But, just because we can combine duplicates on the new FamilySearch does not mean the information is correct. And, of course, we already knew that.
So, here’s my plan. I’m going through all my peeps using the Legacy Family Tree integration. It’s fun watching the progress bar move along gifting me with a 0.01% increase for every person on FamilySearch I can match to my own database.
There’s nothing to do except click on a person, wait for FamilySearch to look for a match and then designate the people who come up as either Same Person, Not Sure, or Not the Same Person.
I like the Not Sure button best. I use Not the Same mostly for things like born 1850 on my side, married 1791 on the FamilySearch side. Sometimes I think nFS bring up possibilities like that just to test if I’m paying attention.
After combining what I tell it to, it will present me with the output ready for the next step, Share Data.
The next step is to download changes from FamilySearch to my database or upload info from my database to FamilySearch using the little button next to each field. That sounds simple except for what I said at the top. This information is not necessarily correct on either side.
I could decide to only add information for my near and dear ones where I know the information is absolutely verified. We know no-one has ever put an incorrect date on a headstone (cough) or a BMD certificate.
No, this is not the time to exchange information. This is the time to start emailing people and asking for their sources. Included with each record is a number identifying the submitter. Assuming it’s a person not called FamilySearch Data Administrator, there’s probably an email address to write to.
There’s a place to add sources on the FamilySearch side with drop-down choices that make it relatively simple.
But, people don’t always do that.
Wouldn’t it be funny if people wrote me back saying, ‘I got it from that Jgen website‘. Oh, did you really? And where did I get it from? Third cousin who got it from her sister who made a trip to Salt Lake City 45 years ago and she’s pretty sure there’s paperwork for it somewhere in her climate-controlled storage locker that she’s been renting since before scanners were invented but right now she’s having another cat healthcare crisis and it might be awhile before she can dig it out of there but she does plan to do it as soon as she has time.
Talk to people, people. We’ll get this all sorted out someday.