How can I merge variant spellings and select correct version?

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Dicks-20 and Dix 1083 are the same person, my great grandmother.  How can I merge them and keep the Dix spelling?
WikiTree profile: Susan Smith
in Genealogy Help by Mary White G2G Crew (660 points)

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Since you are one of the profile managers.  After the merge, I believe you will co-manage with the manager of the other profile.  As manager you can change the spelling of the LNAB, if need be.
by Mary Cole G2G6 Mach 9 (98.4k points)
Also, since the LNAB's are not the same.  You may be able to merge in the other direction.  I am not certain of this.  Perhaps someone in the know will chime in.

See: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Correcting_a_Last_Name_at_Birth

Hello, Mary White!

Mary Cole is correct in that you can switch the positions of the profiles before you complete the merge.

Once you click the link for a final comparison (the link that reads "You can complete this merge after a final comparison. ") of the merge, you will be on the merge completion page. At the top are 2 yellowish boxes; in the second box is a link that reads "If Dix is correct, click here to reverse the merge." You must click that link if you want to keep Dix as the LNAB (last name at birth).

I've embedded the links in my comment, so you should be able to click the "click here to reverse the merge" link to complete the switch directly. If you need help with this process, just let us know!

Okay - good to know. So if I understand correctly, only a profile manager can change a LNAB?

You don't have to be a profile's manager to change its LNAB, Fann; you just need to be on its Trusted List.

I'm not absolutely certain if that includes Family Members.

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