Monday, March 12, 2018
The Duplicate Source Issue on the FamilySearch Family Tree
First of all the duplicate source issue is really a bogus issue. The FamilySearch.org Family Tree allows you to add sources to records supporting any entry made. The real issue is people who make changes and do not add a source for those changes, not people who add more than one copy of a single source. There is absolutely no harm done to the information in the Family Tree when someone adds a "duplicate" source. If you are bothered by the duplicate source, then detach it. But before you do, think about whether it is a duplicate or an alternative source for the information. There is a real difference.
If I attach a reference (source) to the Family Tree saying I got my information from FamilySearch for a 1930 U.S. Census record for a family and someone comes along and adds another reference or citation or source to the same record, so what? Why do you care? But what if I find the same record on Ancestry.com or MyHeritage.com or whatever, is that a duplicate source? Or is it another "source" for the same information. Maybe I want to know I can find the U.S. Census records on more than one website. In that sense, the second reference or citation is not a duplicate and when you remove or detach the duplicate, you are removing valuable information from the Family Tree.
Let's move on from this issue of "duplicate" sources and focus on getting as much information into the Family Tree as we can.
See What are Sources on the FamilySearch Family Tree?