how to add a searchable extra first name

+3 votes
I recently found out that the first name used in this country may not be the correct form and that a Jacob should be Kobas however in this country it shows on all his documents as Jacob.  What I want to know is where to put the alternate first name that will be searchable for people from countries other than the United States. When I put it in the nickname field it is not searchable and doesn't display on a Willemssen list.
WikiTree profile: Jacob Willemssen
in Policy and Style by Kathy Wright G2G6 Mach 1 (10.2k points)

1 Answer

+4 votes

There have been several suggestions made to improve the wikitree name search engine. However, pending software changes to do that -

The wikitree guidance for the Proper First Name, Preferred Name and Nickname fields:

may provide some help. Note that the Proper First Name field is intended to be a documented name, including the possibility that the name was officially changed during their lifetime.

I appreciate your desire to help others find the profile, but the wikitree guidelines should take preference.

Additionally, give the google search engine a few days to pick up your changes, and then try googling "wikitree kobas willemssen" That may provide an alternate means to help others find alternate spellings.

by Bruce Veazie G2G6 Mach 6 (63.4k points)

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