Merges proposed

+4 votes
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I decided to go through the Hanson surname looking for matches

I have been purposing matches today as finding many duplicates

on this one

http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:MergePerson&user1_name=Hanson-1523&user2_name=Hanson-870&action=compare

the lower number has ancestry com source but is not attached to any other person and the dates are close. I think it would be safe to merge as then the one is not left hanging all alone.

any thoughts?
in Policy and Style by Jacqueline Clark G2G6 Pilot (159k points)
recategorized by Keith Hathaway

3 Answers

+1 vote
That example is not a good merge. The only things that match are the birth year of 1703 and the birth place of New Hampshire. The death dates and locations are entirely different. It's very possible that these are simply two different people with the same name.

You could tag this as an unmerged match and put a comment on the profiles about the similarities.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+1 vote
I don't know, something about this makes me uncomfortable. The profile proposed to be merged away has a very specific death date and place considerably different from the other profile. Should an effort be made first the find sources for these different dates before one gets merged away?
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
Ive checked the ancestry link and it goes nowhere I aslo search ann Hanson dob 1703 New Hampshire dod 1743 and also dod 1779 all come to a Ann Hanson born in NH 1703 and married to a Jonathan Reed some trees have the 1743 death and the others have the 1779 death it is confusing. the majority have the parents as in 870.

I asked the question as the 1523 is just  sitting alone.
It seems to me it's better to leave Hanson-1523 sitting alone (without connections) than to merge a woman who died in Rhode Island in 1779 into the profile of a woman who died in Massachusetts in 1740. Merges between profiles of different people have in ghe past caused complicated messes.

The contributor who created Hanson-1523 would be a good source for information on this person. I've added a comment on that profile, to alert her (and anyone else who might be interested) to this discussion.
I believe they are a match. The death date and place of Hansen 1523 were taken over by me from someone in Ancestry back in my more trusting days. I don't know what happened to husband Jonathan Reed/Read, who was in my uploaded gedcom file. SAR applications indicate the 1765 death date and in Salem. Certainly more trustworthy.
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It is my opinion that they do not represent the same person.  I am a distant cousin of  Hanson-870 and have started to do some research into that profile as well as add a couple of sources for her. If I find some information for the other profile I will let the profile manager know.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

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