GEDcom import glitch - Last Name At Birth is clearly wrong

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While looking at profiles related to me, I found a record where the Last Name At Birth is clearly the wrong one.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Eleanor-98

Her last name should be Tong, but after an apparent GEDcom glitch, her first name imported as her last name. So her Last Name At Birth is Eleanor.

As a short term fix, I changed her current last name to Tong.  

I posted on the profile, and I asked to join the trusted list. But no response so far. Is there a way to get it fixed?
WikiTree profile: Nelly Washburn
in WikiTree Help by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (31.8k points)

A private message to the profile manager might get you a more speedy response, although the manager has not been active for eight months. When not responding you should follow the Unresponsive Profile Managers procedure.

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Hello Jessica & Pip!

Even though that profile is an Open profile, you would have to be on the Trusted List and become the Profile Manager to make the change.  

To make the change, you go into the edit function and where the name field is Last Name at Birth lists Eleanor; if you have Trusted List and are the Profile Manager, it will have a [edit] button right after it.  It would take you to another page that allows you to correct the last name at birth.

I just went in and changed the names in the Current Last Name and Other Last Names to reflect the sequence of her last names.  Take a look and see what I did.

If you are interested in fixing this one, go ahead and do a Trusted List request and ask to become a Profile Manager as well and get it completed!  Hope this helps both of you, if not, let me know!
by Cindy Lesure G2G6 Pilot (112k points)
selected by Jessica Hammond
Thanks! As I was doing laundry after I posted this, I was thinking, "You know, I probably should have changed her Current Last Name to her married name, and listed Tong as an Other Last Name instead."

But you did it for me. :-)
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That’s a really good question, Jessica. I tried to “fix” another open profile, but couldn’t change the last name at birth either. Let’s hope we find an equally good answer by more experienced folks than I am.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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1) It was not a GEDCOM glitch, when you import the data from a GEDCOM you have the opportunity to edit fields.   The person doing the import just did it incorrectly.

2) Only a person on the trusted list can change the LNAB on a profile.

See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Correcting_a_Last_Name_at_Birth
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (707k points)

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