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How to handle name changes in records?

Is there a standard for how to write a person's name in genealogy records or family trees? What I'm getting at is what to do with the maiden names, or previous names. If Peter Svensson was born 1900, ...
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Searching databases for ancestors with aliases?

I have a probable ancestor about whom I know very little, except for the fact that he used an alias and he is mentioned in his father-in-law's will. The two names are quite common - something along ...
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Why do people use a different first name to their given name?

I have a number of people on my family tree that did/do use a different first name than the one they were given at birth. In some cases, they have used their middle name as their first name, in ...
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Adding adoptive grandfather's surname in Texas, USA?

My husband's grandmother married a man who adopted her son, but he kept his original surname. Due to family issues, my husband was raised most of his life by his adoptive grandfather. He is ...
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How to Audibly “Hear” the pronunciation of a text name or pronunciation coding?

I am trying to determine how a name 'might' sounded based on text values how a name is pronounced audibly. I am aware of SoundEx and this calculator for it, the improved MetaPhone, Double Metaphone, ...
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Did Edward Buten change his name from Edward Bulen?

For several years I have hit a dead end with one branch of my family tree. My Great Grandfather Edward Buten married by Great Grandmother Elizabeth Mary Ann Dunnington in 1893 at the Islington ...
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Finding birth-name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

My grandfather was born in Ohio in 1909. He was said to have changed his name at the age of 17 and left home. I know he had siblings, but not the names of any of his family. How would I find out ...
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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

My great, great grandfather's American name was Steve Voiten. I know his Polish given name was Stanislaw, but our family records say Woytinkewicz as a last name. I can't find any evidence of that ...
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Did 19th century English women sometimes change the first name they used?

I have some confusing, conflicting sources that suggest that the one woman went by two different names. They relate to the parents of Cyril Albert Victor House, born in 1897. His christening record ...
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Could 'Annie' be a Pseudonym for Augusta

There is a branch of my paternal grandmother's family that I am currently trying to document. I have a copy of her grandfather's (my great grandfather) birth certificate. I apologise for that ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

One of the people I am researching appears to have changed her name: in the 1915 NYC census she appears as Reva Osernoff, living with the Axel family: Similarly in the 1920 federal and 1930 ...