Warning message about siblings born too close together -- when merging the two profiles born too close

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An "interesting" misfire in WikiTree validation checking:

I got the red warning banner "Warning: Check the data. A birth date (Webster-864 born 7 Oct 1668) should not be within eight months of a sibling's birth date (Webster-7338 born 7 Aug 1668) unless they are twins born within a day of each other." when I was in the act of merging the two profiles (for the same person, not siblings) that had birth dates too close together.

in WikiTree Tech by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Ellen, was this message was on the merge screen when you tried to complete the merge?

2 Answers

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I think the idea is to have the person check to make sure they've done due diligence to the people being merged, and as long as the opportunity to agree with the desired situation, it shouldn't be a problem.  The only problem is if there's no no chance to tell the system to accept the existing situation.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
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And I guess Wikitree has never heard of PREMATURE babies?

Especially if the second baby was born prematurely or still born less than 8 months after the first...

OF course in the 1600s, it was highly unlikely that a preemy baby would survive...
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (929k points)
In this particular case it is the same person, but one of the birth dates was entered incorrectly (7 October vs 7 August - classic case of not being sure of what is meant by "8th month").

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