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Posted: 23 Mar 2013 4:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
What is the accepted standard to enter names?

Terrance SEMAN or Terrance Seman

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 5:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Both. Many people use the capital letter last name only on their direct line ancestors in order to distinguish them. This becomes a little problematic [not for them of course] when others copy that person to their own tree and it isn't a direct line for them. But I've seen people with everyone with capitalized last name.

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 5:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
The most popular way is to enter in lower case (or called Mixed Case).

Most reports in FTM have an option under

Items to include > select name fact > Name options > print surnames in ALL CAPS.

So, you can keep your database in mixed case and use ALL CAPS in reports.
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Some people like to capitalize only their own ancestors surnames.

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FTM also has an option in the program at Tools > Convert Names, where you can convert all of your surnames to ALL CAPS or to Mixed Case.

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 5:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
thank you...

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
thank you...

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 7:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Both.
I do not use all caps as there are some names are not right when you do, as those that have upper case letters within the spelling.

Re: name entries

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 8:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
The GEDCOM standard suggests:
"Capitalize the name of a person or place in the conventional manner— capitalize the first letter of each part and lowercase the other letters, unless conventional usage is otherwise. For example: McMurray."
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