Re: Separating contributions in new Family Search
- Hi Andy -
I've had to do that as well. It seems to me that the further back in
time a person is, the easier it is for confusion and conflation of
The general rule I've tried to follow is: If I think records are
*referring* to the *same person*, I combine the records, even if some
of the facts are wrong. I then dispute the events.
I've taken this approach from nFS training/instruction materials,
"Remember, there are many reasons that records with different
information can be about the same individual. Common reasons include
errors in research and typing errors.
Important: If the individuals are the same, combine the records even
if you think some of the information is incorrect. You can always
dispute the information and work with other contributors to correct
it. If you do not combine the information, temple ordinances and
research might be duplicated."
I've had to cringe and bite the bullet to do that sometimes because
of the wrong spouse issue that you bring up. But, the up-side is
that the dispute of the marriage relationship will be evident to all
and this will (hopefully) stop perpetuating the wrong information
from being used.
So, if I think the records are referring to the same person, even if
some of the facts/events are wrong, I combine them and then use the
dispute function to indicate the wrong information and relationships.