Yesterday I was being bold and merged duplicates of two spouses: should I have?

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The couple Hodd-13 and Garrett-6906 appeared to have clear duplicates and Garrett was a pending merge. Having merged Garrett, Hodd showed in duplicate on Garrett's profile, appearing to be a clear duplicate: i merged Hodd as well. I have worried all night that I should not have because, in retrospect, one was family based and the other DNA? Are there any guidelins about merging DNA matches to established family lines?
in Policy and Style by Josephine Colahan G2G1 (1.5k points)

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I see that you are pretty new to WikiTree, Josephine - so I wish you welcome.

It does not look as if there was anything wrong with the merges you did. One of the profile managers proposed these merges in March, two months ago and then never got around to completing them (which could have been done in the beginning of April).

If you look at the descendant view https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Garrett-Descendants-6906 you can see that there are two branches going down from this couple - one of them ending with the second generation (somebody has been researching "top down", the other going down several generations to somebody who has entered a DNA kit number, which then has propagated up the tree.

WikiTree profiles are never created from DNA data, the inclusion  of DNA just makes it possible to match up DNA with a paper trail.

WikiTree is at the base about paper trails, so profiles should always have sources for the dates and relationships, firmly establishing the paper trail. I must say that the sources for the Hodd-Garret couple do not look at all sufficient (which is not to say that these sources don't exist somewhere).

Now, if performing merges makes you lose sleep, stay away from them for a while :-) Ther is much else to have fun with at WikiTree.

by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (428k points)
selected by Josephine Colahan

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