Adding / Editing Information & Finding / Merging Duplicates

There are 3 goals to this module. Family Tree is an ever evolving data tree. New sources of information are found that give a more specific date to a birth, marriage, or death event. The spelling of a name might change based upon a more completed document, or you may not initially know the complete name. You enter what you know, backup up by sources. Changing information based on new facts is a constant endeavor as we improve the accuracy of what is displayed for our ancestors. Knowing how to add, edit, or even delete information is therefore an important skill to have.

Over multiple decades of collecting Family Group Sheets, and names entered through the extraction program, and from other sources, it is not uncommon that an ancestor may have duplicated records in Family Tree. This does create complications, as one individual record may contain birth information, and another record may contain a death date. One of the goals of Family Tree is to have ONE record for ONE individual!

Goal #1 - Adding & Editing an Individual's Information
This goal focuses on how to:
  • Change a name, birth or death information information, etc using the blue hyperlinks on the Person Details Page
  • Learn how to edit relationships for an individual
Goal #2 - Learn to Write a Good "Reason Statement"
Family Tree is a "collaborative" tree, owned by everyone. You or others will make changes to information on your ancestors as they find information. To better understand WHY they are making those changes, it is VERY helpful to know why they are changing it. That is where the reason statement is quite helpful. For each change, Family Tree requests a good reason as to why the information is being changed, and why it is felt to be correct.

This goal focus on the:
  • Importance of writing adequate "reason statements" to document WHY you are making record changes.

Goal #3 - Finding & Fixing Duplicate Records
This goal will focus on the:
  • Importance of finding DUPLICATE individuals.
  • Fixing or merging those duplicate records