How can I change the birth order of twins?

+11 votes
I accidently entered the younger twin before the older.  Now I can't change the birth order.
WikiTree profile: Gordon Mumford
asked in WikiTree Help by Lois Olson G2G1 (1.6k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Is Gordon the younger and Wil the elder?

I have just made some trials. If there are two (Or more) siblings with the same DOB they are listed in alphabetical order. That's why Gordon is listed first.

This do not depend on the order they are entered or their WikiTree IDs. If there were a third sibling born on the same date named Albert, this last one would be listed first.
So, I've hidden my silly response about my 'guess' that they were ordered in Wiki-ID order ... well, duh!  Kudos to Rubén who actually did some tests ... duh on me
Thank you so much for all the help/suggestions on how to show Wil as the older twin and Gordon as the younger.  I especially appreciate the actual tests that showed what would/wouldn't work.  I had no idea what to try, other than to remove Gordon and then add him back on--which didn't work. It's true that in the long run it doesn't really matter, except to those in the family who know the difference!
There was no need to do so Bob. Many times guesses lead to great ideas and discoveries.

Peter's answer is very full, comprehensive and detailed. And I think Charlotte's comment closes the circle.

4 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
Rubén's comment is correct; the order in which names are entered will have no effect on the placement o the name.

If you list a number of siblings with no birthdates, they will be listed alphabetically.

If some have birthdates and some don't, those without dates will appear first (in alphabetical order), followed by those with dates (in chronological order).

Of all those with birthdates, any multiple births will be sorted alphabetically, (the exception being twins born on different days - e.g. just before and just after midnight).
answered by Peter Knowles G2G6 Mach 6 (64.8k points)
selected by Charlotte Shockey
Maybe you can make a note on the profiles about who came out 1st & who came out 2nd.
+7 votes
The first thing I'd try would be unconnect the one you want to be the second twin and then reconnect him or her.  You might need to save the profile in the meantime.  If that doesn't work come back and ask again.
answered by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
+4 votes
Seems unfair that one twin should always have to be the 2nd
answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
+2 votes

Siblings are different

John born "before 1600", Richard "1600" (they weren't twins)

On the parents, John first (correct), probably alphabetical (wrong reason)

On the brother, Richard first.



answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (432k points)

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