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Introducing Source Conflicts to Geni Profiles

Today we are excited to introduce the next step on our road to improving sources on Geni – Source Conflicts! 

When a profile has information that differs from the source citation values provided, you will receive an alert to review the discrepancy and if needed, update the profile. This new enhancement provides a fast and easy way for you to ensure that the best information, backed by documentation, is included on your Geni profiles.

Where to Find Source Conflicts

Source conflicts can be found and resolved on the Sources tab of a profile page. When new source conflicts are detected, an alert will appear below the Matches module on the profile page. 

Click on “Source Conflicts” to open the new “Source Conflicts” subtab, where you can review and resolve the possible discrepancies. You can review all of the conflicts for each document in the source conflict resolution table. The name of the document you are reviewing will appear at the top of the table. You can compare the information on the profile to the value that has been entered in the source citation for each conflicting profile fact. To review conflicts for the next document, click on the left and right arrows at the top right of the table.

Source conflict alerts can also be found next to a profile fact under the “View Source” subtab, as identified by the orange inconsistency alert icon.

And under the “View Facts” subtab.

Source conflicts have also been added to the Consistency Checker. You can quickly jump to the Source Conflicts category to view a list of source conflicts in the tree by clicking on the small triangle and selecting “Source Conflicts.” 

You may click “Review the conflict” to view and resolve the source conflict on the profile page.

How to Resolve Source Conflicts

To resolve a source conflict, select the correct value in the table and click “Update Profile.” If the value of the source citation is selected, the profile will automatically update with the new values. This is especially handy if the values in the source citation have not yet been added to the profile.

If you are updating a location, such as place of birth, using the value in the source citation, you will be asked to resolve and improve the location citation information to ensure the correct location information is entered into the appropriate location fields in the profile. 

To get started, click on the magnifying glass to do a quick location search to automatically fill in the location fields or click “Edit Location Details” to manually enter the location data into the appropriate fields. Once you are done, click “Update.”

Keep in mind that updating this location information does not change the value of the source citation, but it will allow you to update the profile with the new data. 

A small bullseye will appear at the right of the new value to indicate an updated location.

Once all of the correct values are selected, click “Update Profile” to resolve the conflict and update the profile with the source citation value, if applicable. If you do not have permission to edit the profile, a request to update will be sent to the profile managers. If you have resolved the conflict by selecting an existing value on the profile, then the source conflict will be hidden for everyone.

If there are multiple source conflicts for a particular profile fact, a small table icon will appear to the right. Click on the icon to view all the source citation values that conflict for that profile fact.

In this table, you can review information from all sources for a profile fact in order to determine which is the most accurate. Choose only one of the values to resolve the conflicts for that profile fact. All other values will be marked as hidden for everyone. You can use the back arrow to return to viewing source conflicts by source.

If you do not know how to resolve a conflict or have insufficient information to resolve it, you can choose to hide an individual source conflict or all conflicts for a particular source. To hide an individual source conflict, select the conflict and click the “Hide” button. You can hide the conflict just for yourself or for everyone. If you know all the citation values for a particular source are less accurate than the existing profile values, you can hide all the conflicts for that source by clicking “Ignore Source” at the top right. Note ignoring a source will not delete any source citations. 

You can view and unhide hidden conflicts or ignored sources at any time. Simply click on the buttons or click “Click to show” to display it.

Source Conflicts are just the latest tool to better improve accuracy and maintain the quality of the World Family Tree. By flagging discrepancies between the information on a profile and source citation values, we can quickly detect if there are any issues in the tree that should be addressed. We hope you will find this new tool helpful to your genealogy research.

This release is one of several designed to improve your Geni experience by ensuring the best, most accurate information is represented in the World Family Tree. Stay tuned for more!

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