I have a couple of questions regarding naming to accurately enter data. I would appreciate any help.
1. What is the proper naming convention for ancestors who Americanized their names? Example: I have an ancestor who's birth name is Krystyan Franciszek Fenske. He changed his name to Christian Francis Fenske. I have entered his birth name as the main name. Do I then simply add Christian Francis Fenske as an alternate name, or add it as an "Also Know As" fact?
2. I'm currently using Also Know As facts for nicknames. Example: Odelia Vetsch, aka Tillie. In Family Tree Maker 2012, I checked the box "Use AKA if available after the middle name", but this only shows up in the index as: Odelia "Tillie" Vetsch. Is there a way to have her name show like this once a tree is synced online?
3. I have a Herman Alexander Fenske. All of his American records list his name as Alex H Fenske. Do I add this as an alternate name, as well?
4. Last one... I also have an Elsabeth Christina Margaretha Neilson. All of her records list her name as Christina M., including her headstone. Do I add Christina as a nickname/aka, or Christina M. Neilson as an alternate name?
I hope all of that made sense. It's beginning to get a little confusing - even for me. :)
Thanks for your advice,