Should I go ahead with proposing more than a dozen merges?

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Using GEDCOMpare to bring in my relatively small tree of several hundred profiles revealed over a dozen pairs or triplets of profiles that look to me like duplicates/triplicates.  Ie,  when I compared my profiles with "suggested" matches, I found more than one match.  I made a note of these with the thought they should be merged.  As a rookie, and not a very bold WikiTreer yet, are there reasons I may not be aware of for not proceeding with proposing these >12 merges?
in WikiTree Help by Melissa Mitchell G2G2 (2.8k points)
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No reason not to! The managers of the profiles will still have to approve and complete the merges. Proposing accurate merges is always a nice thing to do. :)
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (423k points)
selected by Walt Steesy
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If they all involve the same family and/or the same profile manager, then I prefer to only do 3-5 at a time.  Particularly if there are some minor differences between the profiles that might need to be investigated and discussed.

Once those five are completed then I move on to the next 5 or you might find by then that there is general agreement and the rest can  happen quite quickly.
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (478k points)
Sometimes it is easier to only do a few, like John says.   When the merge is completed you get a email saying the merge was completed, then take a look, if they merged the parents, then the duplicates among siblings are easy to see.
Ok, thanks to all of you for your input!  I think I'm hearing, "proceed, but with some caution", being aware that merging can create extra work for the profile managers.
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If the potential merges are from very tangled relationships, it helps to go slowly.  The potential duplicates become more clear when some of them are out of the way.

In your situation, they may be more clear, such as quite a few siblings who need to be merged.  I would go ahead and do that if they are clear with same parents, same birth, etc.  Watch out for names and birthdates as some families reused names, especially if the earlier child died young, especially in Quebec.

Also if the other profile manager(s) are active, you might want to send them a note to explain why these merges are coming their way.  BTW I don't find it much work to do a merge if the data are clear.  Be sure to add some notes to your merge proposal if something needs explanation.
by Cindy Cooper G2G6 Pilot (170k points)

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