Am I correct in rejecting merge when one individual has a son that has a potential duplicate profile.

+4 votes
I have been under the impression that the potential duplicate son's should be addressed first and if duplicates this merger should take place first?  The one individual that is listed as a son is Lightfoot-1006 and the potential duplicate profile for the son is an individual with the same name is Lightfoot-71.  Thanks.
in The Tree House by Carol Wilder G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

4 Answers

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As long as the duplicates are all merged, I would NOT reject the merge. In practice it is best (imho) to merge the parent first, then any duplicate children. If the merge is rejected, you are back to square one, and have to start all over again.

[edited to add:] Looking at the profiles you name, I see no duplicates among the children nor wives, IF you allow the man to have two sons named William with differing middle names. I do question the wife Martha Dotson Darnall. If she died in 1818, then there is a definite conflict with the other wife that he married in 1804. I suggest further researching the two sons named William.

by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (209k points)
edited by Bobbie Hall
+5 votes
I would not reject the merge.  If you are unsure,the best practice is to make the proposed merge and unmerged match.  You can check the unmerged matches that you have made on the pending merges tab.  this is basically postponing the merge, not rejecting it outright.

If you are willing to be patient and wait for the duplicate ancestors to be merged, you can sit on the proposed merge.  They will remain in the merges waiting for action by you under pending merges.  This might be easier to remember than making unmerged matches.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
+9 votes
If you believe that the profiles represent the same person, please don't reject. Rejecting will send a signal that the two profiles represent two different people. If you're not sure, postpone with an unmerged match. I agree with Bobbie, this would deserve further research.

It is better to merge the parents before the children, but as long as the parents have merges set before the child is merged, it will be worked out.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (454k points)
edited by Isabelle Martin
+3 votes
Most people seem to merge the parents first.

In fact I often get good merges blocked with messages like "merge parents first".
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (568k points)
But in this case one of the duplicate sons has no parents connected anyway, so that's a non-issue.

The question in dispute seems to be whether William was actually the father of Henry.

If he wasn't, then maybe don't merge, just change Henry's father to whoever he really was.

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