Changing Last names for males gives Anonymous

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I went to see about adding a source to John Wagner's profile and found out someone had but Wagner in for his Current Last Name.  When I tried to delete it, it automatically when to Anonymous,  Is this what is supposed to happen?

I sent a message to the profile manager to see if they could delete without getting Anonymous.
WikiTree profile: John Wagner
in WikiTree Help by David Dodd G2G6 Mach 1 (15.0k points)
Why did you want to delete it?
The profile manager is very active and a mentor.  I'm sure she will get back to you.
Yes, David, you could check the changes tab to see a history of the profile, which gives clues. Almost all of this family's profiles had a 4-person trusted list, all inactive members (or inactive for many years). Most of the profiles were not open privacy, had several errors (misspelled places, all caps places, etc.) It's going to take me all summer to get through them. It's best to just shoot me a quick private message if you have a question. :-) I appreciate the help though!

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I think the box cannot be left empty. If his last name was Wagner at death Wagner should be in the current last name box.
by Sara Rice G2G6 (9.9k points)
selected by Ros Haywood
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Only the profile manager can change the Last Name at Birth (LNAB).

I wouldn't change anything until sources are added.  Without sources, how do you know his name is not John Wagner?  How do you know whether it is the same person you are thinking about?
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
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This profile was one I inherited when a member passed away. Many of this former PM's profiles had LNABs in all caps. I am slowly working my way through hundreds of profiles, finding sources, changing LNAB to the correct case, etc. I was waiting on this one to find sources before changing the LNAB, but now I have gone ahead and corrected that.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (783k points)

Thank you for changing Natalie.
I think that answer's my question.  Profile Managers can change.  smiley

Yes, you have to be the PM to edit LNAB.
+1 vote

The Current Last Name field will automatically populate the surname listed in the Last Name at Birth field unless it has another surname entered when the profile is created.

by Mike Guzzetta G2G6 Mach 3 (39.7k points)

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