How to resolve a guy that is now his own brother?

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So someone else had added Potgieter 879

and I added Potgieter-1002 as part of my Gedcom upload

and now I see they are the same person.  We will have to sort out the name difference - one has an extra -es added - but how do we merge these two into the same person?
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in The Tree House by Johan Potgieter G2G2 (2.7k points)

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Hi Johan,

You can propose a merge between them.  Since you are one profile manager, your approval will be automatic.  The other profile manager will receive a message indicating that the merge has been proposed.  If the other profile manager approves the merge, it will happen immediately,  If the other profile manager takes no action then in 30 days the merge will receive "default approval" by the system.  At that point, any member can complete the merge.

You probably want to contact the other profile manager first, to resolve the first name spelling so that you know which one to keep when the merge is completed.  I also noticed that one middle name has an extra "a" in it.

If there were major discrepancies between the 2 profiles then you would want to create an "unmerged match" instead of a "proposed merge" to allow for resolution of all the issues, but in this case, it is only very minor spelling differences, so I would go ahead and create the "proposed merge".

Here's how to get the merge process started:

Scroll all the way down on one profile and click the "(initiate a merge)" link under Pending Merges.  Enter the ID of the other profile (the lower number should be in the bottom space).  Finally, click the MERGE button.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (945k points)
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