Is this a valid source?

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I am cleaning up some profiles that were orphaned. There are many sources that look something like this one

* Source: <span id='S147'>S147</span> Record ID Number:  MH:S147 User ID:  7D44CDBD-48AF-4905-BD35-D70CFE32F383 Author:  Else Karin Reimers Title:  Else Reimers Text:  MyHeritage.com Familienstammbaum  CONT Familienseite: Else Reimers CONT Familienstammbaum: Else Reimers   Page:  Marie Pedersdatter Lem Event:  Smart Matching Role:  3000267 Data:   Date:  3 NOV 2011 Text:  Durch Bestätigen eines Smart Match hinzugefügt Quality or Certainty of Data:  3 

 

Is this any information to keep or edit or should I just delete it?

 

in Policy and Style by Jarl Mosand G2G1 (1.9k points)

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This is a Gedcom-generated reference to a profile in a family tree at MyHeritage.com. (I recognize it because I have imported Gedcom content from MyHeritage.) It is a poor source, but if the WikiTree profile relies on it, it is useful to keep it in order to show where the information comes from. Here's how I would edit it:

* Source: <span id='S147'>S147</span> Record ID Number:  MH:S147 User ID:  7D44CDBD-48AF-4905-BD35-D70CFE32F383 Author:  Else Karin Reimers, Title:  Else Reimers Text:  MyHeritage.com Familienstammbaum  CONT Familienseite: Else Reimers CONT Familienstammbaum: Else Reimers.   Page:  Marie Pedersdatter Lem Event:  Smart Matching Role:  3000267 Data:   Date:  3 NOV 2011 Text:  Durch Bestätigen eines Smart Match hinzugefügt Quality or Certainty of Data:  3 

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Jarl Mosand
Thank you, Ellen
I would also keep the date in the source, as a time reference for others who view the profile..
You make a good point.

I recommended not including that date because I don't see it as having much significance. It's the date that some or all of the information in the MyHeritage record was copied into the person's tree from some other unidentified member's MyHeritage tree. I don't see value in that information, but it's very possible that I'm overlooking its potential value.
Maybe there is some value to having this information, but personally I won't include these types of things as sources.  We all know how many times we have found inaccurate information.  I guess, having source listed as having come from a gedcom/family tree at least lets people know they should find documentation to support the information there.
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Looks like garbage to me, but I'm no expert. Maybe at MyHeritage,com under Else Reimers Text you might find a source, but I doubt it.
by John Noel G2G6 Pilot (712k points)

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