Profile and refs completely disagree... what now?

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WikiTree profile: William Lawrence
in Genealogy Help by Stephen McCallum G2G6 Mach 1 (12.7k points)

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I'm afraid the bad news is, your ancestors aren't yours.  A wrong turning's been taken.  We've all done it at one time or another.

Alice was only 27 when William Henry got married, so she wasn't his mother.  She was the mother of a younger William H.

So basically William H needs splitting into two profiles.

The older one gets the DoB, the wife, and the kids, but no bio or sources yet.

The younger one gets the parents and all the bio and sources.

Then you can leave the younger one aside and look for the parents of the older one.
by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (484k points)
selected by Susan Smith
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Hi Stephan.  Honestly, I haven't examined the sources listed, but I see that you are the Profile Manager and are the only one who has logged any changes of the profile into the Changes log.  So I'm scratching my head about why you would enter a profile with data that disagrees with the sources?  I also see over 20 rejected merge proposals on the profile, so my guess would be that it's a pretty common name where the data for multiple individuals has become conflated.  I think the answer to 'What Now?' is much more research to  try to sort out info about this individual that distinguishes him from others with the same or similar name.  Just my opinion, hopefully others will chime in with suggestions.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (293k points)
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It is a very common name so you will have to lay out all the sources.  I find it helpful to lay them out chronologically.  Do they all make sense?  Or do some of them put the person in two places at once?  Married to two women at the same time?  Have children born months apart on different sides of the country.  If you do this, it should become pretty clear what belongs to each individual.

Added:  I looked at the profile.  It definitely needs more sources.  What I have suggested doesn't work with so few.
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (166k points)
Thanks for your thoughts. Truth is I created this profile in my beginning days of genealogy with references that were given to me... It is obvious that the references and profile are not matched... If this were my own tree I would scrap the profile and start again! My question should be: Do I remove the sources... or remove the connections? Either way, I will need to recheck rejected matches!

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