Thoughts on getting twins in correct order?

+5 votes
Does anybody have any thoughts as to how to place twins in their birth order? The default setting appears to be alphabetical, which is probably the last thing on parents' minds when faced with multiple births.  I've linked an example, Arthur is the older twin.  Appreciating your thoughts in advance.
WikiTree profile: Arthur Barltrop
in WikiTree Help by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith
Is he older than Alfred? You may need to check the bio.
Well there's a question I never thought to ask.  How do the parents of twins decide which name to give to which?

And do they ever change their minds later?  Who'd know?
Have fixed the bio, thanks Fiona.  Nevertheless, that was irrelevant to the question.  Most twins that I have come across during my life pride themselves on their birth order, whether ten seconds or ten minutes older than their sibling.  But we have no way to place multiples in their birth order it seems.

3 Answers

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Best answer
While there may not be a way to list birth order for twins, you can "sticker" them to show they are twins; put this below the ==Biography== line:

{{Multiple Births|2}}

Just put this on both twins.

If you change the number 2 to 3 or more, that covers triplets, etc.
by Sheryl Moore G2G6 Mach 9 (92.5k points)
selected by Kenneth Evans
Thank you, Sheryl.  What a great idea.  I had not thought of an option down that road.
Thank you for the Star!  That sticker is a hidden gem - glad I could  help.

Really, birth order for twins could be done, of course, but it would involve creating a new feature in the software. Probably, that's not a big priority right now.
+7 votes
With the ages of twins differing, sometimes, by only minutes, there is no way the system could put them in the correct order. Alphabetical is about the only way it can show them.

The only way, is as you have done, is to make note of it in the bio. But as Fiona says, please check, as you have Arthur as the second son, when he is the third, and Alfred as the third, when he is the fourth.
by Dave Welburn G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
+2 votes
One thing that came to mind is to put them in 'change' order ... ie the last one with an edit change goes last ... not perfect but it does give more control than alphabetical.
by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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