I was running some information on Moses Samples when this all started. There are duplicates of him and his wife Ruth Sample formerly Wood. So being the nut I am I started looking back. Yea this is a BIG CAN of worms.
As you know there are multiple managers of which I am not one. How do I go about starting to clean up this mess. Can I get help from an Arborist or Mentor? Can I volunteer to become an Arborist ? What training do I need?
Ok here is where I am at with this
[[Sampel-7| Samuel Sampel]] DOB 1711 in Stafford, Virginia
[[Samples-312| Samuel William Samples]] DOB 1682 in Scotlandmap
[[Samples-190 |Samuel Samples Sr aka Semple]] DOB February 1, 1711 in Virginia
all have the same DOD of 1776 in Augusta, Virginia, United States
Samples 312(father) and Samples 190(son) are father and son
The wives for Samples-7 and Samples-312 is Ann Scott
Wife for Samples-190 is Hannah Scott
Samples -190 and 312 have a marriage date of married September 24, 1745 in Sussex County, Delaware
I am comfortable doing most merges. The problem is that we are not talking about the few above I have a feeling we are talking about many many more when you look at all the children. There are also a few with date ranges past the 1700's and those may be hard to source.
How do I let people know that there is going to be some complicated merges going on ...I think my fear is that there are going to be many merges and some of them are gong to be very complicated.
Such as if you cant find good source or any source material on a parent child linage do you leave the existing parent child bond or remove it?
I would tend to error on the safe side and leave the bond and add a notation of some kind on the profile that says it needs source info to help document linage.
Any advice as to how to deal with the multiple spellings of the name on the same person would be appreciated. I know we go with the lowest number of the correct spelling as used in their time.. The problem is I have seen it spelled Samply Sample Samples Semple. Simple. So which way do you merge? I know I can add the other spellings in the other last names or Current last name
There are only 5 profiles with the name Sampel in the data base none of these have sources other than user supplied. There are 468 SAMPLEs. and 514 SAMPLESs most of the duplicates are there.