Aaugh! I can't, and support says no one can, merge duplicate PIDs of living persons. Can you please work on this? Thanks so much! My one son's family is a duplicated mess!
I understand what you are try to do ...
That is CORRECT ... 'NO', You CANNOT ...
And. "Support" is CORECT ... You CANNOT ...
That said ...
Short Answer: You CANNOT "Merge"/"Combine" the "Living" individuals/persons of OTHER Users/Patrons.
You can ONLY "Merge"/"Combine" the "Living" individuals/persons in YOUR 'FamilySearch' Account.
"Living" individuals/persons ONLY reside in the "Private Spaces" of the User/Patrons who "Created" them.
The BEST option is to work with you Son in his 'FamilySearch' Account; and, address/fix (ie. where necessary = "Change"; and/or, "Merge"/"Combine"; and/or, "Delete") the "Living" individuals/persons in (the "Private Spaces" of) his 'FamilySearch' Account.
If you are a Member of the Church, to Help your Son directly, you can ALSO do, either, of the following:
(1) Use the "Help Others" feature/function/facility; or,
(2) Use the (Consultant) "Planner" feature/function/facility
I hope this helps.
We can ONLY see "Deceased" individuals/persons in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'; except, with this 'rider', that you can ALSO only see "Living" individual/person in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' that YOU created; as, they reside in your "Private Spaces".
No other User/Patron can see ANY "Living" individuals/persons that were created by another User/Patron; as, they ONLY reside in the "Private Spaces" of the User/Patron who created them.
We CANNOT even see the ACTUAL Record in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' of our IMMEDIATE Family (eg. Spouse; Children; Parents; Siblings; ETC; Etc; etc) if they are "Living"; and, they have their own 'FamilySearch' Account.
Of course, you can create your "Living" Family members; and, record them in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'; but, they will ONLY be seen by you:
- You cannot "Share" them with any other User/Patron.
- You cannot "Merge"/'Combine" them with any other "Living" individual/person residing in the "Private Spaces" of another User//Patron.
There is CURRENTLY no mechanism in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' for Users/Patrons, to "Share"; or, "give permission" to "Share", the "Living" individuals/persons in their own "Private Spaces" with/between other/another User(s)/Patron(s).
There are a myriad of "Privacy" Laws within the many various Countries and Unions throughout the World - it is a nightmare to negotiate.
"Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' is used in many Countries and Unions throughout the World; and, as such, must adhere to the myriad of "Privacy" Laws throughout the World.
Hence, "Privacy" is one of the reasons that we cannot "Share" the "Living" individuals/persons in our own "Private Spaces" - it is NOT the ONLY reason; but, certainly has a bearing on the matter.
Another factor is that such would have to be 'Coded'/'Programmed' into the Programme that is "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch'.
'Yes', these "Living" individuals/person in "Family Tree" of 'FamilySearch' WILL, in fact, in many (most) cases will be "Duplicated" - unfortunately a necessary situation that currently cannot be avoided.
I know that there are "Duplicates" of the "Living" ME - at least, one for my Wife and each of our Children, not to mention my other ("Living") extended Family members.
Here are some "Knowledge Articles" in 'FamilySearch' in regard to "Private Spaces" and "Living" individuals/persons:
What is a private space in Family Tree?
Who can see my living relatives in Family Tree?
If you have any more 'Questions' let us know.