Change of Last Name looks like a merge, and it was not

+17 votes

As a mentor, I have received a lot of messages about people who are creating duplicates and merging instead of just changing the last name at birth.   I am here to tell you that they are not creating duplicates, it is the way WikiTree records a change of LNAB.   Take a look at this

08:16: You edited the data for Rebecca (Unknown) Hollingsworth (abt.1770-abt.1836). (Merged ---956 into Unknown-529333: adding name per WikiTree Standards)08:16: You edited the data for Rebecca -- (abt.1770-abt.1836). (Merged ---956 into Unknown-529333)08:16: You created Rebecca (Unknown) Hollingsworth (abt.1770-abt.1836).08:15: You added You as manager for profile of Rebecca -- (abt.1770-abt.1836).This was an orphan profile that I adopted and changed the name from "--" to Unknown.   It makes it look like I created a new profile and then did a merge, which, I did not....I just changed the last name.

in The Tree House by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (756k points)
That's correct... under the hood, changing the LNAB is exactly the same as a merge of duplicates.

1 Answer

+8 votes
Thanks for pointing that out Robin. I knew this had been an improvement to make it easier to see/find changes about the profile when it was the previous name (an improvement I greatly appreciated), but it didn't occur to me what it would like like on the contributions list for the person correcting the LNAB!
by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (539k points)

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