Maiden names

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Hey.

What's the policy when it comes to making profiles for ladies? I ask because I have to do a ton of merges now because the profiles didn't show up when I went to make a profile. For example...

I made this profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Jackson-24561

But, i didn't see this one: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Jackson-12900

The problem is that a lot of the ladies have the parentheses for the maiden names in the url. They don't show up when a profile is being made. Wouldn't it make sense to have them be the maiden name in the url?

Searching didn't find them. I hope the other profile managers can merge the profiles soon. If not, I can link them here and someone can help me out.
WikiTree profile: Tamsen Dore
in Policy and Style by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (465k points)

4 Answers

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Best answer

The general policy, regardless of gender, is to create a profile using the individual's Last Name at Birth.

The Current Last Name field is then used to add the married surname to a married woman's profile. However, sometimes this practice is in conflict with the naming conventions for the individual's time period or location. In such cases, the married surname may have been placed in the Other Last Names field or omitted since it was never the person's last name.

Since different styles may have been followed, matches are sometimes overlooked in searches. Other factors affect searches, too, such as date and location variations.

Sometimes it is just a "hit or miss" exercise; we all (presumption) eventually learn to live with it!!

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (222k points)
selected by Chris Ferraiolo
I gotcha. It seems like I missed a lot today. XD Here's hoping the merges go smoothly.
+9 votes
This has happened to me several times, especially yesterday. I just go with the flow when the profiles are found and add the info before clicking the merge button. It all seems to work out! None of us is perfect and not everyone knows all the names of a deceased person. We just all hope for a clean tree do the best we can!!
by Debbie Parsons G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
Yeah. I usually go with the flow, too. What's funny is that a misspelled name can mean the difference between a connection or not. I have a merge for Phillip and Philip Dore. Both are correct spellings. I picked Phillip as that was what it said on the record. The info is the same.

And ya no one's perfect. Just annoying when it happens. I hope the other profile managers are active.
+4 votes
The more information on a profile, the easier it is to match up.

One profile does not include present last name, and the dates of birth are 5 years different.

I don't know the amount of difference in dates the autosearch takes into consideration, but it may be that or the lack of present last name or just plain human error.  There are always ways to resolve these things :)
by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
Right. I was going by the source I have. The history of the Dore family. It is possible someone doesnt have the right info. They are still the same person, though.
+4 votes
Lots of women do NOT take a mans name when getting married, and lots did not back a long time ago either - now for searching I would urge it maybe as an other last name, but really only if she used it.  New Netherland ladies mostly did not, ladies coming into Quebec did not.  There are more groups that did not so don't assume she did, search and find documentation before adding as current last name PLEASE
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
Wow. I don't even remember posting this thread! XD

What hole did you dug this out of?

I get what you are saying. Don't worry about it. In the two years since this thread was posted, I learned a lot. Italian women also kept their maiden names. So did Spanish women. Don't worry 'bout it.
It just popped up I think!  Yes you are trustworthy that way, but I have to put it here for those who don't know
Okay. Sounds good!

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