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What is the proper way to enter a title such as Captain into Family Tree Maker?

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Re: What is the proper way to enter a title such as Captain?

Posted: 28 May 2013 5:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 May 2013 5:24PM GMT

I think we MUST be careful what is added to a name.

Examples - in my family, several men had the given name of "Doctor" or "Dock." A copier/clickologist gave them all an MD suffix. I have a cousin whose given name IS Captain.

As you might guess from my username, one of my direct lines is the Burgess family. In an early twig, one of my ancestors was an elected Burgess (title, not name). Many trees list him as Burgess Larkin Chew (given name, middle name, surname), while his name IS Larkin Chew (given name, surname). Do you know what that does to hints for my Burgess line?

The OP suggested (Captain) or "Captain" - the first would make it appear that Captain was the maiden name; the second, a nickname.

I could possibly see using the suffix box for a title that does not change over time - for example, a minister would still be a Reverend. But military ranks change over time, as do most other occupational titles.

In the south, after the Civil War, many men of status were called "Colonel," while having only served as privates in grey.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Peggy Deras 23 May 2013 6:36PM GMT 
Hopeful_Helpe... 24 May 2013 12:52PM GMT 
Peggy Deras 24 May 2013 5:41PM GMT 
Hopeful_Helpe... 28 May 2013 2:16PM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 28 May 2013 7:40PM GMT 
kj_norway 28 May 2013 9:03PM GMT 
barbarajfn 28 May 2013 11:09PM GMT 
Peggy Deras 28 May 2013 11:17PM GMT 
barbarajfn 29 May 2013 2:28AM GMT 
BurgessDonnel... 28 May 2013 11:18PM GMT 
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