How do you delete a person?

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I have a person that after checking his documents find that he is not related and need to delete him.  How do I go about this to get him completelly removed?
in WikiTree Help by Helen Holt G2G6 Mach 1 (10.9k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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Best answer

Hi Helen

We don't delete profiles.  But you do have options.

1.  As the other answer noted, if the person exists and has sources, you would click on the EDIT tab across the top and on the right hand side use the add/remove buttons to disconnect him from the family relationships.  ie. if he is currently attached as a child to a set of parents (or spouse of someone), Click EDIT, then click the remove father button on the right, and on the page that comes up, go to the bottom, check the father's name and then hit Remove Father.  Go back and do the remove steps - for the mother (or spouse).if needed

2. If he is just a mistake, not sourced, etc.  then you would merge him into another profile. ie.  if you entered Henry Holt born 1750, and you have a John Holt born 1762 - and you really want to 'get rid of ' Henry -  change his name/dob to match another profile you created - to John Holt 1762 - and then merge the duplicate John Holt's.  

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (771k points)
selected by Helen Holt
If he's a mistake and not sourced, etc., it would be better for the tree's health to just find him a source and disconnect as advised above.  When a profile is merged there are all sorts of connections and synapses going on behind the scenes, so it's better to just turn the profile into a real person, albeit unconnected.

It would also be a good idea for you to remove yourself from his profile if you are not interested in following up and finding his connections, etc.  This is done under the privacy tab.  Scroll down and remove yourself.  Otherwise he will remain on your watchlist.
+5 votes
You don't need to delete the profile as long as it's sourced. You can unlink him from your line by removing parents, etc.

Which profile are you talking about?
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (970k points)
The profile was Mathews-3241. I have removed his parents.

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