A thank you to whoever is working on the MNU last names

+10 votes
I was checking the merge activity feed on my Ranger shift and noticed a few merges from MNU to unknown by several different people. There was mention of the profile managers receiving an email asking that the last name at birth be changed to Unknown instead of the MNU that was on the profiles.

Why does this make a difference. It helps collect all the profiles with unknown last name at birth in one place making it easier for those who are trying to find actual names for these profiles.

Good work whoever has sent the emails and thank you for those that responded and changed the last name at births.
in Appreciation by Darren Kellett G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
There is a lot of us working on identifying individuals with incorrect LNAB whether they are listed as just "Unknown" or the hidden unknowns. I have been working on the hidden ones since last winter. By hidden I mean those entered incorrectly. This can occur if the LNAB was unknown and either the first or middle name or initial was placed in the LNAB part of the form instead of it's proper part of the form. A lot of these were from GEDCOM submissions. There are also a lot of them with little information to help identify the correct individual. I am currently working on orphaned profiles with the incorrect LNAB of Ann because it is easier to change the orphaned profiles to the correct LNAB if it is found.

I believe that the general consensus is that the LNAB be changed to Unknown if the true LNAB cannot be found. This allows the rest of the project members to be able to locate the profiles needing research faster. Ideally a listing of research that has been performed on an individual should also be included with proper source citations for both negative and positive results to help eliminate duplicate work.

1 Answer

+2 votes

If someone would like to help with this, just making a comment on the profile in question and requesting that the name be changed to "Unknown" will generate an email to the PM. Many hands make light work. wink

Be sure to include a link to the help page for correcting the LNAB!

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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