One ID, two profiles?

+2 votes
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Looking at this profile in the vitals the father of Alfarin Eysteinsson is given as [[Halfdansson-51|Sveidi Eysteinsson]] an obvious error. I was about to leave a message requesting that it be detached and scrolled down to the place where I usually find the parents' IDs. Found [[Halfdansson-51| Eystein Glumra Halfdansson]]. Quite apart from the fact that Alfarin is not credited with any parents in Ynglinga Saga I cannot make any sense of it. Is there a bug somewhere? Sveidi seems to have several children called Eysteinsson.
WikiTree profile: Alfálrin Eysteinsson
in WikiTree Tech by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (176k points)

4 Answers

+4 votes

I tend to avoid even looking at old Norse saga profiles due to the proliferation of weird names and marriages and kids and whatnot.

To the best of my understanding, the father's profile has conflated Eystein Glumra and Sveidi sea-king. To cut and paste from wikipedia's page on Eystein Glumra:

Orkneyinga Saga also named Eystein Glumra as the father of Rognvald Eysteinsson:[6] "Heiti, Gorr’s son, was father of Sveiði the sea-king, [who was] the father of Halfdan the old, [who was] the father of Ivar the Uplanders’ earl, [who was] the father of Eystein the noisy, [who was] the father of earl Rognvald the mighty and wise in council". 

I've never heard of Alfarin, so I wouldn't guess whose son he might be; all I can say is that the old norse spelling is Eysteinsson. Oysteinsson is a modernism (and an incorrect one at that, as we'd use Ø instead of O).

by R Teschner G2G6 Mach 2 (24k points)
Alfarin. Non person. When a King married a named woman she had to have a father of some distinction. I think it's called "create a king". Alfarin isn't anybody's son in the Saga world but here on Wikitree he is.
+4 votes
I believe it is technically impossible to have two profiles with the exact same ID. Maybe the name fields have been changed or there has been a merge?
by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (193k points)
I thought that but usually after a merge the subject is referred to the same way in both places.
+6 votes

A Sveidi here

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sveidasson-12

but it looks like a duplicate of him has been merged into Eystein and created Godawfulmessi the Conflatulent.

by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
Is there a category for Jesters?
+5 votes
Understand now. It depends on whether wikitree uses LNAB of CLN. Got it. I'm going to detach Alfarin.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (176k points)

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