Not sure what LNAB to use - multiple spellings

+4 votes
I added a profile for Jesse Brandenburg, then discovered there is also one for him call Brandenberg-4.. I need to merge them but unsure which spelling to use.  In researching him I have found numerous spellings on various documents (birth, census, marriage, death, military) and his grave site, including Brandenburgh, Brandenberg, Brandenburg, Brandinburg, Brandenberger.  His descendents mostly use Brandenburg.  What should I put for him in the merge?  Should I change the LNAB after the merge?
WikiTree profile: Jesse Brandenburg
in Genealogy Help by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
If all else fails, and his father's name is available, I use that.
I think it's good to add the other spellings in a research notes section.
I always add them in the Other last names as well as a Note in the biography.

3 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
When I find multiple spellings for a person I prefer to use birth and death records because they are contemporary and the information usually comes from close family members. If those two don't agree, I try to use the spelling that appears most often in historic records. Although it's tempting to use the spelling found on a gravestone, I've found several instances where that is incorrect.
by Patrick Barnum G2G6 Mach 5 (50.6k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
+5 votes
The birth cert. should be used for the LNAB, any other  spellings can be added as current last name or other last names used
by Kevin Conroy G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
I am just not sure the birth/christening record is his. The day and month and area are the same, but I haven't found anything else to determine if that was his.  If it was, his father was named Jacob.  Jesse does have a son named Jacob.
+5 votes
LNAB is a fiction used by WikiTree for data keeping. In Finland the 'official' record was often kept in Swedish but it was likely the languages used by the family was Finnish. A child was given a name, Peter. If a last name was needed, it might be 'his father's son' or it might be the farm where he lived. We do not know.
by Norm Lindquist G2G6 Mach 5 (52.3k points)
I think "LNAB is a fiction" is a little harsh. It serves as a search tool and may fall short in some languages but still has value. That's why it is so important put all known variations in a research section.

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