Thursday, March 26, 2015
Possible Duplicates Exist -- Warnings from FamilySearch Family Tree
This is a screenshot of the warning from the FamilySearch.org Family Tree that accompanies a "Green Arrow." There are no obvious duplicates, but a search on this entry showed the following information for the wife:
The issue is that there is, in fact, a duplicate, but that the program still initially identifies ordinance work as available through the green arrow. Here is a screenshot showing the "Green Arrow."
Lela Melinda Turley is fairly well documented in the Family Tree with six listed sources. There are a number of reasons that an entry cannot be merged. For a complete explanation see the Help Center article entitled, "Cannot merge duplicate records in Family Tree." In this particular case, the duplicate entry is incomplete. Here is a screenshot showing some of the information for the duplicate entry:
The duplicate has no sources and the information is sketchy but it is an obvious duplicate of the information in the more complete and sourced record.
The addition of the cautionary warning is a welcome addition to the Family Tree. There is a link in the warning message to the Help Center article entitled, "Merging duplicate records in Family Tree." As a matter of fact, checking for duplicates should be a routine matter when using the Family Tree. Information is still being moved into the program from New.FamilySearch.org and users are adding names to the program all the time. Even for individuals who have been checked for duplicates previously, there is a strong possibility that duplicate entries might currently exist.