I have a really large number of merges to complete. I am looking for a better way. Is there one.
I have noticed that the hints that FamilySearch presents are predominately from Census records and Christening records. So the computer system takes this data; names, age, location etc and assumed parent and child relationships. So then each person identified by a code number has a hint or hints. Now unless a census taker back in the day knew that a family was a foster or adoptive one the computer or even a transriber can't tell. However from a census record it is assumed the people are a biological unit unless their surnames are different. So from a census record you sometimes get an entire family. When it comes to christening records they usually have the fathers name and the mothers first name. The computer then from the child data creates a new person and respective number (PID). If a couple are created from a marriage record and each individual also has a christening record, I would consider that a concrete and certain fact of existence. This quite often is not the case. If one is lucky a census record has all the children and that creates a complete family after merging. But if you only have 5 of 10 children and the rest come from christening records each of the first 5 has a duplicate which have to be merged. The name on the census is different, such as missing the middle name or misspelled by census worker. Such as Frank Doe on the census and Frank James Due in the christening ending up with 2 brothers named Frank, whereas there is only 1 person named Frank James Doe . I guess, I can delete the one I don't want but this is happening to me multiple times with large families. I'm sorry but I find it very tedious. Is there some kind of bulk merge of all the duplicates that I don't know about?