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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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GEDCOM: INDI.FAMC vs FAM.CHIL

I think you'll find just about every genealogy program makes many mistakes when exporting their GEDCOM. Some of them even add their own illegal GEDCOM on purpose because they want to export some data ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

Which county? I would suggest that deciding to align to what 'typical genealogists' do is not a good idea if it works counter to (a) your software or (b) your immediate intended audience. (Emphasis on ...
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How do I visibly make people aware that a connection is only tenuous and further research is needed?

Take a look at these Downloadable Image Icons for On-Line Family Trees provided on the blog Genealogy Junkie. Sue Griffith created these to mark which lines were verified by DNA research and which ...
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Specifying a Place Name in US With Regard to Time Frame

I have no idea if there is a standard about when to use "USA" (or expansion thereof) - if there is, I suspect it's fairly localised. That means, I believe, that I have to fall back on logic -...
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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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GEDCOM: INDI.FAMC vs FAM.CHIL

The GEDCOM 5.5 specification provides most explanation about the link inside the individual record, pointing to the family record. It says: The normal lineage links are shown through the use 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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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

There are policies on this subject in some areas related to genealogy. The General Register Office have rules for UK civil registration that require all registrations to show place names (and ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

To answer this question, I have to ask another one: how can we define "most genealogists"? Another thing to consider is how you are going to make use of the place data when you see it in your family ...
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Standard GEDCOM tag/note for copyright?

COPR (Copyright) is just a claim of copyright...and legally speaking, copyright is not the same as a license for use and distribution (like Creative Commons). You don't want to conflate the two if you ...
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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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Would occupation be appropriate for the NSFX field for older German listings?

NSFX in GEDCOM is one of the name pieces, specifically the suffix piece. GEDCOM gives "jr." as an example, but it could also include anything else that might be legally after the person's ...
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Specifying a Place Name in US With Regard to Time Frame

I think it's important to bear in mind that there are multiple reasons for distinguishing historic vs. contemporary place names, including (but not limited to), (a) proper identification of record ...
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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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Handling nicknames on Ancestry.com?

I had a similar situation in that records for my great grandmother showed up as Mary, Maria, and Marie. I knew her as Mary but in the "First and Middle Name" field I put Maria (Mary) Wilhemina ...
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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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