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Alternate Names

Posted: 22 Feb 2013 9:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Feb 2013 3:51AM GMT
I know I CAN put this in NAME field and choose a preferred name; and I know I can use aka where needed.

But suppose I want to keep the NAME field clear for ONLY the preferred name but I still want to keep track of other possible names for a person. [For instance a PAF file allows only one name for a person, and my initial tree came from my mother's PAF file.]

Should I make a custom field for that, or just put it in a note for the name fact. I don't mind having a lot of information in my notes.

Sorry.. ftm 2012.

And I expect this has been answered but the search on this message board isn't very good.

Re: Alternate Names

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 4:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
I would create a custom fact something like "alternative name"

John D

Re: Alternate Names

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 5:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
thanks..

Re: Alternate Names

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 4:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Feb 2013 4:31PM GMT
Some options. There may be more

1) Continue to let FTM databases post name variations to the name fact, but mark them private after merging. (Select the name fact, right-click, private).

2) You can always make a name disappear in a merge (by using the discard option), but if you do that, you would normally also uncheck "Post the source anyway" box if the name doesn't agree with your primary.

3) You can keep the source for the name variation and put the spelling variation in the source citation - text box.

4) Keep running track of names and spellings used over a lifetime in notes under heading "NAME", then list birth name, first census name, 2nd census name, etc.

Over the years, I have used variations of all of the above, but have finally ended up just letting the name and all variations flow though merges from ancestry databases. I now have a complete running history of all names used by a person in a lifetime that way. I have found that comprehensive list is the best way to evaluate what name to use as preferred after you have found most records. You can right click - Merge facts to merge identical names. This is particularly handy for merging exact duplicates of married names of women.


Re: Alternate Names

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 5:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Why, thank you. I really like number 4.
I have done the merge but I lost some variations that way.. so this in combo with 4 sounds really good.

I'm glad I asked!

Re: Alternate Names

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 11:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Silverfox comment

"but have finally ended up just letting the name and all variations flow though merges from ancestry databases. I now have a complete running history of all names used by a person in a lifetime that way. I have found that comprehensive list is the best way to evaluate what name to use as preferred after you have found most records. You can right click - Merge facts to merge identical names. This is particularly handy for merging exact duplicates of married names of women"

This is essentially what I do, except I never merge the names even if they read exactly the same

I never merge them, because I have different sources for each of the same names. And if I don't merge them I know EXACTLY which source each same name came from and I end up with a list of all names and knowing exactly which source that name came from

I do this also for any and all facts, regardless of whether they are name or death dates/places, etc etc
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