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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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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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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

The basic premise in family history is to start with what you know, and work backwards and outwards from that point in small increments to discover more. You want to be able to say with confidence, ...
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Finding birth-name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

At least 3 approaches are possible and should be used in conjunction. Order your grandfather's SSN application (form SS-5). He was born more than 100 years ago, so his parents' names (assuming he ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Finding birth-name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

My grandfather also left home and changed his name when young. In my case I found the answer on his marriage license. He listed his mother's name and her town. From that I found her marriage ...
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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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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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Finding birth-name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

You will stand the best chance if he only changed his surname, not his forename(s), and if you know the names of his immediate family (ie parents and siblings). That way you can find him by process of ...
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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

I'm not finding that spelling anywhere. I recommend trying Woytowicz or Wojtkiewicz or Woytasiewicz. Also try replacing the "Y" with a "J" in all these names.
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Searching databases for ancestors with aliases?

I use FamilySearch a lot, from my experience it will depend on what name he legally used. They do not have a special name database, just what the records list. For instance I have one great uncle that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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