Spelling mistake continually shows up

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I recently created a new interest group (http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Van_der_Walt_family_tree_interest_grouup). As you may have noticed, the initial group name contained a spelling error. I have changed the name (corrected the mistake), but the spelling error is still replicated, e.g. when I added a photo, the jpg was renamed as Image:Van der Walt family tree interest grouup.jpg.


How can I change this without deleting the interest group and creating a new one?

in WikiTree Tech by Wynand van der Walt G2G6 (7.8k points)

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The title on the picture will retain the spelling mistake unless you delete and reupload it. I have re-titled it "shield" because it is neither a crest nor coat of arms, let alone a family crest. There is no such thing - armorial bearings belong to one individual only until death.
by Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
selected by Mary Hammond
Dear Sir Arbuthnot,

Thank you for the feedback. It is much appreciated and as allows an opportunity to learn.

Best regards,


Sir William,

I believe your comment that it is not a coat of arms is based upon the norms of English heraldic tradition as upheld by the College of Arms; the image of the familiewapen that Wynand provided is (I believe) registered under South African Heraldic Law.

Very roughly-speaking South African laws of heraldry (within my admittedly limited understanding) consider any symbolic representation, displayed in colours, on a shield, to be a coat of arms. If it is not displayed on a shield then it is a badge or other emblem.

I am sure Wynand could speak more fully, but the picture he posted appears to be  registered in the name of an organization - the van der Walt Bond - and may be used by anyone in the world of the surname van der Walt (for non-commercial purposes).

For an English title I might call it the  "Coat of Arms of the van der Walt Family Association"; it is de facto a Family Coat of Arms even though it might not be de jure.

It is quite common to have a famlie wapen in European contries, this would translate as family shield, some may have been granted by a King or Duke in one of the many conflicts but most were just adopted by the families, more as a logo or trade mark. Ours is so boring I have not bothered to add it to wikitree yet.

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