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We start with a very simple statement: Facts can not be subject to copyright Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed What that means is that, however you discover it, the date your ancestor applied for naturalisation (indeed, the very fact that they did so) ...


What you do comes down to personal preference but I think it would be better to write your sentence like this: John Smith was the son of Robert (1702-1758) and Jane (née Baker; 1705-1750) Smith. The word "née" just means "born".


I find the bare name, e.g. "Baker", a bit jarring as its presence is unexpected and sometimes could be taken as something else, such as an occupation. Using "née", "maiden name", or perhaps "born", can help smooth this over. An alternative I often use is this: John Smith was the son of Jane Baker (1705-1750) and Robert Smith (1702-1758).


I normally record all my information like this: John Smith Father: Robert Smith, born 1702, died 1758 Mother: Jane (Baker) Smith, born 1705, died 1750. I put the birth/maiden name in parenthesis. Nothing is in italics. You might want to use bold for the surnames. Doing it this way allows for additional information, e.g. the place they were born or died,...


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More recent analysis is in The Great Migration, volume IV. Robert Charles Anderson there gives a good summary of the evidence, too lengthy to repeat here (a 5-page entry for Thomas Joslin). But he does conclude that his father was Ralph.

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