I have someone in my tree who is not a relative but someone of a similar name - I can't remove them
If you are talking about the FamilySearch FamilyTree, you can always detach, merge, modify, or otherwise edit pre-existing person records for deceased individuals REGARDLESS of who put them there.
Nobody has "their own records" of deceased individuals in the FSFT. It is a single tree owned by FamilySearch that is shared by everyone.
Can you give us the PID number of the record(s) involved and what you specifically want to do with them?0
Are you certain, though, that they dont belong on the family Tree???
can you share with us the PID of the person so we can take a looK?
Thank you both for your responses. My family tree is for the Crosby family - the tree goes back picking up the individuals to John Murray Crosby successfully, but then confusion arrises as his father Thomas Crosby now appears as Thomas Corsbie reference LHDS-NNG the information below relates to a person from North Carolina and some of my great great grandfathers details.
What I wanted to do was to remove the Thomas Corsbie from the head of the tree ( detach him from the link to my family) and have Thomas Crosby with the correct details rather than a mixture of his and someone else's details.
To help to clarify things, Mg GG grandfather - Thomas Crosby was born 18 MARCH 1797 • Berwick on Tweed United Kingdom and died 18 DEC 1872 • Brainsbraugh, buried, at, Ackington, Northumberland, England. He was baptised
on 2 Apr 1797 • Golden Square Presbyterian / Scotch Church,Berwick Upon Tweed,Northumberland,England and lived his whole life in England.
He was married to Annie Guthrie and had 6 children : William, Elizabeth, Margaret,Isabella, Ann and John Murray (my great grandfather)
I hope this helps
So it looks like Ann Guthrie and "Ann" are likely duplicates and need to be merged, but you will need to verify the sources on each of them that marriage information was derived from. You won't have to Merge the 3 children for "Ann" because they are already the same PIDs. However, Ann Guthrie is also in a couple relationship with no spouse and 2 children. The children need to be removed from that couple relationship since they are already in the couple relationship Ann Guthrie has with Thomas.
It appears that the Thomas that married Margaret Hadley and the one that married Ann Guthrie are likely not the same person--especially since they have different sets of children being born at the same time but in different countries. It appears that his PID has had 4 other PIDs with Corsbie like names and very little other information merged into it over the past few years. One of those could very well be the Thomas from North Carolina.
So I investigated and found out that I was right. A thomas (and margaret) from N. Carolina was incorrectly merged into your Thomas Corsbie (and Ann). I Restored that other Thomas and realized that due to the earlier wrong merge there was such a mess of sources tying the wrong families together, so instead of trying to explain it all here, I just went through and regrouped the families. I also added a bunch of hints for the N. Carolina group to reinforce that they are not the same as the England group.
So at this point you need to do the following:
1) Fix the birth year on your Thomas. It was entered incorrectly (probably why you have a lot of those red data errors. Note that I remove the death year that belonged to the N. Carolina Thomas.
2) Go through all of the sources attached to both Thomas Corsbie and Ann Guthrie to confirm that they all REALLY belong to your ancestors. Detach any that do not belong.
3) Go through all the hints for your Thomas and Ann and attach those that are appropriate (at first glance they all seem to belong, but I'll leave that research up to you).
4) Enter as many dates and locations as you can. This will help to avoid any re-merging of the incorrect Thomas in N. Caroline with yours from england.
In summary, the essence of what I did was to go back 3 years in the change history log and restore the original Thomas from N.C. that was incorrectly merged (along with his wife Margaret) into the Thomas (with his wife Ann) from England. Once that was done, I could move the incorrect wife Margaret and her children over to the correct Thomas that I restored.
As a side note, this also corrected a hidden issue with the temple ordinances. Because of the bad merge 3 years ago, the ordinances for Thomas from England was being blocked by the ordinances for the Thomas from N.C. Because I undid the wrong merge instead of just creating a new spouse to attach Margaret to, everyone is now showing their correct ordinances (Thomas and Ann have yet to be sealed together).
Anyway, go ahead and finish cleaning up everything and you should be good to go!0