New user – need a little guidance -- Perhaps some naming conventions are in order. I will try not to get too lengthy, but help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. As I have not done any merging, I don’t want to mess anything up..
My question is: How (what steps-in what order) to handle most efficiently to get one set of records for each – attached to all the right people with the most information and the least amount of hassle?
When searching for Burnside/Burnsides I came up with some anomalies regarding Robert Burnside – Found Matches under “Burnsides” so I rechecked my sources and found that they are recorded both ways – but they are “the same person” I have as Burnside but could go either way with aka's.
(My sources are: Robert Burnside Rev War Pension Ap (S17304 Burnside); Marriages (Burnsides) – (two Knox & Moore); Children 5 -- (Burnside/Burnsides); Sister Margaret (Burnside) – Brother Joseph (Burnside); Will docs in Madison Co. KY (Parents Robert/Elizabeth Burnside); Letters written re his brother Joseph during war (Burnside)
Robert Burnside– Isabella Moore/Jane Knox (Nokes) = Verified Marriages Madison Co KY; Mar 18 1790 married 1st to Isabella Moore in Madison Co KY; Nov 28 1792 married 2nd to Jane Knox (aka Nokes) in Madison Co KY. (Rbt would be about 33)
Looks like only 3 of the 5 children have been found & some dups here with no mother (but this still needs more searching)
Although I understand the bit about collective effort and using lowest #, I hesitate to make any changes without first consulting the respective profile managers to let them know what/where the issues are/might be. Looks like some of this was “Gedcom Import” problems.
Is it better to try and clean up the “whole family” at once for long term gain? or:
Request to be added to all, advise problem areas & clean up myself; or
(a) write each profile manager & request they clean up/merge those records under their domain
(b) Advise everyone at same time of the multiple problems – wives & children
(c) Give them all my info (about 5 pages of notes) and coordinate entry to 1 record, etc. then add that profile # to my records?
(d) Or, some other way to handle? (Is there some easier way to accomplish that I am not seeing?)
Thanks in advance for your input.