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Delaware Land - Given or Surname?

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Delaware Land - Given or Surname?

Posted: 6 Jun 2013 12:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Wanted to clarify how to key the following example:

Helen du Pont Gant

I know that in this project you do not have an Alias Surname field and it could be keyed several ways depending upon if information in the document identifies that du Pont was her maiden name. For argument sake, let's say the document does not indicate whether du Pont is a maiden name or a given middle name. Where would you key du Pont - after Helen in the given name field, or before Gant in the surname field? I have been keying it in the given field. While reviewing, I have come across du Pont being keyed in the surname field before Gant.

In the same example, let's say the document does indicate that du Pont was her maiden name because she is mentioned as the daughter of du Pont. It is my understanding that you would key du Pont in the surname field and drop the Gant (according to Keying Standards on how maiden names should be entered without an alias field). Most keyers are entering the maiden name in the given field after Helen and entering Gant in the surname.

Also, would how she signed her name factor into how it should be keyed?
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
DoniaF 6 Jun 2013 6:07PM GMT 
zapartmiller 6 Jun 2013 8:34PM GMT 
DoniaF 6 Jun 2013 9:04PM GMT 
katerimmer 6 Jun 2013 9:56PM GMT 
DoniaF 6 Jun 2013 10:11PM GMT 
DoniaF 7 Jun 2013 9:17PM GMT 
katerimmer 7 Jun 2013 9:58PM GMT 
DoniaF 7 Jun 2013 10:27PM GMT 
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