Having trouble finding people in my watch list!

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I am having trouble finding people on my watch list because of the way they are filed.

Individuals have married, but the name on their profile hasn't been changed to include the married name, which would place them in the correct place in the list.

Guess I have some work to do!  I am working on the Dryer's family in addition to the Fritz study.

Thank you

Taylor
in The Tree House by Taylor Worthington Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 8 (83.3k points)

2 Answers

+4 votes
One of my pet peeves is people not adding married surnames (where, of course, the woman actually takes her husband's name; I know it doesn't happen everywhere).

One of my favourite things to do is to correct this - but first, I stop and make sure I am in the right century/country where this was done. I love to think of those extra lists they will now appear on!
by Anonymous Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
The problem with "correcting" this Ros is that actual genealogy professionals frown on using the woman's married name. In fact in the classes I am taking we are told to never add the woman's married name.

I am only doing this so that it fits in with WikiTree's way of doing things.  I agree, you should  only refer to a woman by her maiden name - but, since WikiTree does it as FirstName (MaidenName) MarriedName - and that way it works on plenty of WT lists - then that's the way I do it on WikiTree. In my personal database at home I never do it.

There are very good reasons for including the married names that a woman used in addition to her LNAB. Example:

Deborah Palmer married, in succession, men named Jones, Champion, Crane, and Towner (and survived all four husbands). Each marriage occurred in a different town, and since her birth family was not known (and her previous husbands might not have been known) in the places where the last 3 marriages occurred, the records for those marriages did not identify her by any name other than her previous married name. It took skillful research by two different highly regarded genealogists to piece together her entire marital history (and for all we know, it's possible that she married again at age 84, after the death of husband #4). I think it's really important to have all of her married names in the profile data fields so she can be found by searching.

Abigail Flagg, whose successive married names were Cutting, Wood, and Whitney, is another female ancestor of mine who would be elusive if we didn't record all of her married names. (But I managed to piece together Abigail's marital history without the kinds of resources that it took to assemble the life of Deborah Palmer.)

Ellen, the fact remains that it is a WikiTree practice that the professionals do not follow and it is one of the reasons that WikiTree is not recommended in the classes.
I agree that we have to show the flow from one married name to another otherwise we will loose the women somewhere and not be able to locate her.

The string of a women's names starting with her maiden name and then adding each married name are like bread crumbs.  As long as we keep adding bread crumbs we will never loose the woman.

Years ago people married a lot more often than they currently do and we must keep track of all the names for a women.

Thank you all for responding to my question.

Taylor
+3 votes
Taylor, sometimes on the profiles for woman there is an actual problem finding good sources for the use of a married name. I just created a profile for a woman who died in 1803 and I have found no sources for her that have anything other than her LNAB except for an unsourced FAG memorial that does not even have a gravestone picture, so did she take and use her husbands surname, I have no idea. I did find records for the birth of her children and they all listed her by her LNAB and these are the basis for her profile on here. It would be easy to add her husband's surname to her profile but it might not be accurate or even worthwhile to do so because even when running searches using that name i can find no records.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Dale,

Thank you for bringing this unusual situation to our attention.  I appreciate it.

Taylor

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