Last Name At Birth difference in merges

+11 votes

A recent merge (today) made me think about how to approach merges with different LNAB's. First off, the merge was ok and needed to be done. It may even be that the post-merge LNAB is the correct one, but there are no primary sources cited and the explanation given was

It looks like a simple mistake, because Legault is the last name of his father so that is the correct last name at birth.

This is not a complaint about this particular profile or merge, just a caution about how we determine LNAB's. I think it is a little too facile to conclude for an early 18th century record that the LNAB of the child must be the same as that of the father without consulting primary records.

in Policy and Style by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (553k points)

4 Answers

+3 votes
Great question, Helmut!  I've struggled with that issue myself.  With no sources, or only second-hand references to someone's compiled tree, it is impossible to know which name is accurate.  When it is just a spelling issue, I add the other spelling in the Other Last Name(s) field and add a note at the top of the Biography section to indicate that a source is needed for the last name.  When there are two different names, such as in your example, I avoid the merge because I don't know what the correct LNAB is, and I don't want to create a possible incorrect redirect.  One time I rejected a merge request and stated that the profile needed a source to prove the correct LNAB first.  I received a stern message from the profile manager who stated that I should "just merge" and let her do the sourcing later.

I hope someone can provide us with a better solution.
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (569k points)
+2 votes
Isn't this more of a policy issue about dit names?  Wrong reason but right result.

His father was Legeau in his marriage record, for what that's worth.  Perhaps he was Danish and made of little plastic bricks.
by Living Horace G2G6 Pilot (573k points)
I tried not to make it about this particular profile but about the line of argument: his father's name was such, therefore his name is the same. There are plenty of examples where that is not the case.
+3 votes

The basic protocol adopted by the New Netherland Settlers project a long time ago (before I joined) is to:

The New Netherland Settlers project has some unusually complicated challenges with names, but a similar approach makes sense for other situations where LNAB isn't clear.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
0 votes

How to determine LNAB with the primary records ...

Birth: Jean Baptiste Legault (le gau)

Marriage: J Baptiste Legot dit Deslaurier

Marriage: Jean Baptiste Legau Deslauriers

Death: Jean Baptiste Legos

The names are written phonetically.
The spelling used for this person is different but the pronunciation is the same.

For earlier ancestors the spelling of a name was not standardized.

Last Name at Birth

It is usually the formal name as it appears in official documents at the time of birth. However, it may not be exactly what appears in a birth record if:

There was a spelling mistake or error in the document, or if the family name was more commonly spelled in a different way at the time of the birth.

The 'DIT' Name

"Dit" names should not go in this field (LNAB). They can go in the Current Last Name, Other Last Name, as appropriate.

Last Name at Birth: Legault
Current Last Name: Legault dit Deslauriers


edit: add link


PRDH - Variant of the the standard name Legault

PRDH - Variant of the the standard name Deslauriers

by E Martin G2G6 Mach 8 (88.1k points)
edited by E Martin

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