Have two families been morphed into one by FamilySearch in 2012? Can they be separated?
I have found Thomas Brooke LW1S-GD2 and wife Anne LCXB-YK6 in my search to double check previously done temple work. I am making sure all the sources my grandmother used are connected to the individuals and families she submitted on family group sheets to do their temple work. I realize she was working at a disadvantage in the 1950's to 1970's and know she made mistakes. See the following links to the two sheets I am using now.
I believe FamilySearch combined these two families. I looked at the change log for Thomas Brooke LW1S-GD2 and the children from the 1816 family group sheet were added in 2012. I also make note that the note(s) added in August 2013 were originally from my grandmother. The only merges done with Thomas were done by me this past Sunday. Thomas' temple work matches what is on the 1795 group sheet except the sealing to spouse date. Anne's temple work matches the 1816 group sheet. I reviewed Anne's change log and found I am the only person who has merged Anne and just this past Sunday.
Just to be clear, it is extremely difficult to know for sure there are two separate families. I am basing my decision about two families from the places of residence and the father's occupation listed on the christening records of the children. I have reviewed all of the children in the Birstall and Cleckheaton Parish registers and made note of their father's occupations and place of residence in the christening record. I found christenings for all of the children on the 1795 group sheet. The places of residence listed in their christenings were Heckmondwike and Birstall. The father's occupation was joiner. I was unable to find christenings for these children from the 1816 group sheet: John (1837), Benjamin (1846), and Mary (1849). For those I did find in the christenings, the place of residence was Cleckheaton, and the father's occupations were blacksmith and collier. I believe all the children's temple work matches what is on the group sheet they are on. Child Thomas Brooke LW1S-23P was added after both of these group sheets. He appears to belong to the 1816 family.
Thomas Brooke LW1S-GD2: Private message sent to guest with an update on the issue.0