Advice before editing this pre-1700 De La Haye profile?

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WikiTree profile: Pierre De La Haye
in Policy and Style by Dan Sparkman G2G6 Mach 2 (21.3k points)

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Dan, in taking a quick look at the profile it appears that nothing currently on the profile in terms of dates, places, or even the name is documented by primary source documentation. It also appears everything linked from the profile lacks primary source documentation. In looking at the attached daughter, I see a notation I think you have added that the attached parents (the profile in question) have a 'remote chance of being the parents' and that even the surname is questioned.

Since you are pre-1700 certified and this profile is not project protected, if you have primary source documentation for name, dates, and/or locations I would add it along with the complete citation and a link to where that data resides. Because there seems to be so much confusion, giving full and complete citation details will help others researching this person.

Lastly, be wary of information at the two Huguenot society websites. I found information there on a person in Maryland in the same time period that seemed suspect (because it led to minor nobles with some dating that was a stretch). When pinned down (which took the second or third question), the society correspondent admitted that the information on their site, at least for that person, was user submitted ancestry from society membership applications and they had no factual basis for the information.

I've read elsewhere in WikiTree g2g by persons more knowledgeable than I that the changing of a surname is actually rare and did not occur on any regular basis. A spelling change might be more common but an actual change of name raises red flags for me. In my personal ancestry I have yet to find the assertion that occurred to be factual. Hope this all helps a bit.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (156k points)

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