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From: Lee Hoffman/KY <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Research Conflict Question
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:07:39 -0400
Arthur E. Hutchinson wrote:
> A "how did/do you handle" question for the list.
> In my conduct of a one-name study, I have found several instances of a
>person "claimed" by more than one ancestral line - sometimes due to a spouse
>name in common, sometimes due to location and time congruance, or similar
>reason. The individuals are surely not in both lines but will indeed be
>connected with many events that could belong properly to either.
> While I recognize that I can "merge" these individuals (and have a
>number of times to date) and have both sets of parents connected, at some
>point I (hopefully) will be able differentiate between the two and separate
>the two into their correct lineages. I have difficulty in then sorting the
>various earlier entered events so that they connect with their correct "Joe
>Doe" and in later recalling just why I differentiated the two individuals.
> Is there a "better" (or at least different) way of handling this
> My thoughts now. Use the note feature showing the two individuals as
>principles and "today's" date with my as-of-now thinking in the memo field.
>Duplicate this with later dates as research/thinking develops. Eventually,
>as I am able to "firm up" what events correctly belong where and to what
>families these individuals definitely belong, the notes will be useful in
>presenting the facts to other researchers (who are absolutely certain that
> What holes are there in the outlined procedure? Is this a better way?
I think I understand what you want. You have two persons of the same name
possibly about the same age and living in the same area. Which person did
what or is it that there really isn't two persons but one. In the last
case, I have a Custom Tag in the Other Tag Group called SamePerson for
situations such as this. I add the SamePerson tag entering the ID# of
each person as a Principal. This way if I forget that the other person is
there, I see the tag and it reminds me. Also it provides me a quick way to
go to the other person if I wish.
I also use the SamePerson tag for those that really are two persons but are
difficult to distinguish as to which participated in which event. This way
I easily know the other person's ID# and can quickly go to the other person
if I wish. In some cases, I will place the second person as either a
second Principal or a Witness and change the Tag and/or Witness Sentences
to show that I am so unsure as to which person participated in the event.
Hope this helps -
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