How careful are we in merges of dutch profiles with same names but different birth dates?

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I saw a proposed merge today of DeMott-23 and Demott-24 and became very wary. It can still be two  different persons. The oldest a child that died early, the second getting te same name after the first had died. Something you see a lot in dutch families.

I would be very carefull with proposing such merges.
in Genealogy Help by Eef van Hout G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
edited by Eef van Hout

3 Answers

+7 votes
And in American families, too.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
+3 votes
You are correct in that there could be 2 Aeltie Demotts born within a few years of each other.  When we have two baptism records identified as primary sources, we have proof one way or the other.  In this case there is no primary source, and we don't even know where she was born.  Her parents were married in Flatbush, Kings County, New York, so that would be a good place to begin searching.  The two profiles were created on the same day, so there's a pretty good chance they are two separate people.
by Bertram Sluys G2G6 Mach 3 (30.9k points)
+4 votes
The Bio's showed the Baptism dates and made clear they indeed were not the same but siblings, one was baptized abt. two years after the other, so the first probably died young/

Also as Bertram mentions they indeed most likely were not born in the Netherlands so added NNS and the needs category + for the one that died young the Died Young Sticker and rejected the merge now :)
by Bea Wijma G2G6 Pilot (281k points)

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