Need a opinion on a possible merge.

+3 votes

I found a match to someone on gedmatch.   One in which I believe, the common ancestor is behind one of my brick walls. I know it's on my dad's side and I can narrow it down to about 4 or 5 brick walls.  All of which in my case, are in Virginia. 

So I've been slowly working on this person's tree, in hopes of getting some more clues as to the common ancestor.  One thing I'm doing is finding all the possible merges.   I just did a couple and found what I think is another.   Actually there appears to be a bunch of possible duplicates, But in this particular case, I would like an opinion. 

I think that these two people are on in the same.

Alexander Elliot Clark, Born 1779

and Alexander E Clark, Born 1779

What do you guys think.  Y/N.






in The Tree House by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Pilot (106k points)
I would look for more sources on both, both wives, and all the children first...
From what I've seen in Ancestry, where no one has got it straight (a baptism date before the DoB e.g.) and having the location in England not NC, it looks like you'd be kicking a hornets' nest trying to merge these. No info for Mary Jones turning up at all.
I decided to not propose an official merge.  But instead I left a notation in the biography of each one stating that this other person may be in fact the same person, however more research needs to be done before an official merge can be proposed. Along with that is a link to the other profile.

That way they are connected, but unofficially.   I do that sometimes where I suspect a link but cannot prove it.
I use the time-honored ==Research Notes== bio section for that and add info there so others can see. When clinching facts turn up, the representative portion of the note can be edited out.
I wish we could set some guildelines for a merge like this. (1) If profile is from a gencom with no or limited information, (2) has profile been edited since import, (3) number of years since import (maybe >4?


Otherwise we could go in circles?

Can we flag such gencom profiles?

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+3 votes

Here is a 2nd and possibly even more tricky merge.

William Dismukes.  Born About 1683

Guillaume William Disumkes Born 1668

Both have the same person, spelling wise, as their wife.  Very few sources.  But is suspect, they are.

What do you think?




by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Pilot (106k points)
Extremely poorly sourced profiles in Ancestry. The most populated profile is riddled with conflicts (born in France or England or this side of the pond) conflicting and impossible dates, etc.. and the rest have no sources to speak of. Hornet's nest or hot potato, take your pick. A merge is an invitation to disaster at this point.

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