Create New Profiles Or Change Last Name At Birth

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Has there been a change to WikiTree policies that new profiles are created when a new last name at birth is suggested?
WikiTree profile: Mary Ellzey
in WikiTree Help by Allison Mackler G2G6 Mach 5 (52.0k points)
Nope.  One profile per person.  If the LNAB is incorrect, anyone on the Trusted List can change it - and should change it.  (It essentially creates a new profile with a new ID#, but in the approved way.)
Okay, thank you!

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Thank you for the help!  I've never been able to get a last name changed without creating a profile to merge it into.  Is it because I wasn't the profile manager?  If I were the profile manager or on a trusted list, then a name change would become available on the edit page?  I guess I've never had to change the last name on a profile I already managed!
by JJ Stratton G2G Crew (470 points)
Yes, that is correct!
Sometimes a lot of patience is required.  Something most of us have experienced at some time or other.
Technically, only a Profile Manager can make the last name change. Someone on the Trusted List but not as a P.M. cannot access that particular edit. I know, I've tried several times. Always had to wind up enlisting the PM to get-er-done. Kinda makes sense. Wikitree policies pretty much eventually force a PM to add almost anyone to the Trusted List if the requester puts up a fuss with the "Problems With Members" or "Unresponsive Profile Manager" functions. So, restricting the LNAB edit prevents any Tom, Dick, or Harry, that may or may not have valid reasons and/or sources, from making such an important change.
I have made several last name changes without being the profile manager.  One only needs to be on the Trusted List.
Hmmmm. Interesting. Never worked for me before. Maybe I'll check it out again. Thanks for the feedback,

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