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Pro Genealogy Naming Conventions?

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Pro Genealogy Naming Conventions?

Posted: 26 Apr 2013 12:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fenske
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,
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
lauriemrgn 26 Apr 2013 6:05PM GMT 
silverfox3280 28 Apr 2013 6:55AM GMT 
David Abernat... 28 Apr 2013 4:18PM GMT 
kj_norway 28 Apr 2013 10:25PM GMT 
kj_norway 28 Apr 2013 10:41PM GMT 
silverfox3280 29 Apr 2013 3:18AM GMT 
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