Suggested profiles

+10 votes

This is just ONE example. When entering a sibling profile for Eliza (Wilder) Waters born 20 Mar 1804 I get as suggestions (1) Eliza Waters b 1805, (2) Eliza E. (Tate) Waters 1805, and (3) Eliza Baldwin (Waters) Giddens. As Wilder was the maiden name then options 3 and 3 are obviously superfluous.  Can the parameters of this "search" be revised to correctly search for an individual's maiden name or am I missing something here.  This is not the first time this has happened, it is the first time that I have chosen to act.

First Name at Birth: Eliza, Last Name at Birth: Wilder, Current/Married Last Name: Waters .

asked in WikiTree Help by Patricia Tidwell G2G3 (3.7k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Hi Patricia,

Improvements to suggested profiles is already on the to-do list :)

1 Answer

+1 vote
The name search algorithm in WikiTree isn't nearly as smart about this stuff as a human -- it can't make informed judgments, so it simply tosses up a list of possible matches for a human to evaluate. In your example, I think it looked for anybody with the name Eliza in a first name or middle name field (but it doesn't look for Elizabeth), coupled with a name of Waters or Wilder (or variant spelling) in any last name field, born between 1802 and 1806. Because (for a variety of reasons) some profiles have been created with married names in the LNAB field, it's helpful for the algorithm to check all of the last name fields. When the algorithm suggests people that are obviously not a match, we can -- and should -- simply ignore those suggestions.
answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (834k points)
I guess what I am asking is for a modification to the "search algorithm".  Is this not possible?

At times I have resorted to opening up a new tab , so I can do a search independently.  Especially, when the results number exceeds the number displayed, and I know there are more closely aligned profiles out there.

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