How does one merge profiles with Unknown-XYZ

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While attempting to connect the unconnected profiles on my watchlist, I have come across a few cases where another member has inadvertently created a 2nd profile for the same person with LNAB as 'Unknown' or 'not known'

One such example is while attempting to merge Unknown-309681 into Buckenham-7 I get a message telling me that Unknown-309681 is not a valid Wikitree ID so they cannot be merged.  How does one manage such a situation? They are in fact the same person, but the merge tool will not merge them.

I edited my version of Elizabeth Unknown, generated by importing my family tree gedcom, to show her LNAB as Buckenham and the result was Buckenham-7. When replacing her LNAB with Buckenham, I explained that her LNAB was not available. Is this a reasonable procedure?
WikiTree profile: John Buckenham
in Policy and Style by Steven Ringer G2G6 (6.9k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
It's case-sensitive after the first letter.  Fitzalan is different from FitzAlan, UNKNOWN is different from Unknown.

2 Answers

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Unless you are manager of both profiles then after you initiate a merge it has to be approved and completed by the other profiles manager.

See merging in help index.

 

by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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You created a false profile for Elizabeth (she is Buckenham-28 by the way, 7 is the husband)  You should either revert the change or merge into UNKNOWN-309681.  Unknown is correct for LNAB when it is not known - it's equivalent to leaving it blank in your genealogy program.  WikiTree doesn't allow blanks there, so use Unknown, but put the married name in Current Last Name, or when it is the earlier one of multiple marriages, in the Other Last Names.
by M Anonymous G2G6 Mach 4 (47.2k points)

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