Incorrect family links

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I thought this already went so apologies for a repeat . . .

I decided to contribute to wikitreehave some massive amount of history on some early McManuses (a couple turned out duplicates that I did'n't catch due to conflicts in dates)   The earlier ones have much conflicting data among several generation, giving their own gedcoms as sources.    What they have is a combined group of names and dates from several different persons that they put together to "cover the bases" thinking maybe others will recognize it and untangle it. Major guessing.  I have contacted them without response.  The biggest issue is a wife's data (Campbel-8450) that is completely erroneous and is md to two men who are not the same spouse (duplicates with wrong father's), I have no clue how it came about. What do I do?  I'm learning wikitree by due diligence but it's exhausting to spend time trying to correct other person's profiles.  The last time they reviewed was in 2011 and 2013.  I personally do not gedcom without evidentiary support of my own which is surprisingly thorough.  Bottom line is I've done this research for so long I'm tired and don't have the energy to just put it in a book.   Is there a way out?  Please, I am not tooting my own horn, research is hard work and I've been at it daily for over a decade and NOT just entering families into software programs.  Please see McManus-714 for the kind of sourcing I use. These are a few of the problematic ones: McManus-692__McManus-694__McManus-146__Campbell-8450
WikiTree profile: James McManus
in Policy and Style by Barbara Roesch G2G6 Mach 4 (43.2k points)
I looked at Campbell-8450 and don't see two spouses. Is this one of the problem profiles?

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Hi Barb, This is how we WikiTree. It sounds like you've run into some garbled profiles in this big shared tree! It happens often -  a bit like herding cats. However, once you get the hang of it, you will find a wealth of real help and information. It IS frustrating to see incorrect realtionships, duplicates, and incomplete profiles. There is a mission here to correct all that and get it right. Sometimes we don't and sometimes it takes time, but when it is right, we love it together. I'll take a look at that Campbell profile and see whether I can help you get it sorted.

by Anonymous W G2G6 Mach 6 (65.4k points)
selected by Barbara Roesch
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McManus-692 - James McManus

Sources on profile - Rootsweb

Checked Rootsweb - there are a couple of links that are semi-helpful

This one cites an Ancestry member tree - while it's nice that they support it with a tree that may or may not have primary sources, I don't have an Ancestry account, so I can't say whether or not it's properly documented.

This one also cites an Ancestry member tree.

So essentially, these are secondary or tertiary sources, and good to at least begin researching things, but not what I would call 100% reliable to be able to state that they are properly sourced.

Family Search has one that closely resembles this person:

The birth date differs, but the father and child look similar. More research would be needed to determine if these are the same person. Of course, the Family Search profile isn't sourced either, so it's hard to tell if this is accurate, but at least from Family Search you could conceivably begin the process of finding sources.

Hope this is helpful. I've used Rootsweb several times as a tool to validate data and seek further information to pull sources, but don't generally like to use it in a way that it begins to appear as a primary source.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

This has 1 source attached to it, but I can't verify it (can't find an index to it and no image file - except on Ancestry).

  1. 1840 United States Federal Census , Year: 1840; Census Place: , Macoupin, Illinois; Roll: 64; Page: 59

Maybe that helps a little, if you can find the source and confirm.

Thanks Scott for your reference, I checked family search.  Nothing additional I'm afraid but I hadn't checked it so it was a good thing to do.

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