Guide: Manage Surnames You Research

1.) Visit the Manage Surnames You Research page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Your Ancestorian → Manage Surnames you Research

Like on nearly all listing pages on Ancestorian, you can use the 'Filter results' box or click on column headers to sort the table to suit your needs.

The table shows the Surname (linked to surname page), how many times it is mentioned in your research (if it came from a GEDCOM import), details of GEDCOMs  it appeared in, a toggle to make public/private and a button to remove it from your researched surnames list.

2.) Make a Researched Surname public

If you click on the currently grey toggle next to a surname, you can make the surname public or private.

When a surname is private (grey) only you know that you are researching the surname or have expertise and knowledge of that name.

If you want to allow others to find and contact you based on this surname, click the toggle and it will go blue and therefore, public.

3.) Make all visible surnames public or private

If you want to make all of the surnames that are showing in the current list view public, you can use the toggle above the table to do this. You may have to click twice, first to make all private then again to make all public.

This is especially helpful if you have used the list filtering and sorting options.

Here, we have made all private.

4.) Remove a surname from your research interests

If you no longer want to be connected to a surname, just click the red 'remove' button next to the surname.

This removes the surname from  your research interests but, naturally, leaves the surname in Ancestorian so that others using it or researching the name can continue to do so.

Notice that in comparison to the previous image, the McKenzie surname has been removed.

No surname or place on Ancestorian is unique to you. All places and surnames are shared with the whole site... you are merely able to link yourself to them as a researcher. Don't ever be concerned that removing a place or surname somehow deletes it from Ancestorian altogether.