Surnames in biblical ancestry?

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I have a long way to go before I get anywhere near merging all the profiles in my watchlist as they need to be merged. One place I haven't touched is the theoretical lines my sister linked to biblical genealogy. Now, I know this area is contested by many because sources are so scarce. Do I personally believe that I am descended from Adam and Eve? Yes. Do I think that I can actually prove this? No. I wouldn't even know where to start. I do know that many religions make it a priority to try to, though, and discounting the time they put into publishing those lines seems unfair.

Has anyone discussed how we want to approach this on wikitree? How do we approach surnames, one of the main ways of tracking lines? I do pretty well with more modern family lines, but those that get into ancient territory I find sticky, yet my need for tidiness makes me want to start cleaning them up a bit. Looking at Hebrew genealogy sites didn't get me too far, as they simply list those given names, with no indication of surnames until they were forced to start using them in more modern times. Even if the Adam and Eve connection is somewhat sketchy, we still have trackable lines for those with a Jewish heritage, through the lines of King David, which are better documented.

Thoughts? It seems like a discussion should be started on how to approach these profiles.
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in Genealogy Help by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (596k points)

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Hi Abby,

This has come up. The conclusion we came to is to keep WikiTree for people born after the year zero, i.e. the last 2012 years.

Our database actually can't handle BC dates, and there are just many other things that are different about this sort of genealogy. I think it's better handled elsewhere.


by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Abby Glann
What should I do with those profiles, Chris? If they aren't for wikitree, it would be nice to get them off my watchlist. Do I merge them into a single profile?

Hi Abby. We really should delete them.

If you created them you'll be able to do that, if not you'll need help from Lianne or me. If you collect the list of IDs we can delete them.

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