Is there a way to correct several indexing errors on a census record?
On the 1930 US census for Philadelphia, PA, I found some relatives but I am unable to attach the record to them because the family relationships are all mixed up. I tried moving them around on the screen, but ran into problems with that.
On the census, William Freiling is the head of the household. He was indexed as the "father." Catherine Philipp was the housekeeper. She was indexed as the "mother." Loyola Anderson who was only 11 years old was indexed as the "head." Other family members who were boarders were indexed as brothers and sisters. One child, Catherine Anderson, was indexed as a sister and also a granddaughter.
I would love to attach this record to the family but can't figure out how to do it with all the errors.
I tried copy/pasting a URL but the site keeps rejecting it. I'll have to figure out what I'm doing wrong there.
Source Linker can actually work around erroneously-indexed relationships. You'll need to make frequent use of the two "Change" dropdowns to change the index and Tree focus people until the ones you want to attach line up, and you'll likely have black exclamation marks all over the place, but you don't actually need to worry about those.
I think I found the right William Freiling in the census (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHW4-6MV), but I can't get Find to cough up even a vaguely-likely-looking family in the Tree, so I can't demonstrate on your mess, but here's a smaller one from my spouse's Famous Relative's family:
In order to get Albert to line up, I first tried changing to him on the left (the index side), but he wasn't in the right-hand dropdown (the tree side), so I chose his wife Márta on the right, and then chose Albert on the left, and then Albert on the right (who was now there, since he was Márta's second husband). It often goes like that: you try something, it doesn't quite work as expected, you try something else, and eventually it lines up and you can attach a person.0
Thank you so much. It worked perfectly. I changed the focus person to William Anderson. Then I opened the drop-down for "children on record" on the left, then moved them into their proper place. I still have to attach the record to the grandmother who was also living there. I'll probably have to go to her page to do that. William Freiling was the homeowner and not connected to the family. I don't know if there is a family tree on Family Search for him. The grandmother was his housekeeper. Her married daughter and son-in-law were also living there, along with their three children. Ten years earlier (1920) William Freiling was the boarder in that same home. The grandmother was the "head" at that time.
Thanks again for your help!0
@CarolynMBeazer, notice that the tree-side Change drop-down includes a box where you can go to a profile using its ID. When all else fails, use that.0