How do you fix the son and father being duplicate profiles?

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As far as I can tell, the profile for (son) needs to be merged with the profile for (father).  Is it as simple as that - just merge those two and the son being married to his mother goes away? Help?
WikiTree profile: Thomas Mendenhall
in Genealogy Help by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (412k points)

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I would edit Mildenhall-2, disassociate Esther Maddock Dicks (wife) and Ann Ballard, (Mother) and merge M-2 and M-126.

Before doing this, verify that Anne and Esther have someone attached somehow to them so they aren't left totally orphaned. Whoops, neither of them have anyone to attach to. 

Of course, if there is alternate documentation, it should apply. 

OK Group, let's hear your suggestions. 

by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (193k points)
selected by Michelle Hartley
there's also the problem that one has a bunch of siblings while the other shows them as children.
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it got a bit messy, but I merged the profile that was both father and son with one of the duplicate sons, discarding data that belonged with father. Then "unmarried" him from his mom, matching her profile with his father's wife (another duplicate) and then merging his son with his mom away to a duplicate brother of same name.  Yup, made my head hurt too!
by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (412k points)
Wow, reading this comment was mind-bending! ;-)  


Great work, Liz.
The outcome is wrong.

140 had  130 had 131 had 150 had 126 had 150 recursive.
William, I can't follow that. I need to see it more visually. Are you saying the order should be this:

Generation #1. Mendenhall-140

2. Mendenhall-130

3. Mendenhall-131

4. Mendenhall-150

5. Mendenhall-126

and that Mendenhall-150 should be removed as child as Mendenhall-125?

If that's not right, could you tell us which order they should be in so we can help you fix it? Thanks.
you lost me too William. I just checked the tree and it's logical. And Thomas Mendenhall-126 doesn't have any children connected. (Neither does his brother Thomas Mendenhall-150... I seem to recall that I left those unmerged because of the disparity of birth years - it's possible one Thomas died young and the family named a second child Thomas (especially since the dad's name was Thomas).

I don't see that what you posted actually illustrates a current problem with the tree.

More perplexing to me is that a decision about Mildenhall-1 and Mildenhall-2 (Mildenhall or Mendenhall) is still pending 6 months later, and - if Mendenhall - then something needs to be figured out about Mendenhall-98, which should be a match for Mildenhall-2/Mendenhall-131, but has different parents (brother Francis, maybe, with Francis Mendenhall-99 born 1588 and Francis Mendenhall-141 b 1618 but both dying 1673).

If this is your line, you have quite a challenge!! I tried to help, but I don't know enough about these folks to figure out the Thomas/Francis question (unless the Mendenhalls were like my Watkins & Dixon lines, and all the brothers had sons named after their brothers... that might mean the lines of Thomas son of Francis and Thomas son of Thomas have gotten merged incorrectly... again, I don't know them well enough to suss out who's whose!).

Cheers, Liz

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