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How to handle name changes in records?

Name changes are just awkward, and there's no real perfect way to handle them. The general standard is to record names as they were at birth. For example, in genealogies women are usually recorded ...
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Including name change for transgender person in genealogy

The ethical way to proceed is to ask living persons their consent before adding them to a work of genealogy. Just as you wouldn't use a living person's DNA sample without explaining the purpose for ...
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Why would my grandmother's surname only be founded in 1875?

I think your apparent assumption of the etymology of "Carbarns" as a barn for cars is probably incorrect. "Car" could come from Caer, Carr, Coir, Coire, Curr, ... and "barns&...
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Why would my grandmother's surname only be founded in 1875?

From George Black's "The surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning, and history" (pub 1946) accessed on URL Hathi Trust copy, p.133 CARBARNS;. Now a very rare surname. Ninian Carbarnes, ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

It is not an uncommon occurrence in my family tree to find a person whose birth certificate contains a name they never used in their life. In my family tree, I have a set of triplets whose births were ...
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Why would my grandmother's surname only be founded in 1875?

If you look at ScotlandsPeople, you will find records of the name much further back than 1875 ( the earliest birth record they list is 1658), and that doesn't include looking for any potential ...
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Why would my grandmother's surname only be founded in 1875?

I think your assumption is plain wrong. There are people called Carbarns living in the New Monkland Workhouse in 1852. (e.g. Jean Carbarns, b. 1842). And I find this birth in Scotland's People: ...
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How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

You've done a really good job with the documents you have. Going through what you posted I came to the same conclusions. The most logical answer is that David and Jane only had one son. But all of ...
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How to handle name changes in records?

It appears there is no set standard in recording name changes. Some sites offer a special section to add an alias or alternate name, but if you're looking to print-out your family tree (like I am), ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

Ancestry's tree allows the addition of further names that are referred to as Alternate Names - an Alternate can be marked as the Primary if it is desired to swap them. That being so, I'd record each ...
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1921 Census and noting name different in Ancestry

Ancestry online trees allow the users to record multiple names. Users can display them by going to the Filter drop down menu above the Facts column on the left-hand side of the profile, and then ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

I found an Elizabeth Shown Mills post on her blog with A Dozen Conventions You Want to Know About. She says (Rule 2): "When the person used a nickname, we put that nickname in quotation marks ...
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How to Audibly "Hear" the pronunciation of a text name or pronunciation coding?

One site I use is Russian website translate.Yandex.ru which is a website, and that has a language "Translator" function ("Переводчик") on the main page's function bar. That translator is by ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

I think that the implied sub-text here is that there is a correct way of using terminology. In my personal view, language changes and so there often isn't such a view. If it's a technical term, ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

I am not certain that it is appropriate to use née in this way. Both Merriam-Webster.com and TheFreeDictionary.com seem to say that née is primarily: Used to indicate the maiden name of a married ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

I can't comment on the legal situation in NYC but I can give one pertinent example of a documented name change. My Great-great aunt, Augusta Barclay Bruce, emigrated to the USA in 1909. She ...
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Using DNA to link individuals after a name change

Yes, that is the basic strategy. You can use any of the main 4 DNA testing sites. These are the ones you can upload to Gedmatch and get usable raw data for. 23andme, FTNDA, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage. ...
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Finding name changes and surname usage for children?

Related questions: Determining what records are available in a particular locale? Determining what records are available about a individual? To make a research plan for this family, I would start ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

It is quite common in Dutch Genealogy for someone to have a "roepnaam", which literally translates as "call name", i.e. what people generally call you, a bit equivalent to a nick name but it tends to ...
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What name birth or step

While the conventional practice is for the primary name to be the birth name, many people accept that if someone has (almost?) never been known by that name, then it is appropriate to use the later ...
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Finding record of US name change in 1920s in New York?

Try looking in local courts in the areas where she was living. They may not be in a collection which is titled as such -- for one example, see the FamilySearch Research Wiki article New York Names, ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

For written materials, I would follow what Elizabeth Shown Mills' said, as outlined in this previous answer. This answer is intended as a supplement -- a place to record technical information. ...
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

The way that I record such a person's name in an Ancestry online tree is: First and Middle Name: Harry William Last Name: Smith (Jones) - I place Jones in round brackets because it is a Last Name ...
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How do immigrants change their names?

You don't say where you've seen that your grandfather's name was "Johansson". Maybe that is only in Swedish records, and he has always been "Erickson" in US records? Then that ...
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Change birth name or use Also Known As

When I began filling out my tree software (I use Family Tree Maker for the Mac), I used AKA for most of the name variations I found. I found it not to be helpful in tracking those variations. ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

This discussion reminded me of a wonderful informative discussion about names that is relevant to all genealogists: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/ ...
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How to handle name changes in records?

I find with married women's names it helps me keep things straight if I always use their birth name with the married name in (). They are already attached to their husband/married name already and ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

Regarding the discrepancy between Reva Osernoff living with the Axel family in 1920 and 1930 and later Reva O. Axel in her marriage record, have you considered the possibility that Reva Osernoff ...
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