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Warning! What happens when you link to a tree!

Warning! What happens when you link to a tree!

Posted: 18 Aug 2013 3:14AM GMT
Classification: Query

Maybe a new tree owner will find this first. Do not link to trees! For the 2nd time in a matter of months I had contact with trees that had multiple copies of the same individuals in there trees. The first one had 16 copies of the same person, and that was repeated throughout the tree. These trees had linked to other Ancestry trees in the first tree clicking the checking the Ancestry Tree in the Source Info you'll find 21 trees linked to it. I ran a test by creating a tree of just 2 Grandparents and waited for the leaf. Then I did what new people excitedly might do and accepted each tree and added it all. Sure enough, I had 2 of the same Peters, and 2 Georges one included his full, etc. The attachments show what the linked trees added.
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Re: Warning! What happens when you link to a tree!

Posted: 19 Aug 2013 1:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
To drive your point across, all one needs to do is make a practice of checking the alphabetical listing for every tree before viewing the tree itself. If one views that listing page by page, one can see the number of times a person's name, dob/dod, and location of event, has been entered. Once is enough for any person. The rest is trash and will need to be consolidated or deleted to ensure one complete profile for each person, with no orphaned doppelgangers dangling throughout the tree.

The slightest variation in a name, its spelling, or a relationship to another person is guaranteed to post as a duplicate person. If one ignores the rule, there will be much extra work required to restore the tree to health. There is now a Merge feature, which can facilitate making corrections, but one must make judgment calls in identifying the preferred or corrected entries for each person. That is definitely a learning experience!

Discipline is necessary to learn to enter a person but once in a tree and to link that one person to any event affecting their life. But, once learned, the tree owner may some day have a well-developed tree to display with pride.
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