When two researchers (or more!) create profiles for the same person, then someone can propose a Merge if the "owners" of the two persons agree to the merge.
I get at least 30 to 50 merge requests each week (because I have about 5,000 persons in WikiTree, some of whom are not connected to parents, spouses or children (Don't ask me why, it's a long story!).
The first notice of a proposed merge is an email. The email says, in part:
Carole has proposed a merge between Daniel Hubbard (Hubbard-875) and Daniel Hubbard (Hubbard-658). Click here to compare them side-by-side.
I clicked on the link to compare the two profiles side by side:
I checked the names, the dates of birth and death, the relationships (none in this case for Hubbard-658 (on the right) and the information matched very well. This is a match.
At the top of the screen above, there is a link to "merge them."
That opened the screen to accomplish the merge (two screens below):
On the screens above, the information for Hubbard-875 is on the left and for Hubbard-658 in the middle. The proposed merged profile is on the right. If a name, date or place is different, I can choose which one to use by checking or unchecking the boxes to the left of the left-hand profile.
I decided that these profiles should be merged, so I clicked on the green "Confirm Merge" button below the profile comparison on the screen above.
The "Matching and Merging Profiles" screen opened and told me that profile Hubbard-875 was merged into profile Hubbard-658 as a "new" Hubbard-658 profile:
The screen above provides several more options - to adjust the privacy level for the merged profile, to add or edit the profile's biography and sources, and to engage other researchers in collaborative dialogue or ask a question about the profile.
All of that took maybe a minute to accomplish. The Matching and Merging system works very well on WikiTree and is absolutely vital to the goal of creating one profile for each historical person.
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