This record was a duplicate and has been retired. We recommend using the most current copy.
I am seeing this warning on many of the people I research and I don't understand what it is warning me about. Can an explanation be added to a knowledge article or a new article create to explain what we should be doing about it (i.e. detach the source, describe the source better, report it to someone . . . )?
William Henry Walmsley [LC2W-8QM] is a good example. He has 74 sources attached. The first four are all baptism records and 3 of the 4 have the warning:
The first source was attached by "FamilySearch" and the link takes you to Film # 008086657 and opens at image 1 of 1174
This is not the right image. If you go to image 1114, you see a very clear image of the baptism record, but this is the "duplicate" that has been retired. When you click on "View Current Record" you are taken to Film # 004421681, image 616 of 757.
This is not the correct image either. The correct image is 605 and is a very very badly faded copy of the same image. It is not a true "duplicate" and is not the image I would choose to document the event. But this is the "current record".
The second source was attached by Boyd Kent Earl and does not say that it is a duplicate but takes you to the same document (Film # 004421681, image 616 of 757) - with the same URL ending in JQS3-RHM.
The third source was also attached by Boyd Kent Earl. It does have the warning. The "retired" record link takes you to Film # 004421681, image 616 of 757
The "current record" link takes you again to the URL ending in JQS3-RHM, image 616 of 757. So this is not a duplicate. It is the same record. The URLs differ, but take you to the same image.
Finally, the third source "retired record" link takes you to Film # 004421681, image 616 of 757, but the URL is:
The "Current" record link takes you to the URL ending in JQS3-RHM, image 616 of 757. This is not a duplicate. It is the same record.
In summary, there are only two records linked here. You end up going to Film # 004421681, image 616 of 757 from 7 of the 8 links and Film # 008086657 and opens at image 1 of 1174 from the 8th link.
I find myself asking if the system is broken. Can something be done to reduce the amount of time I spend viewing the same image and then being told that the extremely clear image is a "duplicate" and has been "retired". It would help, at least, if there was a KA explaining the warning message and what to do about it as I said at the top.