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Searching for possible duplicate records in new FamilySearch
Symptoms (problems)
  • How do I combine individuals?
  • How do I combine records?
  • The new FamilySearch tells me to combine possible duplicates, but I don't understand how to do this.
  • Ordinances are completed but show ready

  • Checking for duplicates

Answer (Resolution)
If you know that an individual's temple work has already been done but you see "Ready" next to the ordinances, you may not have combined all of the records that needed to be combined. Individuals must be combined in all four of the following ways:

 

As an Individual
  1. On the Individual Details screen, click Possible Duplicates.
  2. On the duplicates list, click the box for each individual who appears to be the same person.
  3. Click the Compare in More Detail button.
  4. Compare and evaluate the information for each possible duplicate. (The main record is on the left; the possible duplicate is on the right. Ask yourself if the record on the right is the same as the one on the left. Before combining records, each part of the new record should be analyzed. If the new record has more spouses, extra parents, children that are not part of the family, or if it shows "Yes" on dying before age eight, the wrong information should be removed before it is combined.)
  5. At the bottom of the page, you should see three options under "Are these the same individuals?" Select one of the options. Both Yes answers do the same thing.
  6. Click Next at the bottom of the page, to go through each possible duplicate, and decide which of the three options applies. Warning: If you skip this step, you may miss some duplicates.
  7. After you have compared all the records and chosen an option for each, click Done.

     

  8. You should see a screen titled Finalize Your Decisions. Here you can choose to cancel your choices or to continue with the combining process.
  9. To finalize your choices, click Combine the Records, and then click OK.
As a Parent
  1. On the Individual Details screen, click Parents and Siblings.
  2. Click the down arrow by the parent's name, and choose Combine with other father or mother.
  3. On the duplicates list, click the box for each parent who appears to be the same person.
  4. Click the Compare in More Detail button, or if you are sure they are the same person, you can click on Combine. If you choose the Compare in More Detail option, complete steps 5 through 10 below. If you click on Combine, then click OK.
  • Compare and evaluate the information for the possible duplicates. (The main record is on the left; the possible duplicate is on the right. Ask yourself if the record on the right is the same as the one on the left. Before combining records, each part of the new record should be analyzed. If the new record has more spouses, extra parents, or children that are not part of the family, the new record should be separated and wrong information removed before it is combined.)
  • At the bottom of the page, you should see three options under "Are these the same individuals?" Select one of the options. Both Yes answers do the same thing.
  • Click Next at the bottom of the page, to go through each possible duplicate and decide which of the three options applies. Warning: If you skip this step, you may miss some duplicates.
  • After you have compared all the records and chosen an option for each, click Done.
  • You should see a review screen titled Your Answers. Here you can choose to cancel your choices or continue with the combining process.

As a Spouse

  1. On the Individual Details screen, click Spouses and Children.
  2. Click the down arrow by each spouse (do this one at a time), and choose Combine with other spouses.
  3. On the duplicates list, click the box for each spouse who appears to be the same person.
  4. Click the Compare Selected Records button.
  5. Compare and evaluate the information for the possible duplicate. (The main record is on the left; the possible duplicate is on the right. Ask yourself if the record on the right is the same as the one on the left. Before combining records, each part of the new record should be analyzed. If the new record has more spouses, extra parents, or children that are not part of the family, the new record should be separated and wrong information removed before it is combined.)
  6. At the bottom of the page, you should see three options under "Are these the same individuals?" Select one of the options.
  7. Using the arrows at the bottom of the page, go through each possible duplicate, and decide which of the three options applies. Warning: If you skip this step, you may miss some duplicates.
  8. After you have compared all the records and chosen an option for each, click Done.
  9. You should see a review screen titled Your Answers. Here you can choose to cancel your choices or continue with the combining process.
  10. To finalize your choices, click OK. Then click OK again.
Note: You can also combine spouses using the multiple-spouse icon. To do this, click the multiple-spouse icon on the individual pedigree. (If you do not see the icon, no duplicates exist.) Then click the Resolve Duplicate Spouses tab, and continue with steps 3 through 10 above.

 

 

As a Child
  1. On the Individual Details screen, click Parents and Siblings.
  2. Click the down arrow by the child's name, and choose Combine with other siblings.
  3. On the duplicates list, click the box for each child who appears to be the same person.
  4. Click the Compare in More Detail button, or if you are sure they are the same person, you can click on Combine. If you choose the Compare in More Detail option, complete steps 5 through 10 below. If you click on Combine, then click OK.
  5. Compare and evaluate the information for the possible duplicate. (The main record is on the left; the possible duplicate is on the right. Ask yourself if the record on the right is the same as the one on the left. Before combining records, each part of the new record should be analyzed. If the new record has more spouses, extra parents, children that are not part of the family, or if it shows "Yes" on dying before age eight, the new record should be separated and wrong information removed before it is combined.)
  6. At the bottom of the page, you should see three options under "Are these the same individuals?" Select one of the options.
  7. Using the arrows at the bottom of the page, go through each possible duplicate, and decide which of the three options applies. Warning: If you skip this step, you may miss some duplicates.
  8. After you have compared all the records and chosen an option for each, click Done.
  9. You should see a review screen titled Your Answers. Here you can choose to cancel your choices or continue with the combining process.
  10. To finalize your choices, click OK. Then click OK again.
Note: After you have finished combining duplicate records as an individual, spouse, and child, you may want to rule out any other partial matches. To do this, on the Individual Details screen, click Possible Duplicates. Then click Search for other possible duplicates.

 

 

 

Related Problems:

 

  • Ungendered children. Sometimes children are showing with a gray question mark for the Gender. If the gender is known, click on the ungendered child's name. Go to his Details and on Gender, click on Add. Choose the correct gender by clicking on the empty circle next to male or female. After all ungendered children are given genders, combine duplicate children as described above.
  • Males shown as Females. Sometimes records are showing an individual as a male and a female. You can combine the correctly gendered records, but you can not combine male with female records. Contact Support by sending a Feedback. You will need proof of the correct gender. Do not combine the incorrectly gendered records.



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