This person and his oldest son, Carl Leroy Pettay 21 September 1928 – 13 March 1985 • LB9N-MSX, show twice with the same PID numbers on the person page. How to you combine when they are not possible duplicates (do not have different PID numbers?)
I don't know if this is the correct way but I have found this sorts it out for me.
If you look at the second entry for Raymond Leroy Pettay G3D3-BCP, you will find he does not have a spouse. Now add a spouse, just the maiden surname of his spouse will do, in this case 'Grace.' Nothing more is needed.
Create a new person.
Copy the new number and then go to the person page of Carlene Marie Grace G3DQ-Z6X.
Scroll down and on the right hand side click 'Merge by ID.'
Merge as normal.
This should then clear the same people.
Cedar's method is useful when there are half a dozen children listed under the 'single parent version' of the person. When the single-parent entry is caused by a single relationship, as here, it's much simpler to just remove that relationship.
On either Carl's or Raymond's detail page, find where Carl is listed under just Raymond, with no mother/spouse, and click the pencil icon to the right of Carl's name.
This will bring up the Edit Parent-Child Relationship pane. I believe in this case either one of the "remove or replace" buttons will work.
@Julia Szent-Györgyi I read you comment and had a face palm 'of course!' moment. Thanks.
I tend to alway use the "add temporary spouse then merge method" so I just have one workflow to remember and don't accidentally use the wrong one. "Add then merge" always works. Just deleting the relationship can sometimes lead to problems.
Please let me point out the original source of confusion since that comes up on a regular basis. The reason there were no duplicates to merge and these two men showed twice with the same ID number was not because there were duplicate people. What you are seeing is what you always see when there is more than one relationship between the same two people.
In this case, there were two relationships:
As has been explained, there are two ways to fix multiple relationships if needed. One is to just delete one of the relationships. The other is to create a situation where you have duplicate people (here by adding a duplicate Carlene) then merging the duplicate people in a way that will also merge the relationships.
The ability to have duplicate relationships is what allows us to display people with more than one set of parents such as showing them with biological, step-, adoptive, and other types of parents all at the same time on the Detail page.