How can a profile display a birth date 28 years later than its death date?

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I found a profile that displays a year of birth 28 years after the year of death. I've posted a comment on the profile, so the manager hopefully will correct it. However, I think it would be good in the meantime if someone could add an alert for post-mortum birth dates. As it is, the year of birth being off by so much resulted in a duplicate profile with the correct year of birth. (I have proposed a merge).

WikiTree profile: Benjamin Linn
in WikiTree Tech by Loretta Layman G2G6 Mach 3 (30.2k points)

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Best answer
I think the question is more about Wikitree behavior.  How is it possible to have a birth date later than the death date on a profile.
by Guy Constantineau G2G6 Pilot (350k points)
selected by Jillaine Smith
Exactly Guy. I hope an alert or warning can be attached when adding or editing profiles.

There is no current auto-check that checks for these things. It might be on the to-do list.

Replying to a 2015 comment... here it is October 2019 and I don't think it's on the "to-do" list, or the list is way too long.  Anyway, I'd like to bring to the attention of admins it seems silly NOT to have an alert for those who have passed away before birth.  In this case (above) birth is 28 years after the year of death. 

Admins you'd be doing good by helping all those profiles typos right from the get go.  Hint:  When a year is 'impossible' to be, alert us, so we can catch it and correct it please.  Maybe it will help cut down on a few more errors/suggestions example ->"almost empty profiles with no dates"  Thank you for your time and consideration and see you again in another four years.  Happy WikiTreer Smiles!

Paula, have you checked that this is still the case? Since the original post, the database errors work was implemented and there should now be such warnings. If not, please start a new thread.
+5 votes

Birth year is 1846, not 1946.

Benjamin Franklin Linn

Find A Grave Index

Name Benjamin Franklin Linn
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1918
Event Place Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon, United States of America
Photograph Included Yes
Birth Date 15 Apr 1846
Death Date 22 Mar 1918
Affiliate Record Identifier 9025450
Cemetery Mountain View Cemetery


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+4 votes

Benjamin Franklin Linn
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Birth:  Apr. 15, 1846
Adams County
Illinois, USA
Death:  Mar. 22, 1918
Oregon City
Clackamas County
Oregon, USA
Family links: 
  Philip Edmond Linn (1811 - 1886)
  Mahala McDannald Linn (1813 - 1859)
  Susan Catherine Noyer Linn (1853 - 1923)
  Alfred Benjamin Linn (1871 - 1944)*
  Francis Ely Linn (1873 - 1914)*
  Timothy Wilbur Linn (1875 - 1964)*
  Milda Jane Linn Powell (1880 - 1935)*
  Hester Ann Linn Bates (1883 - 1922)*
  Elizabeth Ann Linn Bullard (1832 - 1879)*
  Benjamin Franklin Linn (1846 - 1918)
  Thomas J Linn (1848 - 1848)*
  Sarah Esther Linn (1849 - 1852)**
  Josephine Mahala Linn May (1852 - 1917)*
  Philip Edmond Linn (1853 - 1936)**
  Granville Bond Linn (1856 - 1937)**
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery 
Oregon City
Clackamas County
Oregon, USA
Plot: First Addition-Lot 72 Grave 3,
Maintained by: Jill and Julie
Originally Created by: Floral~Lady
Record added: Jul 02, 2004 
Find A Grave Memorial# 9025450
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+4 votes
It's a typo.. Just corrected it and will add Frank's links. Thanks, Frank , and thanks for the alert, Loretta.
by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (841k points)
You're very welcome Maggie. I did assume it was a typo.
Thanks, Maggie -- I created Linn-611, and I can't tell if I made the typo or if it was on the other profile. Either way, I apologize if it was *my* mistake! :)

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