I have had a number of comments recently, both public and private, about a huge number of duplicate entries finally showing up in the FamilySearch.org Family Tree. Previously, the program was unable to find or view these duplicates because of a complex issue originating in the limitations imposed by the previously used program, new.FamilySearch.org. You can see my more extended explanation in my post entitled, "What will the FamilySearch Family Tree look like when it is fixed?"
The appearance of the Family Tree's previously undetectable reservoir of duplicates is a major indication that the programming being done to detach and finally put to rest the new.FamilySearch.org program is finally nigh at hand. As I note in my post from my other blog, the appearance of all of the duplicate entries in the Family Tree will throw some of the family lines into chaos. On the other hand, most of us who have been waiting for years for this event to happen are diligently trying to merge all the duplicates.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, it probably doesn't matter at all. The problem involves people with "legacy" families whose relatives have submitted their genealogical information to FamilySearch and its predecessors for well over a hundred years. Fortunately, the store of duplicates is not infinite, although it may seem so in some cases. I do know that it is potentially possible for their to be over a thousand copies of one individual essentially hidden in the program. These previously undetectable duplicates have prevented many of these "pioneer" lines from being corrected in the Family Tree.
The end is not quite here yet. I still see notices that some of my relatives "Can't Be Merged At This Time." This notice is the chief indicator that the problem still has not be resolved. But my own experience, and those of my commentators, is that many more duplicates have appeared and are able to be merged.
Of course, this may all be idle speculation. We may still have a while to wait before there is a definitive end to the limitations imposed on the Family Tree. As usual, we will just have to wait and see.