A Connection Finder person is wrongly connected to me.

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Happy New Year, 

One of my distant cousins was confused with someone else who has same last name, but completely different locations and family. I contacted a woman late in 2017 about it, but she did not correct it. It is  Kaufmann-416. He is sort of a morph between "my" Christian, who was born in Wurttemberg, & died in Wash D.C. with someone named Gottlieb born in Germany, not sure where, and lived &  died in Michigan.

"Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2RY-R4L : 10 February 2018), Christian Kaufmann, 10 Jan 1832; citing ; FHL microfilm 1,055,840.

"District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7Y2-1TR : 11 February 2018), Christian Kaufmann, 05 Feb 1888; citing Washington, D.C., reference ; FHL microfilm 1,303,264.

"Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3K7-SFZ : 10 March 2018), Gotlieb Kaufman, 29 Nov 1894; citing p 200 rn 50, Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,832.

 The problem, as I see it, is at Ancestry someone confused the two, and now hints pop up which are for both people, but it messes things up.


Lincoln Lowery

PS - Birth date for Christian matches between his birth info from Germany & his death record from DC.

WikiTree profile: Christian Kaufmann
asked in WikiTree Help by Lincoln Lowery G2G2 (2.8k points)
retagged by Maggie N.

1 Answer

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Since Christian's profile is Open, you can make the corrections.  His PM was active within the last month, so you should contact him first though.  Meanwhile, a good place to start would be to create a profile for Gottlieb, if one doesn't exist yet.  Both profiles should have notes in their bios about the differences, to avoid repeating the error.
answered by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (365k points)
selected by Maggie N.
The "Gottlieb" from Michigan is also called Christian Gottlieb or Christian G. This is likely the source of the confusion, but even so, it is clear they are not the same man. The children and spouse connected to this profile belong to the Michigan man so I would probably correct the data on this profile and create a new profile for the D.C. Christian.
From the Changes log, it looks like the PM has done a lot of work on this profile, including replacing the father that Lincoln had connected.  Assuming that indicates the PM has a strong interest in this profile, I would recommend caution and diplomacy when editing it.
I agree with this whole-heartedly.


You may want to try sending a private message rather than posting a comment on the profile. Include as many sources as you can to validate your conclusion that they are different men.

Thanks for the star, Maggie!  smiley

Hi, Thank you for the comment. He is the man who also did the profile I posted a comment to in Dec 2017. I did not realize that. I did a bit of work on the "other" guy on Ancestry, as he is from my dad's side, & I just found out in last 3 or so years my dad was fathered by someone besides who he thought, thus I spent a while working on his tree & researching DNA matches to place everyone. I realize it is a potentially difficult issue as this man has done a lot of work on his tree, here and at Ancestry.

I know they are two different people, but the one thing I do not know are the parents of the Michigan Christian Gottlieb Kaufmann.

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