The Kleine/Becker tangle, German surnames, and other issues

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OK, so I've been tracing my family tree and learning wikitree at the same time. I'm a little hung up with my great great grandfather, [[Becker-5548|John Becker]], I connected into a group of GED files when I set an existing profile as his wife. Several duplicates exist in the family group and lots of ancestry sources I can't look at. So I'm sorting through the siblings and look at John's wife's sister's husband, and its John's brother. But John is missing from family group, and I have so many extra questions now. The profile I want to connect as his father has a double surname with an abbreviation. [[Kl._Becker-1]]. Is that a legitimate surname to use on a wiki profile? I've found the guy on familysearch as Carl Becker. He was born in Prussia, had most of his kids in Blooming Grove, Dane, Wisconsin, then they all moved to what would become Emerald, Lancaster, Nebraska. I drive past his grave every time I drive to Lincoln. His grave does not say Kl._Becker. So that's my main question to deal with. Should I go ahead and connect John as his son? Why wasn't John a profile already, since all of his siblings and his wife's siblings are already here? By the way, I'm almost sure John and his wife were first cousins, in addition to his brother marrying her sister. Then they all named their kids after each other. As for John's other siblings in this profile group, I'm thinking the two Elizabeth's are duplicates, and possibly the same as Louisa "Lizzie" Becker. Also, who is Maud Becker? How did Carl and Anna have one child in Shropshire, England, after they were all settled in the U.S. after leaving Germany? To top everything off, my laptop won't reboot. So I can't access my desktop file full of links and citations for sources I had already gathered for these guys. I am trying to figure out how to do what I was doing with a Kindle Fire now. I don't even know if there is a clipboard function on this thing. I would stop bashing my head against this wall of frustration, but I don't want to turn a blind eye on this mess I've spotted in my family line. I do not want wikitree to look so much like a pre-made mess on an unsourced pedigree chart. Ugh. Its all fresh in my mind right now, but I don't know how to work on fixing it with my current technical difficulties. I'm not even sure how to copy and paste a familysearch source citation with this silly tablet.
WikiTree profile: Carl Friedrich Kl. Becker
in Genealogy Help by Sarah Mason G2G6 Mach 4 (45.9k points)

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[[Kl._Becker-1]]. Is that a legitimate surname to use on a wiki profile?

I don't do Ancestry.com either (or German, for that matter). But the surname is supposed to be his LNAB ("last name at birth"). From the FamilySearch sources that I see, he appears to have been born with the surname "Kl. Becker" and changed to "Becker" later in life. The "Kl." appears to be short for "Kleine." I am not aware of any WikiTree policy about whether LNAB's should or shouldn't be abbreviated. Personally, I would think that having them un-abbreviated would seem most proper. But I can see it being arguable and would not be too upset at the profile manager for taking the opposing viewpoint.

  • "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NLTM-2TY : 28 November 2014), Carl Friedrich Kl. Becker, 23 May 1824; citing ; FHL microfilm 473,528.
  • "Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ND8T-T52 : 26 December 2014), Carl Friedrich Becker and Anne Marie Louise Kleine, 11 Jul 1852; citing Schnathorst, Westfalen, Preu├čen, Germany; FHL microfilm 473,532.

Should I go ahead and connect John as his son? Why wasn't John a profile already, since all of his siblings and his wife's siblings are already here?

If you have sources/documentation connecting John to his father then it would be proper for you to add him as the son. You might be questioned by the father's profile manager, so make sure that you cite to your sources in John's profile.

It is not my place to guess at why he doesn't already have a profile. The possible reasons are myriad.

I don't know how to work on fixing it with my current technical difficulties.

Your ancestors aren't going anywhere. Nor is WikiTree. Everything is going to be alright :-) You can message the profile managers, letting them know that you have technical difficulties, and requesting that they make the changes you'd like to see. Or you can wait until the technical difficulties are resolved and make things better then.

by Anonymous Pease G2G6 (9.3k points)
Haha, thank you for reminding me they aren't going anywhere, that gave me a giggle and made me relax about it. The profile manager has been very nice. He has promptly put me on every trusted list I've requested, and has merged duplicates I've spotted. I've probably been pestering him significantly with my collaborative enthusiasm.

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