Matching profiles.

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Yesterday I added a profile for Wesley Belt, I had the name and birth year (have since added more) and sources.  When I was in the adding process no matches were shown.

Today I looked at "Missing Links" and clicked "check". There is a match for Mr. Belt. I am just wondering why it did not show automatically when I was entering him.  

I have little doubt it is the same individual and have proposed a merge.

Why would the potential match not show up earlier?
asked in The Tree House by Kristina Adams G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+3 votes

Kristina, this potential match was not showed up because of the difference between DOBs.

Your Wesley Belt, DOB 1830 when creeated:

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Belt-705&diff=49750955&oldid=0

And Wesley Belt-25, DOB 24 Feb 1827. Potential matches are searched +/- 2 years.

answered by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
OH!  I didn't know the DOB cutoff was so limited.  I am really happy to see the "missing links" ap and will be using it often.
+3 votes

This happens for many reasons that I've noticed. It is uncommon, happening occasionally.

  1. If there's a difference in the first name spelling. Steven vs. Stephen, say. Last name variants work better than first ones.
  2. If an existing profile has a birth date only, and you enter birth and death, it won't turn up.
  3. If you enter a middle name, it can throw it off.
  4. If an existing profile has an approximate date, or a before or after date too distant from the dates you are entering.
  5. Sometimes they just don't show up, and I'm not sure why. I think maybe freshly created profiles don't always show up immediately. Sort of like connections that way?

That's what I've noticed.

answered by Elizabeth Winter G2G6 Mach 6 (64k points)

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