Too Many of The Same Sources?
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
Heidi Annette Post said: Is there a trick to cleaning up the details pages? It is exciting to see that there are new hints or records available for an ancestor only to find they are records that have already been added, at an earlier date. Is there a way to remove or combine these already attached records so that my ancestor doesn't have so many of the exact same source in his source box?
Gordon Collett said: At this point it is best to just attach them all then arrange them in some manner that makes them readable. If you detach sources, either they will just show up again as hints or someone will find them in a historical database and reattach them. About a year ago, a FamilySearch employee did mention that improvements to the search box were being developed, so maybe someday there there be a better solution.
This topic shows one way a lot of people handle the problem with several sources for the same information:
W David Samuelsen said: The problem is multiple duplicate records and extraction programs creating extraneous citations.
My solution to the pesky birth and marriage records is to re-arrange the sources and edit to add year of the record title.
That enable me to glance quickly what is missing from those with long lists of sources.0
David Newton said: There is one area where a massive number of sources need to be combined with each other: the old IGI data. I have come across some places which have four instances of the same event recorded in the England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 database. The same is true of the England Marriages, 1538–1973 database as well (plus its problem with "marriages" which are really marriage banns). The burials are just as bad.
There are times when people need to just suck it up and attach the sources. However these IGI-derived databases are not one of those times.0
S. said: One issue, but their could be many. all I can say is good luck at cleaning them up.0
I know this is an old issue, but is there anything in the works to correct/fix/? the problem???
Many of the duplicates come from familySearch hints.