How to handle a photo that is clearly misidentified?

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I have a scanned photo that I have always seen identified as Keturah Holt.  I've seen copies of it from at least three different relatives, all identified as her.  I assume they all received their information from the same source.

However, she died on 25 Jul 1839, the year the daguerreotype was invented, and a month before the process was even made publicly available.  Therefore I feel I can safely conclude that the photo was misidentified.

My question is what is the best way to handle this?  I want to display it in a way that anyone else trying to upload the same photo will stop before they do, but I also don't want to attach it to the profile and cause more confusion or unintentionally propagate the error.

I currently set up a free space for the purpose of this question; I'm thinking that linking to that page from Keturah's profile might be a safer way to handle it than attaching it directly to the person.  I welcome your thoughts on the matter.

in WikiTree Help by Brian Lamothe G2G6 Mach 3 (33.9k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

3 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
I dealt with a similar issue recently. I removed the picture from the profile and untagged the incorrect person.  I put a comment on the profile saying that the picture previously attached to the person was not him and who it actually was and then put a comment on the picture also saying who it was and who it was not.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (592k points)
selected by Porter Fann
+5 votes
I think that would be an excellent use of a free space page. I also think that if you see it incorrectly labelled on active profiles, it's worth the effort to communicate in a private message, initially, and if you get no response, to proceed to removal, as Kathryn Parks suggested.
by Porter Fann G2G6 Mach 6 (64.0k points)
+6 votes
This happens so much. I haven't had to deal with one on WT, but on Ancestry there are a number of trees that purport to have a photograph of my 3 greats grandfather taken when he was perhaps late 20s. He was born in the 1750s and died in 1824. The source of the photo refuses to believe that it can't possibly be the wrong person. She also has a copy of his signature that is obviously a heading on a manila file folder from the USCIS naturalization files (he lived in Canada after the Revolution and never filed for US citizenship). Some people will take this kindly but others can't let go of their firmly held beliefs.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (448k points)

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