - that's usually what Jamie changes the "bug" tag to after she sees it.  We could probably use that (I have never tried to, though), but I don't know if she follows that tag, since it would serve to group things that are already under control.

So, what we are seeing is a BUG from a merge in 2018?  surprise

10 Nov 2018 -- Merged Francis-5589 into Simmons-11513

7 Feb 2019 -- Merged Simmons-11513 into Francis-5888

That's definitely worth calling Jamie in over.

Thanks for the help!  I have added the tags.  Should I go ahead and remove the ghost from the fathers page, or wait until Jamie has a chance to look at it?
Wait until Jamie gives the go-ahead.

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