What's the criteria to reject a match?

+2 votes
So, I do a 'Find Matches' on my Watchlist folks ... and I get lots of stuff where my person has parents and siblings and the 'match' person has a spouse and no parents and marriage dates that line up ... so, what's the action?  leave it alone or do a reject?  And a follow up question, if I do a 'reject' and the owner of the profile updates something on the profile, is that 'reject' nullified ... I'd hope so ...
in Genealogy Help by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
Personally, if there's a possibility that they might be the same person (like when one has parents and no spouse, and the other has a spouse and no parents), I don't mark them as a rejected match. The rejected match is meant to show that while these two people look similar, they are not the same person. So I only do it if I'm sure.

As for your second question, no, a rejected match does not go away if one of the profiles is changed. It's there for good, unless someone removes it.
by Liander Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (459k points)
If the marriage dates lined up, I'd be tempted to make them an "unmerged match" if one of them was in my direct tree.  I regularly check the proposed, unmerged, and rejected matches in my direct line (although the rejected matches can take a while as there are so many of them - especially for the Joneses and Johnsons in my tree).

Anyway, I do that for my direct line, or with a notification to the profile manager by private e-mail, because searches from the watchlist will ignore unmerged matches. My purpose in marking two profiles as an unmerged match is to highlight them, not have them ignored.


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