Challenge of the week: Clean up names [closed]

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Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our Data Doctors Challenge this week?           

Aleš's "WikiTree+" data analysis has uncovered thousands of profiles with special characters or words in name fields that probably don't belong there. There are parentheses that need to be removed, suffixes that need to be moved to the Suffix field, and much more.

Errors in name fields aren't just cosmetic. They make it less likely for profiles to be found in searches and matching.

Here is the table of likely problems and other suggestions to investigate.

Although the changes might be simple and fast, a thoughtful genealogist like you needs to investigate and carefully make the decision.

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WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_Names_XVI
closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
closed by Eowyn Walker
Challenge is active.

I have come across a large problem of Polish individuals (more than 40) all created in 2015. I know nothing about naming practices, but some of them look as if the manager (not active) has added his name into the current name. Do you have an expert in Polish naming that can look at

 for the name Zaborowski not far down on the page?

10 Answers

+6 votes
I'll try to do a few
by Anon Sharkey G2G6 Mach 6 (60.9k points)
+5 votes
I'll also try to get a few done. Thanks.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+5 votes
Count me in!
by Nancy Thomas G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
+5 votes
I will try to get some of these cleared.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (677k points)
+4 votes
If a profile name is using a U topped by a doube dots, should it be changed to a simple U so that it can be found be the wikitree search engine ?
by N Gauthier G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
If a person has a 'ü' in the name, then that's the correct way not write it, not 'u'.

The WikiTree search engine find letters with diacritics when you enter them without diacritics.

I have a merge to initiate where one profile has just "u" and the other profile has the special "ü" so which way should the final merged profile have ?

If you want to do it yourself, these are the profile numbers ...

Von Jülich-Kleve-Berg-2
Duke of Julich - Cleves - Berg, La Marck-1

Duke of Julich - Cleves - Berg, La Marck is an English translation for a German name, so it's incorrect. Von Jülich-Kleve-Berg is the actual a German name.
+5 votes
I will do a few also
by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 8 (83.0k points)
+5 votes
Sure, I'm up for another challenge.
by Charles Avis G2G6 Mach 3 (33.0k points)
+4 votes
I'll have a go at some of the Scottish ones
by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 8 (87.4k points)
+4 votes
I'll take care of some orphans.
by Nan Starjak G2G6 Pilot (330k points)
+3 votes
I'll do a few
by Tracy Frayne G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)

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