Advice before merging these pre-1700 Middleton profiles? [closed]

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Middleton-4366 is a duplicate of Middleton-6205 (side-by-side comparison) so they should be merged.

Should I contact one of the pre-1700 projects or know about any style guidelines before proceeding?

Or perhaps someone with more WikiTree experience would like to complete the merge? Let me know if you do. Thanks!

(I will join the England project when I have the time, apologies for being a rubbish wikitreer.)

WikiTree profile: Richard Middleton
closed with the note: Merge completed
in Genealogy Help by L Felix G2G1 (2.0k points)
closed by L Felix

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I noticed that the fathers and mothers are the same on both profiles, so I merged the fathers which were both orphaned, and I proposed a merge for the mothers.

I also noticed that the spouse has a duplicate profile as well. As long as the data looks the same in both of her profiles, they look as if they could be merged and the information that is correct retained. Or, at least marked as unmerged match. Both are orphans as well.

The two Richard profiles look like they are definitely the same person; you will need to determine which death date is correct, and add a source (if there isn't one already for it in one of the profiles.)
by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
selected by L Felix
Thank you so much
As S said, when you find 2 profiles that look the same, you have to also look at the parents, spouse and children.  It is much better to check all of them at the same time and propose merges.  Frequently, you find that the parents profiles look the same but they are actually duplicated with different IDs, so we recommend parents profiles be merged first.  Of course, once you find parents duplicated, that means another entire generation should be checked for duplicates - parents, spouses, and children.  I have gone 5 generations, at least, back when I found one duplicated pair of profiles. Because of the 30 day default period when profiles have PM, it is better to get them all proposed at the same time.  

I have also found that at some point back, there is information that shows there are different parents, so there could then be 2 families with similar names which needs to be sorted out before the other merges should be done.
Yes, I have been looking at the whole families, not just Richard Middleton. But, I have merged the Richards because they obviously were the same person. I did not realise you had to propose merges for whole families all at the same time. I hadn’t noticed this being done, I apologise.

To be honest this is my first foray into dabbling with Wikitree and within 20 minutes of merging, & whilst I was still working, someone had added a comment, which was quite disheartening & I stopped. I had intended to try to sort out Richard et al, of whom I have quite a bit of info,  but I realise I don’t know enough about Wikitree & shall re-orphan the profiles.
Don't orphan anything.  Having a PM is better than no one watching over them.

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