I've accidently created a duplicate and could use some assistance [closed]

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I accidently created duplicates Susan {Tomlinson-3088} and {Tomlison-7}.  The mistake happened using FamilySearch the first time I created the profile. Today I was adding sources to Susan's daughter, son in law, and grandchildren.  When I got to her husband the original profile was no longer attached.  Unfortunately I hastily created a duplicate profile using a different spelling that I also got from FamilySearch.  Arghhhh!!

 Now, when I attempt to merge the two a window comes up saying not to merge them unless I am certain of the spelling as it appears on a birth certificate.  I spoke with one of  Susan's surviving grandchildren, who is 83, yesterday and he informed me that she came to America when she was 13 with another young girl but he was uncertain where she was born.  All that I have currently attached are census records which do not give her maiden name.  Findagrave states that the name was Tomlinson, Susan Tomlinson Haythorn Pence.  FamilySearch shows a hint on her husbands profile for a 1893 wedding in Philladelphia but, when I try to open it error in server appears.  I searched the date names and location online and it appears ancestry verifies the names and location of the wedding, however since I am not a subscriber it will not show me the document.

I've tapped all the resources I can and am sitting in limbo. What should I do about the duplicate?
WikiTree profile: Susan Haythorn
closed with the note: Merge completed
in Genealogy Help by John Appleby G2G5 (5.2k points)
closed by Darlene Athey-Hill

3 Answers

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Best answer

The correct spelling is Tomlinson. Her date of birth is most likely 16 Sep 1876 despite a recorded date of 16 Sep 1877 in her SS Application & Claims form. Census records consistently coincide with a birth year of 1876. Given that information, she appears to be the daughter of Enoch Tomlinson and Elizabeth Hunt, born in Sedgley, Staffordshire, England.

Susan Tomlinson

England and Wales Birth Registration Index

Name Susan Tomlinson
Event Type Birth Registration
Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration Year 1876
Registration District Dudley
County Staffordshire
Event Place Dudley, Staffordshire, England
Volume 6C
Page 107
Affiliate Line Number 364

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X67-Z3R : 1 October 2014), Susan Tomlinson, 1876; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Dudley, Staffordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1m points)
selected by Fiona McMichael

Susan Tomlinson

England and Wales Census, 1881

Name: Susan Tomlinson
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1881
Event Place: Walton On The Hill, Lancashire, England
Registration District: West Derby
Residence Note: Herbert Street
Gender: Female
Age: 4
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Scholar
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated): 1877
Birthplace: Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
Page Number: 1
Registration Number: RG11
Piece/Folio: 3688/4
Affiliate Record Type: Household

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Enoch Tomlinson

Head

Male

40

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Elizabeth Tomlinson

Wife

Female

42

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Elizabeth Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

17

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Richard Tomlinson

Son

Male

15

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Myrah Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

13

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Helena Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

8

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Sarah Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

6

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Susan Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

4

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

Mabel Tomlinson

Daughter

Female

2

Sedgley, Staffordshire, England

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Citation

"England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27L-J432 : 13 December 2017), Susan Tomlinson in household of Enoch Tomlinson, Walton On The Hill, Lancashire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 1, Piece/Folio 3688/4, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,065.

Susan Tomlins

England and Wales Census, 1891

Name Susan Tomlins
Event Type Census
Event Date 1891
County Lancashire
Parish Walton On The Hill
Ecclesiastical Parish ST MARYS
Registration District West Derby
Residence Note Herbert Street
Gender Female
Age 14
Marital Status Single
Occupation Scholar
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated) 1877
Birthplace Staffordshire, England
Page Number 7
Registration Number RG12
Piece/Folio 2976/ 54

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Ernest Tomlins Head M 50 Staffordshire, England
Elizabeth Tomlins Wife F 50 Staffordshire, England
Susan Tomlins Daughter F 14 Staffordshire, England
Mabel Tomlins Daughter F 12 Staffordshire, England
Lilian Tomlins Granddaughter F 7 Lancashire, England

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:73TP-Z6Z : 10 December 2017), Susan Tomlins in household of Ernest Tomlins, Walton On The Hill, Lancashire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Lancashire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Susan Tomlinson

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924

Name: Susan Tomlinson
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: 20 Jun 1892
Event Place: Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 15
Nationality: England, English
Birth Year: 1877
Departure Port: Liverpool
Ship Name: Aurania (1883)
Page Number: 0838
Affiliate Line Number: 0848

Image of Susan Tomlinson, New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924

View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

Citation

"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RZ-S2X : 30 January 2018), Susan Tomlinson, 1892.

Great sources, Deb. These confirm a LNAB of Tomlinson, which will make a merge easy to execute.
Thank you for your help.  This certainly clarifies the issue for me.

You’re welcome, John. Glad I was able to assist. 

Thanks for the star, Fiona. blush

+5 votes
I currently have world Ancestry so I have added the marriage source you mentioned.  There is also a christening record for a Beatrice Selina Haythorn
by Kylie Fowler G2G6 Mach 1 (14.6k points)
+8 votes
The simple solution is in the merge process pick the name you consider the most accurate for the primary database entry and then put others with a discussion in the text such as you offered in your question here.

Then add the various sources, including those that conflict, and add your comments about each.

The important thing is that you honor the person by including them in the WT world-wide single tree for the benefit of future researchers.

Walt Steesy-1
by Walt Steesy G2G6 Mach 1 (19.5k points)

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