Why is (half) with some names of siblings that are not half sibling?

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Why is (half) with some names of siblings that are not half siblings?
WikiTree profile: Valentine Cupp
in Genealogy Help by Sheila Winingham G2G Crew (640 points)
Because both parents are not connected to the profile.

4 Answers

+7 votes
Look very carefully at the connected parents -- it may look like they have the same parents, but in fact, they may be connected to different parent profiles that are duplicated and should be merged together.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (532k points)
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For your example profile ( and Prior Cupp ) it is because they are not connected to the same mother as the other four children. Connect them to Catharine (Vance) Cupp if that is the correct mother and the (Half) will dissapear for the siblings. 

If it happens again carefully check the connections to the parents as if you have different parents or missing adding a parent then the siblings will show as (Half).

by Darren Kellett G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
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Another possible cause of trouble is ghost children (see another thread).  They will tend to appear in the siblings list as ghost half-siblings.  But when you click on them, you'll be redirected and then you won't see anything wrong.
by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (562k points)
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The usual reason in Real Life is that -- and I saw a Venn diagram of this years ago ... someone tried to explain it to me, why another man's cousin was not also a cousin to his 1/2 brother ... 

Jack was married to Joan (3 ch) and then
Jack married Jill (2 ch); 
Jill was married to Harry (4 ch) and then 
Jill married Jack (2).  

Tried to figure out which kids are half-sibs. Okay, Jack & Jill had 2 kids, who are 1/2 sibs of Joan's 3 ch and Harry's 4 ch. But Joan's 3 ch are not half-sibs of Harry's 4 ch.  

Now, in WT, it is as said by the others, usually one parent has not been credited with the child, even though they are parent and child and that is is fixable

by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (359k points)
Susan, that relationship is easy to figure out.  Think of it if Joan married Jill's first husband as Joan's 2nd husband!!  That is my life!!

I have a few of those in my lines too.  I'm pretty sure I have a case of two brothers swapping wives, too, which I have not investigated closely ... and any number of a man (or woman) marrying in succession siblings and having kids by each one ... but the key to a successful answer is K.I.S.S. (LOL) 

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