If you do not agree with the parents that have been attached to one of your ancestors, what can you do about it?

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Today I added the will of Mansell-63 to his page, in tree separate photos (which it said you needed to know).  The reason I added it is because I do not agree that Robert John Mansell, Sr. is a son of Samuel Mansell because the only son he listed in his will is his son Samuel.  I can find no proof that Robert is his son and have found no land given to him from Samuel, Sr.  I am not the only one, many others have mentioned this.  Now my family tree automatically connects to Samuel-63, and I don't want it to.  How do I solve this problem?  I do have fairly new evidence that research needs to go in a different direction: http://pioneersalongsoutherntrails.blogspot.com/2015/09/edward-mansell-indian-connection-for.html
WikiTree profile: Samuel Mansell
asked in Genealogy Help by Dola Acree G2G3 (3.6k points)
Thank you very much.

1 Answer

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Contact the profile creator with your concerns and documentation.  If you agree, you can then edit and disconnect the parents
answered by Patricia Kent G2G6 Mach 1 (10.2k points)
What happens if you have contacted them more than once with clear evidence that they have connected your ancestor to a family that is not his, and they do not disconnect the parents?

In my case they have added my male ancestor to a family with a daughter with a very similar name. Essentially substituting my male ancestor for the daughter. They also have him dying in 1871 when he was in the 1880 Census with his wife, step daughter and son in the next county which is less than a mile from where he lived.

I have provided documentation and contacted the person with the Wiki profile more than once. Nothing.  

I went ahead a created a new profile for my ancestor. I will end up merging them eventually but not until his version is disconnected from the wrong family group.

I know exactly who merged my male ancestor to the female daughter of this family 20 years ago. Despite numerous requests to change this she has refused. But she has a lot of people believing this who are fervent in their faith in her 'research'.  She however, is not the one who posted here.

I even sent him the link to the deed that refers to her as Lansea Jane and posted the image on my ancestor's profile with notes about it.

What are my potential options? I want this problem fixed.

As it's an Open Profile, disconnect the wrong parents and say why you did so. - usually all the name mix-ups stem from cousins having almost the same dates, with the same names and living in the same areas.  You might want to research the other family and make corrections there also.
I sent a message yesterday with the link to the document.This is not the first time I've contacted him and others that want to believe that this is my ancestor's family. I'm giving him some time, but then I am going to  have merge them and post the actual person to the other tree if I can with documentation.

Unfortunately, I am going to have a fight on my hands over this because I am about to upset the apple cart big time. They aren't going to be happy. Linsey has been a big brick wall for this line for a very long time. Everyone wants the easy answer and they don't question it. It connects to a well documented family and you can add generations back. But its not the truth and sometimes the truth stings.

I've already corrected the problem on another website and I am going to make some changes and edits here. Then start contacting people to let them know its wrong and send the link to the document. I'm not going to be a very popular person.

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