Same lineage different names.

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How do you handle people from the same lineage but with differently written surnames? What do you do when two profiles match, but the surnames are written differently? Do you have to choose which you want to keep?

Is there a trick you can use to find matches, even when names are written differently?

The names are Arzoni and Arcioni.

But the same problems exists with other lineages like, Savoie/Savoy/etc.
in WikiTree Tech by Rob Arzoni G2G4 (4.7k points)
As LNAB, the name as spelled on the document sourcing the information of birth/parentage, then the other spellings in the slot for other last names. A note in the bio section explaining your choices and the differences
When you type a name , for example Claude Savoy, into the search bars, a list comes up with surname variations. Click on "birthdate" above the list, and it rearranges by year. Compare the profiles of the  Claude's with the same year but different spellings for the same  parents, children, wife etc.

3 Answers

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There seems to be some generally accepted "modern" family name that gets applied to all the ancestors.  For example, my family name is Poirier, but throughout my ancestors, I came across Poirié, Poitier, and many other variations.  They seem to all be listed under Poirier on Wiki Tree but there is always a reference to the actual name on the record.

Savoye, Savoie are typically normalized under Savoie.  If you ever have doubt about a specific name, do a quick search for ancestors using the different variations and see which one is the most popular or ask in the G2G forum.

Remember that not everybody will follow the same rules, so the most important part is to always refer to the actual names on the record somewhere in the biography or within the information section of the record.

Happy WikiTreeing!
by Dave Poirier G2G6 (9.3k points)
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Thank you Eddy and Dave. You're very helpfull.

Rob
by Rob Arzoni G2G4 (4.7k points)
+1 vote

Interesting choice to bring in Savoie into this discussion. We aim to use the names that people themselves would have known and that would have been recognized in their own time and place. (from Help:Name Fields) Seems like this is a particularly pertinent example why "normalization" of family names clashes with our "official" aspirations. In Francoprovençal it would be Savouè, which I would use during the Holy Roman Empire times, in French Savoie, and finally in Italian Savoia, certainly never Savoy for the noble family like we do for their LNAB here on WikiTree.

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (547k points)
Thanks Helmut.

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