What is the policy about similar names - such as Landis, Landes - when it is obvious they are the same person?

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What is the policy when two profiles have similar names - Landis and Landers (or sometimes Landes in other cases)- but it is obvious they are the same person? How is that noted or listed if profiles are merged?

 

Thank you!
in The Tree House by Pam Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)

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Hi Pamela, You need to determine which name is the correct Last Name At Birth (LNAB). That is the one you use on the profile as LNAB. If the person later changed the spelling of the name, use the one the person died with as the Current Last Name. Put other names that were used for the person in Other Last Names. It is helpful if you mention/discuss the name variants in the Biography so others will know why you chose the LNAB.
by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
Thank you Vic! I guess I approach the other profile manager with some evidence and we agree together what to do??? :)

Pam
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Hi Pamela,

I'm now running in to this problem (as I go further back).  I found this:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Name_Fields#When_conventions_changed_during_a_person.27s_lifetime

Which states:

The Proper First Name and Last Name at Birth fields should be the names they were born with, in their native language.

The Preferred First Name and Current Last Name should be the names they used at the end of their life.

So, the LNAB should be the name they were born with, and not the name they died with.  I had been using the name they died with so I need to make some corrections.

Hope this helps, 

Tamara

EDIT: just seen your comment.  Suggest using baptism/birth evidence if you have it.

by anonymous G2G6 (6.2k points)

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