A lot of people have asked over the years how to clean up duplicates in their Ancestry Member Tree. If you are one of the people who discovered that your mysterious distant cousin Mary was really the same person as Uncle George’s wife Mary, then you’ll be happy to learn that we have a solution that makes it simple to merge two duplicate people without losing any of the relationships, facts, photos, or stories you’ve entered.
How does it work?
Select one of the duplicate people in your tree
Go to the person’s overview or profile page and from the “More options” menu, select “Merge with duplicate.”
Select the other duplicate person
On the left side of the page, you’ll see the person you’ve already selected. On the right side of the page, you can select the person’s duplicate in a few ways.
Select the facts you want to display
After you’ve chosen the duplicate individuals, they’ll be displayed side-by-side so you can compare the two and choose which facts you want to display for the merged individual.
Already, I’ve been able to clean up some of the messiness that existed in my own tree by using this new feature and hope it helps those of you who have been looking for a solution for merging duplicate people in your own tree.
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