Disproven existence for John Bascom?

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John Bascom and his family were figments of Gustave Anjou's fradulent genealogy.

Are there any concerns with changing his profile - as well as those of similarly fraudulent family members - to the Disproven Existence Category, and applying the Disproven Existence project box?
WikiTree profile: John Bascom
in Genealogy Help by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
edited by S Willson
Looks like it's time to transfer him from the PGM Project to Disproven existence.
Do check with the current PGM project leaders. In the past, we kept PGM as a co manager of even disproven existence profiles because PGM project volunteers are more likely to be familiar with the context and research. But the new project leadership may have a different stance.
WikiTree style guide is that there are only 4 major headings for the narrative:  Biography (required), Research Notes (optional), Soures (required), and Acknowledgements (optional).  For this and similar profiles to receive the Disproven Existence label, I would suggest that the narrative be upgraded to show:

Biography -- Should contain a statement that research has shown that the person never existed.  May summarize "facts" previously and falsely attributed to the person, such as birthplace, dates, etc, and links to profiles of those previously shown as parents, spouses and children.

Research Notes -- should document why we believe the person never existed.  There should be one or more solid sources for this conclusion.

Sources -- in line citations are best, but there must be something.

In the data field the connections to other family members should be removed, since people who hever existed cannot have parents, spouses or children.  Links to these people should be under biography.

The purpose of all this is to basically "quarantine" the profile so it will not be found by someone looking for ancestors on WikiTree, but if it IS found, contains an adequate explanation as to why it has been disconnected.

Disproven Existence Project should be a profile manager of disproven existence profiles, but can be a co-manager along with another interested project.

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Oh, yes, please. I'm so happy this one is being looked at. Bascom's ancestors are faux Huguenot and the France project would definitely like to see this family properly identified as fraud (and love to help).

There are a bunch of "connexions" to other migrating families in his "ancestry" too, but we must eat the elephant one bite at a time.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (455k points)

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