Changing a married name to a birth name

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Last week I added a woman, who I've always known by her last name, which is also the same name she's known by in history, but just recently I've learned that she married at a very young age and that name is actually her Married name, and not her Birth name.

So my question is this, would I better to Edit her last name in her profile (which worries me a bit)...or create a second profile with her correct Birth name, and then merge the two profiles into one? I'm much more comfortable with the second option, but also concerned that I might be causing more of a problem than I already have?

in WikiTree Help by David Anderson G2G4 (4.5k points)
You don't create a duplicate profile.  If you are the profile's manager, or on the trusted list, you edit the last name at birth field and fix it there.

2 Answers

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The approach is to indeed change the 'Last Name at Birth'. Only the profile manager can do that. Please add a description with the change that explains the name change.

This will create a new URL to the profile, meaning the name of profile will change from MARRIEDNAME-number to LNAB-number.

The same will happen if you do the merge, but that will make changes to 2 profiles instead of 1.

You might want to check other profiles where you might have used the old link to her profile, eg [ [MARRIEDNAME-number] ] and preferably change those as well for clarity.
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (222k points)
You want to do a search to see if the 'birth' name might already be on wikitree, so then you would merge into that one.
Good catch Linda. Yeah, important to do.
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You should never knowingly create a duplicate just to get round a difficult situation.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Duplicates#Is_it_ever_acceptable_to_intentionally_create_a_duplicate.3F
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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