Other names field - How big is it?

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I have several families with many multiple spellings. I'm of course trying to avoid others creating duplicates. So I'm adding alternate spellings to the "other last name field" I'm curious, am I going to hit a wall eventually because the field is only so big? How big is it?
in WikiTree Tech by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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I held down a letter key for about 30 seconds.  I hit save. Then I looked at a public view of the profile.  The other last name field continued until the edge of the screen outside of the profile page.  So I guess the answer to your question will depend on the size of your monitor.  Update, Upon shrinking the screen I find that it only carries on about twice the length of a profile page, probably about 200 characters, but well beyond the range of view.  It could carry on indefinitely like a spreadsheet but it would take a great deal of careful use of directional keys to read it.
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (241k points)
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LOL That was a great way to come up with an answer
Thanks for the info.  I never thought to put multiple last names in there.  I have a family that changed their last names several times.  And none of them were similar in last name.

Here is an example:

Mary Elizabeth Whittaker (birth name)


Mary Elizabeth Watts

Mary Elizabeth Pearson


Mary Elizabeth Green


As you can see, she used several different names.  Is there a way to make the OTHER LAST NAMEs field searchable though?  As in if someone is searching for her as Mary Elizabeth Pearson, they will find her?  Or is it only the birth name and married names that are searchable?
Yes it searches on other last name also. But it doesn't do it immediately, It has to wait until the system reindexes which happens in the middle of the night (I think) So wait 24 hours for it to search those names

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