Questions tagged [naming-convention]

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When documenting location, should current or historical place names be used?

When I am documenting records, do I use the name of a city or country as it is called today or as it was in the year an ancestor was there? Related to: When documenting place names, should I write ...
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

As in my other questions, I am investigating the spread of the Blackstone family name in early America. I came across the following tidbits and I would like to know if my interpretation is (likely to ...
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How do I record names involving adoptions in a family tree?

My grandfather's second wife had three children from her previous marriage. After they married, my grandfather legally adopted her children, which changed their last names. When I record the ...
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When documenting location, should my or their native language be used for place names?

When I'm documenting the place where an event occurred, should I write the name in my own language or in the native language of the place? For example: Spain or España I am assuming that I can only ...
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With generations of multiple marriages and step children, how is this family relationship described? [duplicate]

I'm not sure is this is the right SE to ask but I'll ask non the less. I'm trying to define a family relationship. I think the person is my step step first cousin once removed. My my Grand-Father is ...
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How do I deal with alternative spellings to names?

I am trying to find out information for an Arzula Hokum and am running head-first into issues with her name. Her first name sounds like Ursula and her last like some variant of Holcomb(e). How do I ...
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Recording name for infant who died unnamed?

Going back in my genealogy, I find children who died in infancy. Some were given names, some weren't. How should I record those with no given names? Often there were multiple unnamed children in a ...
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How should I distinguish siblings named identically?

At times when infant mortality was high, families might give a child the same name as a deceased brother or sister. For example Aurelius and Ann MEDWELL had two daughters named Cornelia. They were ...
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Is there a way to store data in software programs that will minimize losses when exporting to GEDCOM?

I am looking to circumvent a possible problem when I start to share my information with relatives. I see that while GEDCOM is supported to some fashion by most programs, there are shortfalls in each. ...
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Which name should be a person's primary name?

People can have many different names over time. Examine the example of a woman who immigrated to the US from an Eastern European country. She could have three names over time: Katerina Jurkiewicz (...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Anyone who has done genealogical research on England in the 17th through 19th centuries will have noticed it: a parade of Johns, Williams and Thomases, accompanied by Marys, Elizabeths and Annes. ...
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Is it proper to record the place name “United States of America” or “USA” as part of a historical event that pre-dates 1776? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use the modern (what it is called now) or historical (what it was called) place name? I use Family Tree Maker which always tries to get me to accept "USA" in a place ...