What to do about someone who enters an agreement to solve a family name dispute and then violates that agreement?

+8 votes
What do you do when you have created a bunch of records and merged family tree records to reflect an agreement to use a certain family name for a couple of generations because the actual name is in dispute, and then the other party creates new records and merges the agreed records into her own disputed name records?

Example: Merged Cundit-5 into Condict-121
in Policy and Style by Alan Condit G2G2 (2.1k points)
Use the problems with members link below.  Deliberately creating duplicates is frowned upon.
It wasn't really a merge, just an LNAB change.

Technically, an LNAB change always creates a new profile, then immediately merges the old one into the new one.

The difference is, there's no "created" line at the bottom of the Change Log.
The agreed upon profile is gone and I can't revert the change. The profile says merged into xxx-nnn. So the effect is the same.

6 Answers

+3 votes
The Help index includes the Wikitree team.  You should probably email one of them.
by Maureen Rosenfeld G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
+4 votes
Here is information on how to handle disputes with other WikiTreers: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Problems_with_Members
by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
+4 votes
Early profiles like those are eligible for project protection (of the profile with the agreed-upon LNAB) to ensure that merges go in the intended direction. These would be in scope for the U.S. History project.

Sometimes well-intentioned users get confused and mistakenly merge in the wrong direction, so project-protection can be helpful even when there are no disputes.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+6 votes
A duel is the only solution. Manager of the lower-numbered profile gets to pick the weapon.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (225k points)
+5 votes
Hi Alan, as other's have mentioned, please go through the steps here: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Problems_with_Members

by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
+4 votes

The other thing to realize (not covered in the other responses) is that Wikitree has a policy to follow when the spelling of the LNAB is either in dispute, or there were multiple variations of the spelling:

Go with the earliest documented spelling of the name as reflected in an original record from the time period (ideally a birth or baptism record) unless there are a number of documents from the same/similar time period (e..g., vital records of siblings, a family will written during the same time period/generation) in which the spelling is consistently some other way for the given family.

Surname spellings were incredibly fluid before 1800, and even more so before 1700. So how a father spelled his surname may be different from how his son or grandson spelled it one and two generations later. Even within a person's life time, spellings on records vary. That's why we have to have some sort of guide for last name *at birth*.

In the case of this early family, it's clearly all over the place.

If I were you, I don't think I'd choose to fight this battle (or duel as Chase suggests elsewhere in this thread...). Just be sure that the alternative spellings are in the Other Last Names field.


by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (784k points)

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