Who controls a tree if you merge one Surname with Another ie two different trees?

+4 votes
I've gotten a couple of messages about merging a Thomas Taber in my Justin tree with another Thomas Tabor/Taber in someone else's tree.

What does this do to my Justin tree?

Who controls Thomas Taber?
asked in Genealogy Help by Bill Justin G2G2 (2k points)
edited by Abby Glann

3 Answers

+9 votes
Both Profile Managers can influence the profile. no one owns it.

Your Thomas  Taber will be connected to a larger family, perhaps the One Tree.

After all we're all related, somehow.
answered by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (187k points)
+9 votes
In the case that the merge is into a protected profile, the management of the new profile is retained by the manager of the protected profile. If neither profile is protected, all managers of both profiles are retained as managers of the new profile.
answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
This should be the best answer. I work in the aviation industry, and using the CRM (Crew Resource Management, plus Threat and Error Management principles) the "Best answer" delves  into other subjects and really doesn't answer the question.  My 2 cents worth!
+7 votes

Hi, Bill. You've been here a long time, but this situation makes me want to say "Welcome to WikiTree." I say that because the proposed merges for your Taber ancestors are a great example of how collaborative genealogy can work here. You developed profiles for your Taber line, and other contributors (who probably share this ancestor) created profiles for the same Tabers, plus some earlier ancestors you didn't make profiles for. By merging the duplicates, you will get a large instantaneous addition to your family tree -- and I hope you will work together with the other Taber descendants on adding sources to the profiles, finding more relatives, etc.

And other members can also edit these profiles. I noticed that neither of the Thomas Taber profiles had any sources (harumph!) and that they had different spellings for the last name, so I did a bit of research to find records to see how the name was spelled at birth. I edited the profiles to add the information found (a birth record and a marriage record). Both records spell the name as Taber, which indicates that this should be the LNAB -- and Tabor-536 should be merged into Taber-1042.

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (893k points)

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