Tried to fix the spelling of a married name, got an extra maiden name; in correcting that, it changed it. How to fix?

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WikiTree profile: Mary Ann Dorsay
in WikiTree Help by Jennie Stein G2G1 (1.4k points)

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Jennie,

I'd like to help. First I need to know which name is which. So, the maiden name is Ryan, and the two spellings of the married name are D'orsay and Dorsay, right?

Thanks,
by Rebecca McCall G2G6 (7.8k points)
Thanks for responding, Rebecca! Yes, I was trying to change the spelling of Dorsay to D'Orsay, to match the rest of the entries, and it added "formerly Dorsay". When I tried to fix that, it changed it to "formerly Ryan".  So all I want is for her maiden name to be Ryan, her married name to be D'Orsay, and for her not to have "formerly" anything after her name!

Okay. I understand now. The maiden name is always displayed on the profile after the word formerly. So, her maiden name is currently correct if her profile says "formerly Ryan". When you edit the profile, there are three boxes for last names: Last Name At Birth (maiden name), Current/Married Last Name, and Other Last Name(s). The name that you want displayed  (D'Orsay) should be in the Current/Married Last Name box. The alternative spelling (Dorsay) should be in the Other Last Name(s) box. So, when the names are in the right boxes, her name at the top of the profile should display as "Mary Ann D'Orsay formerly Ryan aka Dorsay". For reference, here's my grandmother's profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lyons-4160

So, Mary Ann's profile is very close to correct. You could add a notes section to her profile (if you go either above or below the heading that reads "==Biography==" you can add a notes section by typing "==Notes=="), in which you make a note about the different names and their spellings. I did this with the Couey family on my mother's side (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Couey-25).

Hope this helps,

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