Did you see the birth and death dates in activity feeds?

+42 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

I'm proud to announce a little improvement to our activity feeds. This is something that has been requested by many of you.

Change summaries now include longer versions of names with birth and death dates.

For example, where yesterday you would have seen this:

Becky (Nally) Syphers edited the Birth Date for May (Storrs) Bartlett.

Today you would see this:

Becky (Nally) Syphers edited the Birth Date for Ada May (Storrs) Bartlett (1885-1959).

To see this in action, see your Contributions page or the Recent Changes feed for all of WikiTree.

This change only applies to Public and Open profiles. For member account profiles and other private profiles we are still using the "Short Name." (For more explanation of the various name displays see Help:Name_Displays or click on any profile's "Name Displays" link in the pull-down menu that starts with their WikiTree ID.)

There is one thing about this change that may cause confusion. The name and date will always appear in the activity feed item as they are now, not as they were at the time of the change. For example, if  someone else comes along and changes the birth date on Storrs-2 after Becky in the example above, all the past history items would have the new birth date and someone might think that this is the date that Becky entered.

Experienced members know that you can see the details of the date changes if you click on "edited the Birth Date" but some Newts might think the date they see in the summary is what was changed.

If you spot any bugs or have questions, post here. Thanks!

Onward and upward,


in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
That's super, very helpful, particularly for all the Marys and Johns in the family  Thank you for thinking it through so carefully!

Thanks Chris ,and all who work on improvements, much appreciated .yes

6 Answers

+10 votes
This is terrific! Thanks!
by Robert Hvitfeldt G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
+9 votes
Well done, Chris and team!!! This will help to identify who is being worked on in the activity feed.

Most appreciated!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
+7 votes

Thanks for the improvement. You guys are the best! heart

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+7 votes
Thanks so much!  Until you have been in this for a while you have no idea how many share the same name - dates are so important!!!
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
+6 votes
Very cool! I saw this in the feed and at first thought that someone had added the dates to the person's surname, but I quickly figured out what it was ;-).
by Sharon Casteel G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+5 votes
The best change in a while--a great time saver! Thanks so much Chris!
by Marj Adams G2G6 Mach 3 (37.5k points)

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