Should the system allow the same profile be listed as his own father?

+7 votes
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Thomas Tabor-529  is listed as his own father. Shouldn't the system recognize this and not allow the same profile being listed as father and son? There was a merge done and the parent listed is the same profile.
WikiTree profile: Thomas Tabor
in WikiTree Tech by Michelle Hartley G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
retagged by Lianne Lavoie
The system is ready to handle clones :D

What a genealogical nightmare that could be...

3 Answers

+3 votes
It should not, but it does...
by J Pictet G2G6 Mach 3 (30.2k points)
Typically this results from either an inport of invalid data, or a bad merge of father and son with the same name. Detection of invalid/circular relationships (as well as impossible dates on people in birth/marriage/death relationships) is something I've been asking for, a very long time, I'm told it's on the list of improvements. Wondering how difficult it would be to add a new Bot which searched for those, similar to the current MatchBot. It would go a very long way towards improving the quality of the data on WikiTree.

Thanks Michelle for fixing.
+3 votes
Michelle it looks like it may of simply been a glitch or has been fixed it shows his father now as being Philip
by Matt Pryber G2G6 Mach 4 (48.5k points)

It was fixed after seeing this post. smiley

+2 votes
I'd like to see protection at three levels for this -

import of gedcoms - should flag it if it doesnt? (and not allow it)

at merge - software check

at adding of parent or child record manually ...

Alternately - similar to other report pages of possible matches or orphaned profiles - a way to check systemwide or the profiles one has on watch - to see if such loops already exist - and flag them for correction.
by Michael Maranda G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)

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